Interview with Winning Screenwriter Anoop Judge (THE RUMMY CLUB)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Anoop Judge: The Rummy Club is Joy Luck Club with an Indian cultural twist and tells the story of four Indian women bound by decades of friendship: Alka, a child of privilege and power; Mini, a beauty and a flirt; Priya, a nurturing earth mother; and Divya, who is insecure and envious of her friends. Now in their 40s and living in California, they find comfort and support in their weekly card game of rummy—even as their private lives begin to unravel.

In her younger years, Alka, the self-appointed leader of the group, was pressured into marrying a wealthy man whom she loathes in order to save her family’s failing business. As a result, she turned all of her attention to her son, Krishna, becoming an obsessive and overbearing mother in the process. As usual, her three friends adjust to her version of reality. But each has her own difficulties as well: Mini’s beloved husband dies unexpectedly; Priya catches her husband cheating; and Divya feels increasingly envious of her companions’ financial stability.

When Alka’s son lapses into a coma after a suicide attempt, her fabricated world shatters like glass. Mini, Priya, and Divya band together to support her, but a misunderstanding threatens to dissolve the foursome when they need each other most. It will take more than a game of rummy to repair the most important friendships of their lives.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/Multicultural

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

How common is the knowledge that every sixth human being in the world today is Indian? Here in the United States, the East Indian population is one of the fastest growing ethnic groups and increasing at a rate of 69%. This trend compels me to give voice through my stories to the East Indian diaspora in the context of twenty-first century America much of whose population is unaware of the rich culture of their new neighbors.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Women’s Friendships

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Too many to count

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years

7. How many stories have you written?

I’m currently working on my third novel. An excerpt from my second novel “The Awakening of Meena Rawat” has just been selected for publication in a literary journal.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)

This is my fight song.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The obstacle I’m facing now is to turn this screenplay into a movie or T.V. show or a theater production.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading. Working out.
Being an advocate for, and providing pro bono representation to indigent women and disadvantaged children. Visit my website (http://www.anoopjudge.com) for more information about my pro bono efforts.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your
experiences working with the submission platform site?

Absolutely wonderful!

 Watch the Screenplay Reading:

CAST LIST:

Mini: Cassandra Guthrie
Karen: Erica Levene
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Tom: Christopher Bautista
Rain: Luke Robinson

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