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The Tiger Hunter - A Feature Film by Lena Khan

Posted on January 23, 2013

Filmmaker (and Haute Hijab’s January Hijabi of the Month!) Lena Khan burst onto the film scene with her award-winning 2007 video “A Land Called Paradise.” Now, she’s embarking on an exciting new project: “The Tiger Hunter,” her first feature-length film.

“The Tiger Hunter” tells the story of Sami Malik, an ambitious young engineer who leaves his life in India for the groovy world of 1970s Chicago. Hoping to impress a childhood crush and live up to his father’s legacy as a local legend and tiger hunter, Sami finds himself working as a mail clerk and embarking on a series of outlandish adventures. Between a couple of oddball roommates, absurd entry-level jobs, and more than a few crazy schemes, much hilarity ensues.

Lena first got the idea simply from listening to her dad tell stories, which over time gave her much of the material for the film. Supplemented with other accounts of everyone from hippies to office workers to other 1970s-era immigrants, the end result is a completely unique and totally funny script that turns stereotypes squarely on their heads.


“I’m making this film because it’s a story I really want to show you, a crazy hodge-podge of inspirations, molded into a comically fictional but authentic script,” says Lena. “I kind of feel like how I imagine Sylvestor Stallone or Nia Vardalos did before writing Rocky or My Big Fat Greek Wedding—I have a movie I really want to make because it’s fresh and different, and one that only I could truly tell.” 

“The Tiger Hunter” has already sparked the interest of a major Hollywood producer with an enviable who’s-who network, as well as a notable Hollywood celebrity. Though she can’t reveal everyone who’s involved just yet, it’s clear that her idea is picking up steam: Davi Barker recently wrote about the film, “Since I saw 'Domestic Crusaders,' the play by Wajahat Ali, I’ve been saying that American Muslims are searching for their ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ From the sound of it, ‘The Tiger Hunter’ may shape up to be our 'American Graffiti'.”

Lena’s voice is a breath of fresh air, and we can’t wait to see what she hopes to create—but it’s only possible with support. Lena has created a Kickstarter campaign to raise grassroots financial support for the film. Her project will only be funded if at least $55,000 is pledged by Saturday, February 16th. Watch her Kickstarter video: 

For as little as a dollar, or as much as you want, you can help push ‘The Tiger Hunter’ onto the big screen! We're so excited for Lena and can't wait to see her dream turn into reality. To read more about the project, visit Lena’s blog, check out the Kickstarter page, donate what you can and don’t forget to spread the word! 


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