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     IACCGH Monthly Programs
      Networking Dinner - January 31, 2006

Ashok Rao has played many roles in his life. Amongst many, he is a successful entrepreneur, a spirited motivational speaker, and a budding movie producer.

On January 31, 2006, he charmed an audience of more than 150 people, when he brought these three elements together in his talk on "An Insider's, Behind the Scenes, Look at Movie Making".

 Ashok is now working on his fourth movie production. His first movie "My Bollywood Bride" recently premiered at the Palm Springs Film Festival and was voted Best of the Fest. His second movie, "The Whisperers" is in post-production.

 It was obvious that his intense involvement in each movie gave him substantial insights into the business, human, technological and creative aspects of moviemaking.

 In his own pleasant, light style, interspersed with humor that brought the house down, he outlined the major phases of movie making, from pre-production to marketing and distribution. He later went back to the framework he had just shared, and gave examples with clips from "My Bollywood Bride" and "The Whisperers" that delighted the audience.

 The event was sponsored by  IIT Alumni of Greater Houston (IITAGH) and the
 Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH). The audience
 included  not only members of the sponsoring organizations but also local
 independent movie makers and post-production firms, mainstream newspapers,
local economic development representatives from Governor Rick Perry's office, aspiring producers from other parts of the US, Indian consular staff, and Indian and overseas luminaries. The Indian Consulate was represented by Deputy Consul General Pillai.

 The IITAGH and the IACCGH should be congratulated for highlighting a unique
 perspective on show biz to the Houston community. And most importantly, Ashok Rao, an IIT alumnus and an IACCGH member, should be thanked for sharing his wisdom and knowledge with such candid eloquence and charm, and of course, in such an
entertaining manner. 

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