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Pepi Singh Khara
Maryland Filmmaker Makes Second Feature Film
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Met a real estate broker with a passion for filmmaking? Well, meet Realtor Pepi Singh Khara of Frederick, Maryland who recently wrapped up his second full-length 95-minute feature, “The Inn,” under his own company banner, Frederick Films.

The movie is based on a 20-year-old true story out of a small Pennsylvania town where police found bodies of people who had died in mysterious circumstances. The bodies were discovered around the house of an overweight, unpopular spinster.

“I found the story to be so compelling that he decided to elaborate and embellish the true story into a full-length feature film,” says Khara, who has submitted “The Inn” to about 12 film festivals. The movie also is available in DVD format on his web site at www.frederickfilms.com

The Bombay native casts actor Kelly Roth as a TV reporter who uncovers disappearances of people, but set in a small Maryland town of Buckeystown. A Victorian mansion, owner by a spinster, served as the backdrop for the filming of “The Inn.”

Khara’s first movie, “Far From India,” which premiered in 2003, was accepted into two independent film festivals. “I fully expect to be invited to screen ‘The Inn’ at a few film festivals around North America,” he says with confidence. “I hope to showcase my ability as a producer, director, cameraman and editor to the audiences.”

And his films, both “The Inn” and “Far From India,” each costs just $30,000 to produce. “I see myself as an economical film maker,” he points out. “That translated into an executive producer's dream director. I think that people spend more money than they have to on films.”



Kelly Roth
In the olden days, filmmaking was expensive business, according to Khara. “However, now with the digital revolution, filmmaking has come full circle and gone from the classes to the masses, albeit still on the expensive side for many," he says.

Not all films shot in digital are made so cheaper. He points out that the all-digital “Spy Kids” cost millions of dollars. “A digital film is less expensive, lightweight and requires more portable cameras and gear, gives immediate results and feedback, with the focus on storytelling, not the equipment,” he justifies.

A native of Bombay, Khara initially was inclined toward the hotel business than real estate or film making for that matter. He immigrated with his parents to United Kingdom where he completed early college education.

He is a graduate of Austria’s Bad Hofgastein, which is one of the world’s leading hotel schools. Khara moved to the U.S. for further courses at Penn State University, where he met his wife who also was in the hotel business.

The two worked in the hotel business in the Washington, D.C. area until Khara decided to quit hotels and take up real estate.

Also a painter and photographer, Khara continues working at his own real estate company, which allows him financial freedom and flexibility to pursue his passion. "Some day, I hope to be making films for a living," he says.

Striving to improve as a filmmaker with each venture, Khara’s next venture is “The Loco Tree,” an action thriller with high drama. Stay tuned!
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