“Ashes is a serious and soulful debut from a serious up and coming director. With Ashes, Naidu has shown that he is a singular force to be reckoned with.” (read more)
— Aseem Chhabra
“Ashes is a promising directorial debut, rough around the edges in an old school New York kind of way. Those who dig indie crime drama should find its spirit to their liking.”
— J.B. Spins
“Ashes displays courage on Naidu's part... With his first movie complete, Naidu is on his way to becoming a force in the world of South-Asian American film.”
— MTV Desi

Music: Lushmeena by Osmani Soundz


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SYNOPSIS: ASHES follows the story of two brothers whose lives are unraveling. As one brother plummets deeper into mental illness, the other, Ashes, copes by throwing himself into the community that consumes him.


Toronto (World Premiere)

September 30, 2010

FILMI Toronto South Asian Film Festival

Chicago (U.S. Premiere)

October 2, 2010

Chicago South Asian Film Festival

New York Premiere

November 12, 2010

MIAAC 2010 (Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival)

Tampa, Florida

February 18, 2011

India International Film Festival of Tampa Bay

Queens, New York

March 4, 2011

Queens World Film Festival 2011

London Premiere

March 27, 2011

13th London Asian Film Festival 2011, Tongues on Fire

Boston, Massachusetts

April 18, 2011

Boston International Film Festival

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

May 11 & 15, 2011

Silk Screen Film Festival

New York, New York

August 18, 2011

New York International Latino Film Festival

Arlington, Massachusetts

October 8, 2011

Arlington International Film Festival

Vancouver, Canada

November 5, 2011

15th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival

San Francisco, California

November 10, 2011

3rd I San Francisco Interational South Asian Film Festival

Los Angeles, California

April 13th, 2012

ITN Film Festival

Chicago, Illinois

September 12, 2012

Chicago Cultural Center