Desires of the Heart (2013 film)

Desires of the Heart is a 2013 English independent film directed by James Kicklighter and co-directed in India with Rajesh Rathi.[1] It stars Hollywood actors Val Lauren, Alicia Minshew alongside Bollywood actors Harsh Mayar and Gulshan Grover. The film began production in 2012 in Savannah, Georgia, United States.[1] and was later shot in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India.[2]

Desires of the Heart
Desires of the Heart (2013 film) poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byJames Kicklighter
Rajesh Rathi
(Co-Director: India)
Produced bySolila Parida
Jitendra mishra
Juan David Manotas
Screenplay bySolila Parida
John Howbrook
Mark Ezra Stokes
James Kicklighter
Story byDr. Prasanna K. Pati
StarringVal Lauren
Alicia Minshew
Harsh Mayar
Gulshan Grover
CinematographyTim Gill
Edited byAnthony Guerrero
DOTH Entertainment LLC
Release date
  • October 18, 2013 (2013-10-18) (LA Femme)
  • November 6, 2015 (2015-11-06) (India)
Running time
88 minutes
United States


Dr. Kris Sharma (Val Lauren) is a psychiatrist from India practicing in Savannah, Georgia when he meets Madeline (Alicia Minshew), a local artist with a mysterious past. While their relationship begins to blossom in America, Kris is summoned home by his brother (Gulshan Grover) to marry the woman (Priya Ahuja) chosen by his parents. But as he begins to make decisions about his future, he discovers centuries old secrets that may seal the fate of his destiny.



Desires of the Heart premiered during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival on 17 May 2014 in the Marche' du Films.[3] and was released in theaters across India on November 6, 2015 by Luminosity Pictures [4]

Critical receptionEdit

The film received critically acclaim. gave the film 4.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Desires Of The Heart is a damn near perfect Indie production in my eyes. All the pieces are there, and puzzled together in an expert way".[5] Film Threat gave 3.5 stars and wrote, "Sometimes Desires of the Heart feels like one of those films where its narrative ambition gets the better of it, but there are indeed moments of mastery to be found throughout. It’s a strong film, and I’d rather have a film take risks and not quite always work for me than simply play it safe and mediocre".[6] Independent Critic gave it 2.5 stars out of 4 and wrote, "Desires of the Heart is a beautiful and involving film featuring two fine performances by its leads".[7]

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Best Foreign Film, LA Femme International Film Festival, California, 2013[8][9]

Official SelectionEdit

  • Central Florida Film Festival, 2014[11]
  • Hoboken International Film Festival, 2014[10]
  • Sedona International Film Festival, 2014[12]
  • Macon Film Festival, 2014[13]
  • LA Femme International Film Festival, 2013[14][15]


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  2. ^ "Film shot in Bikaner goes to Cannes - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
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  5. ^ "Desires Of The Heart Review". IndyRed. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Reviews | Film Threat - Part 74982". 18 December 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  7. ^ "The Independent Critic - "Desires of the Heart" an Ambitious, Involving Film". Retrieved 24 May 2020.
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  10. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-08-08. Retrieved 2015-03-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  12. ^ "Rajesh Rathi's 'Desires of the Heart' travels to Cannes Film Festival". 14 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  13. ^ " CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News Headlines, Live News Updates". News18. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  14. ^ Team, Tellychakkar. "Desires Of The Heart wins Best Feature Film award at LA Femme Intl Film Fest". Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Odisha-born producer's film wins top award at LA Femme fest". 23 October 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2020 – via Business Standard.

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