Suburban King/Top-Girl
Aakash Bhatia 2015

Saturday Jun 11, 2016

Firefighter's Field
Roosevelt Island
405 Main St. New York, NY 10044
Take the F subway to Roosevelt Island (1 stop past 63rd & Lex). The Roosevelt Island Tram is also open and can be entered at 60th Street and 2nd avenue (comes every 15 minutes). When you exit the subway, walk through the outdoor plaza to get to the east side of the Island. The field is just across the street.

7:30PMDoors Open
8:00PMLive Music by Free Cake for Every Creature
8:30PMFilms Begin


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Forest City Ratner Companies
This event is free and open to the public

Suburban King/Top-Girl (Aakash Bhatia | India | 7 min.)



Fear has a form, fame has a form, success has a form. In this case all these intangibles are seen in the form of a human pyramid.

Suburban king / Top-girl is the story of the three characters from the slums of Jogeshwari east who, in their own way get over their fears and fight for their aspirations.

Part of the Jai Jawaan Mandal they set out to be a little more than who they are by achieving the world record for the highest human pyramid ever made in the world. It’s a metaphor for success, a little insight into what goes into being the rock star person alities they are.

Seen through the point of documentary crew, the film is an ode to these cool people in a cool new genre-bending attempt at story telling.


With a background in theatre, and love for direction and writing Aakash started his journey into film making-by-making films and doing them in a DIY manner to make something that resonates with people and finds a place in a different style of story telling. With three years experience in advertising as a copywriter the move to filmmaking became a permanent one.

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