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Prashant Bhargava, the director of award winning film “Patang” fondly remembers Roger Ebert. Ebert loved “Patang”, gave it his famous thumbs up with four stars and invited it to his festival Ebertfest


I grew up in Chicago. I didn’t grow up with Bollywood.  Before Amitabh Bachchan, I knew Roger Ebert.

My first exposure to film was watching Siskel and Ebert debate on their television show.  Roger was one who made film accessible for me.  From our sofa, I would jump up and at times vehemently disagree with their thumbs up or down. Other times I found myself enlightened by their impassioned discussions.  From an early age, Roger, sparked my love for cinema.

Prashant Bhargava with Roger Ebert

But my father was the first in our family to actually meet him. For 17 years, he took Roger’s film criticism class at the University of Chicago’s downtown extension.  Roger would pick a topic, »

- Prashant Bhargava

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