Actress Sujata Day to make directorial debut with film on spelling bee

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Actress Sujata Day will make her debut with “Definition Please,” which follows a Scripps Spelling Bee champion who must reconcile with her estranged brother when he returns home to help care for their sick mother.

Day, who has also written “Definition Please,” told Deadline that the film is “loosely based on my relationship with my family and growing up Indian-American in my hometown of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.”

The film stars Ritesh Rajan and Jake Choi, along with Anna Khaja, as Lalaine Vergara-Paras, Parvesh Cheena, Sonal Shah, Tim Chiou, Kunal Dudheker, Meera Simhan and Maya Kapoor. Filming will take place this summer and will be shot on location in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Day is known for her role as CeCe in Issa Rae’s “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” which was adapted into “Insecure” for HBO. She recurred for three seasons on the comedy and was recently a guest star on Netflix’s “I Think You Should Leave” with Tim Robinson. She also appeared in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Life in Pieces.”

Day is Sundance New Voices Screenwriting Lab alum and is the 2019 HBO Visionaries Ambassador. In 2017, she wrote, produced, directed and starred in “Cowboy and Indian,” which is being developed as a television series.

She was a narrative features juror for the prestigious Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in 2018 and made the 2018 list for NBC Asian America Presents: A to Z.

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