Naatak presents its 20th production – Its Third Film

The Seine


Directed by Mahesh Umasankar

Produced by Prabhu Mohan and Balaji Natarajan

About the Play

Grover, facing a financial crunch, takes on Sunny as his roommate without the knowledge of his landlord. Grover soon realizes some inconsistencies in Sunny’s background and confronts him. This results in some startling revelations about Sunny’s past centered on an “empty” house with strange noises. As Sunny struggles to shake off his nightmares, a disbelieving Grover is slowly drawn into his past life. Sunny and Grover then embark on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the house which leads to unpleasant and unexpected results.


Mahesh Umasankar

Mahesh Umasankar has been actively involved in theater for over 20 years, a passion he inherited from his parents who founded and ran a professional theater company in their yester years. He has been actively associated with Naatak, An Independent Film and Theater Organization in the role of director, actor and various other production duties. This eventually launched him into the movies in the year 2000. He made his debut on the silver screen as an actor in the critically acclaimed “Bugaboo” a warm parody about immigrant life in the Silicon Valley. But, his strong desire has always been to create and perform behind the scenes. A casual meeting with Ram culminated in the creation of “The Seine”.

An Engineer by profession, he has constantly tried to bridge logical thought process and creative thinking in the field of moviemaking with reasonably favorable results. Inspired by the fascinating experiences of working with other filmmakers, he continues to explore opportunities to enhance that. He intends to enter mainstream filmmaking in the near future.

Ram Padmanabhan

Ram Padmanabhan, 26, born and raised in Bombay, India came to the US 6 years ago. After completing his Electrical Engineering in Ohio, he moved to California in search of a job. He has been living in Northern California ever since. While pursuing his undergraduate degree in Bombay, he was actively involved in directing, writing and acting in short plays. He left India thinking it was the end of his theater career.

In 2001, Ram made two shorts (3 and 7 minutes) after educating himself in Film and Television at DeAnza College. This movie ‘The Seine’ started off as his idea which he spoke to Mahesh about, and they ended up writing it together. It is his first venture into a movie of this length. He does have intentions to quit his career (engineering) someday, as he hates filming on weekends only.

Language: Hindi (with English supertitles)
Run-time: 120 minutes
Children under 12 will not be admitted


Nov 13, 14 – Milpitas
Nov 20 – Berkeley
Nov 21 – San Francisco
Dec 4 – Pleasanton
Dec 5 – Milpitas – 3 pm, 7 pm


General: $12
Groups of 4+: $9

Proceeds benefit ICC and AIF. The San Francisco show is in association with Cafe Arts.


India Community Center,
555 Los Coches Street,
Milpitas, CA 95035

Ashby Stage,
1901 Ashby Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94703

Off-Market Theater & Studio
965 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103