Video: Omi Vaidya on “For Here or To Go,” Films and Cinequest

Actor Omi Vaidya’s film “For Here or To Go?” will have its world premiere at Silicon Valley’s Cinequest Film Festival this evening. We caught up with the actor last night at Cinequest to talk about his new film, working in Bollywood and his future plans.

For Here or To Go?” captures the angst and uncertainties of young immigrant workers in America. The film is set in Silicon Valley and highlights the unsettling nature of  working on a H1B visa, also known as a work visa. Many of them put their ambitions  and lives on hold given the uncertain nature of their immigrant status. For example, you cannot do a startup when you are on a work visa. The film highlights the other side of the equation of what happens when someone is on H1B and what it takes for them to survive and fulfill their dreams. Not everybody who comes on a H1B visa gets a green card. The one constant refrain in any immigrant life is do they stay in America or go back to their country of origin.

As Vaidya mentions in the interview his parents went through a similar experience of anxiety when they were young. Vadiya’s dad is a physician. The family eventually settled in Joshua Tree in California.

“For Here or To Go?” is written and directed by Silicon Valley techies Rishi Bhilwadikar and Rucha Humnabadkar. The film stars Ali FazalMelanie Kannokada, Omi Vaidya, Amitosh Nagpal, Samrat Chakrabarti, Rajit Kapur and Keith Stevenson.