Chef Vikas Khanna hosts rooftop party for LGBTQ film Coming Out With The Help Of A Time Machine

From left, Pulkit Dutta, Sangeeta Agrawal, Vijay Mirchandani, Naman Gupta, Vikas Khanna, Nav Gupta, Vivek Oberoi, Neetu Sharma Gupta, James Orfanos, Teddy Orfanos at the June 19, 2022, rooftop party in Manhattan hosted by Chef Khanna.- Photo Credit: Fahim Feroj courtesy Jingo Media

The who’s who of Manhattan celebrated the success of Naman Gupta’s LGBTQ short film ‘Coming Out With The Help Of A Time Machine’ at a rooftop party hosted by celebrity chef and filmmaker Vikas Khanna in Manhattan June 19, 2022. Gupta also announced at the event that the film is being converted into an episodic television series.

COMING OUT team in a group huddle at the June 19, 2022, rooftop party hosted by Chef Vikas Khanna.
Photo Credit: Sachyn Mital courtesy Jingo Media

Coming Out had its New York City premiere at the popular Tribeca Festival, as part of the closing night block of queer films on Sunday, a June 22 press release from Jingo Media said.

Guests of honor at Khanna’s private soiree included Bollywood actor and philanthropist Vivek Oberoi, Delhi fashion designer Mayyur Girotra, Jewelry designer Amrita Singh, Sufi Wines founder Sam Bhatia, New York City realtor Jaswant Lalwanithe film’s producers Nav and Neetu Gupta and James and Teddy Orfanos, and lead actors Karan Soni and Sangeeta Agrawal.

“I’ve always been on the forefront of supporting South Asian culture from the very beginning. My heart, my doors are always open to promote anything to do with South Asian food, arts, entertainment, fashion and culture,” Khanna is quoted saying in the press release. He hosted the party on the rooftop of his Manhattan residence.

‘Coming out with the Help of a Time Machine’ Tribeca Film Fest Party. From left, From L to R: Sam Bhatia, Jitin Hingorani, Amrita Singh, Vikas Khanna
Photo Credit: Sachyn Mital courtesy Jingo Media

‘Coming Out’ was one of 10 films with a Desi connection at Tribeca, the most ever in the festival’s history. “It really feels like our time has come! There are a lot of people from the South Asian community who have pioneered and paved the way for us to stand where we are today, and with Tribeca giving so many of us the platform that we have, it’s truly a momentous year for the South Asian diaspora,” said Agrawal, who plays Soni’s homophobic mother in the film.

“The series is going to be a one-hour drama, and it’s not something that just the LGBTQ crowd or the South Asian crowd or the sci-fi crowd will enjoy,” Gupta said. “It’s a very international, mainstream, sci-fi, immigrant family drama inter-twined with a LGBTQ romance and rivalry,” he revealed.

The series is currently in development, and the core team is looking for additional producers and distributors to helm the project.



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