- The duo has collaborated on several projects including “Rust,” the film whose production was halted last year when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed from a bullet discharged from a gun that contained a live round.
Indian American actor and producer Anjul Nigam and Alec Baldwin have come together to form Persona Entertainment, a film and TV production company, Deadline reported. Their first project is a psychological thriller titled “False Awakening,” starring and executive produced by Baldwin. Nigam, who will star in a supporting role, will produce the film.
According to Deadline, the film “about a man whose waking nightmares start to fuse with his everyday life” is headed to the upcoming Cannes film festival. It is written and directed by Benjamin Tomson.
Providing a synopsis of the film, Deadline says Baldwin “will play a psychologist who compels the man to tap his higher powers in confronting his past and preventing his life from spiraling into a violent psychosis.”
Nigam and Baldwin were among the producers of Joel Souza’s “Rust,” the film whose production was halted last year when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed from a bullet discharged from a gun that contained a live round.
In a statement provided to media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Nigam said he’s been working with Baldwin for “several years,” adding that “he’s been a tremendous talent to be in business with.” He said the formation of the company “grew organically from the natural progression of things. The ride can be a roller coaster and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with Alec.”
Nigam and Baldwin have worked together on Souza’s earlier film “Crown Vic.” They also co-star in “Supercell” and “97 Minutes.” Nigam serves as an executive producer on both films.
The Indian American is known for his recurring role as Dr. Raj, “the psychiatric doctor” on the ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” His other noteworthy credits include being a producer, writer, and actor in the film “Growing Up Smith,” about an Indian family who moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. He also produced “Louisiana Caviar,” Cuba Gooding Jr.’s directorial debut.
He was one of the supporting leads in the CBS/Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “Back When We Were Grownups,” and was one of four leads in “The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest.” He co-starred with Bill Murray and James Spader in the Universal/StudioCanal feature comedy “Speaking of Sex.”
In television, he was a regular in the role of nurse Manoj Nakshi on the ABC medical drama “MDs,” and one of the leads in the ABC miniseries “Netforce” and in Showtime’s “Silver Strand.”