I Cant Think Straight (2008)

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  • IMDb page: I Cant Think Straight (2008)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 1,982 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: UK:80 min | Germany:85 min (European Film Market)
  • Filming Location: London, England, UK
  • Gross: $39,373(USA)(13 September 2009)
  • Director: Shamim Sarif
  • Stars: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth and Antonia Frering
  • Original Music By: Raiomond Mirza   
  • Soundtrack: Holy Daughter
  • Sound Mix: Dolby | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Indian | Sexual Desire | Changing Room | Beautiful Woman | Father Daughter Relationship

Writing Credits By:

  • Shamim Sarif (screenplay) &
  • Kelly Moss (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • The 2nd woman in line at the book signing is writer/director Shamim Sarif. She asks for the inscription “Amina”, which is the name of the character that Sheetal Sheth played in Shamim’s next movie, The World Unseen.
  • The woman who is giving the lecture on Jordan is Executive Producer Hanan Kattan, who is also the life partner of Writer/Director Shamim Sarif.
  • The 2 children in the park at the end of the film are Shamim and Hanan’s children.
  • In the book pile on Leyla’s desk, that her sister Yasmin notices while talking to Leyla, the book at the bottom is Writer/Director Shamim Sarif’s novel “Despite the Falling Snow”.

Goofs: Continuity: When Leyla and Tala are sitting on the stairs in the park both are wearing black shoes. In the next scene when they are walking through the park Tala's shoes are ocher.

Plot: In the upper echelons of traditional Middle Eastern society, Reema and Omar prepare for the marriage of their daughter Tala… See more » |  »

Story: In the upper echelons of traditional Middle Eastern society, Reema and Omar prepare for the marriage of their daughter Tala. But back at work in London, Tala encounters Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating Tala's best friend Ali. Tala sees something unique in the artless, clumsy, sensitive Leyla who secretly works to become a writer. And Tala's forthright challenges to Leyla's beliefs begins a journey of self-awareness for Leyla. As the women fall in love, Tala's own sense of duty and cultural restraint cause her to pull away from Leyla and fly back to Jordan where the preparations for an ostentatious wedding are well under way. As family members descend and the wedding day approaches, the pressure mounts until Tala finally cracks and extricates herself. Back in London, Leyla is heartbroken but learns to break free of her own self-doubt and her mother's expectations…Written by Shamim Sarif  

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Produced By:

  • Daisy Allsop known as associate producer
  • Aseem Bajaj known as line producer: India
  • Aida Kattan known as associate producer
  • Hanan Kattan known as executive producer
  • Hanan Kattan known as producer
  • Louise McManus known as line producer
  • Alma Mecattaf known as line producer: Paris
  • Kelly Moss known as executive producer
  • Manish Nirula known as consulting producer
  • Vikrant Sharma known as line producer: India
  • Lisa Tchenguiz-Imerman known as executive producer
  • Mervyn Wilson known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Lisa Ray known as Tala
  • Sheetal Sheth known as Leyla
  • Antonia Frering known as Reema
  • Dalip Tahil known as Omar
  • Nina Wadia known as Housekeeper
  • Ernest Ignatius known as Sam
  • Siddiqua Akhtar known as Maya
  • Amber Rose Revah known as Yasmin
  • Anya Lahiri known as Lamia
  • Kimberly Jaraj known as Zina
  • Sam Vincenti known as Kareem
  • Rez Kempton known as Ali
  • Darwin Shaw known as Hani (as Daud Shah)
  • George Tardios known as Uncle Ramzi
  • Ishwar Maharaj known as Sami
  • Gabrielle Amies known as Aunty Ramzi
  • Jessica Allsop known as Jennifer
  • Orly Jaraj known as Catty Woman
  • Antoinette Claessens known as Female Polo Player / Party Guest
  • Hanan Kattan known as Jordan Lecturer
  • Ian Mann known as Jeff
  • Steve Motion known as Head Waiter
  • Jay Karik known as Pedicure Girl
  • Dipti Patel known as Hair Girl
  • Nina Hautumm known as Secretary
  • Cuba known as Handsome Waiter 1
  • Dan Balcaban known as Handsome Waiter 2 (as Daniel Balcaban)
  • Brij Patel known as Jordan House Staff 1 (Ravi)
  • Ari Gill known as Jordan House Staff 2
  • Karen Frank known as Book Signing Fan 1
  • Ethan Sarif-Kattan known as Child in Park 1
  • Leonie Casanova known as Polo Spectator 1
  • Sandra Watfa known as Polo Spectator 2
  • Alastair Hepher known as Ramzi's Companion in Bar
  • Louise McManus known as Mother in Park
  • Shamim Sarif known as Book Signing Fan 2
  • Luca Sarif-Kattan known as Child in Park 2
  • Rebecca Jameson known as Diner (uncredited)
  • Daniel Jefferson known as Lecture Audience (uncredited)
  • Christina Neferis known as Wife of Hani (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Jay Karik known as key makeup artist
  • Stacey Kutzak known as assistant makeup artist
  • Dipti Patel known as key hair stylist
  • Michelle Watson known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Chris Barber known as assistant art director
  • Tim Blake known as assistant art director
  • Emily Johnson known as stand-by art director
  • Sheerin Khosrowshahi-Miandoab known as property master


Production Companies:

  • Enlightenment Productions

Other Companies:

  • Aquarium Studios  sound post-production
  • Eastman Kodak Company  film raw stock
  • Pixion  digital intermediate facility
  • Professional Negative Cutting  negative cutting
  • Reeltime Creative  advertising agency (Trailers, Posters, Websites)


  • Regent Releasing (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • here! Films (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • here! Films (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • E1 Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Homescreen (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Optimale (2009) (France) (DVD)
  • PRO-FUN media Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Chetan Gaur known as digital compositor
  • Abhishek Goel known as digital intermediate line producer: Pixion
  • Ilamuruguselvan known as digital artist
  • Kishor Kanchan known as scanning artist
  • Ranen Nongmaithem known as compositor
  • Uppu Pavanrajesh known as digital compositor
  • Kirit Rathod known as digital intermediate conformist
  • Balakrishna P. Subaiah known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • UK June 2008 (London Film Focus)
  • India November 2008
  • USA November 2008
  • Canada 21 November 2008 (Toronto)
  • USA 21 November 2008 (limited)
  • Germany 11 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • USA 15 March 2009 (QFest)
  • UK 3 April 2009
  • Germany 16 April 2009
  • France 23 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 13 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Greece 24 April 2010 (Athens International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual content


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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