Hollywood came out for the premiere of Learning to Drive, a film starring Ben Kingsley as a turbaned Sikh cab driver, and Patricia Clarkson as his driving student.
Ben Kingsley with Patricia Clarkson, who wears an embroidered Naeem Khan gown.
Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life’s road blocks. Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit, but their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.
Directed by Isabel Coixet, the film also stars Sarita Choudhury, Samantha Bee, Jake Weber, and Avi Nash. Learning to Drive had it’s international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and drummed up a bit of controversy for casting a non-Sikh actor for the role of a Sikh cab driver, but this is Hollywood, and Ben Kingsley brings star power to the movie.
The film releases August 21 in New York and Los Angeles, and other cities across North America on August 28.
See photos from the red carpet premiere and VIP after party below. Patricia Clarkson wears a Naeem Khan gown.