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Small Talk with Manini Gupta (Al)

This October leading up to Halloween, we at 4MileCircus are revisiting the production of Small Talk. We will be adding new special features to the deluxe edition and running a series of reflections here on the blog from writer/director Nicole Witte Solomon and others who made this oddly enduring horror flick.

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Manini Gupta as Al, shooting Small Talk way back in 2012.

Today we are thrilled to bring you a Q&A with Small Talk star Manini Gupta! Manini gave a killer performance as Al, a phone sex operator grappling with emerging psychokinetic powers. Film Threat called her “excellent” and said she “brings the character Al to extraordinary life, ” and that’s just one of many, many critical raves. If you haven’t seen the performance 13th Floor said was “…pulled off by Gupta with what seems like effortless ease…she really brought it,” I suggest you watch Small Talk today!

Also keep an eye out for Manini’s upcoming projects, including a Lifetime TV show(!) Watch the video to learn more about that, as well as the good, the bad, and the very, very gory sides of shooting Small Talk.

Be sure to check out previous Small Talk reflections from Jean Grae (Reporter Gale Winters), Jeremy Bobb (Westchester resident Fern Jennings), Ed Sacco (Smoking fetishist Tim), our composer Shawn Setaro, and ace cinematographer Jeanette Sears!

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