Producing films for
a global audience
Dharlin Entertainment is an award winning independent American production company founded in December 1989 by husband and wife team – Dharan & Linda Mandrayar. Independent and passionate they are committed to producing entertaining, thought provoking and inspiring films. With Dharan’s extensive connections within the film industry in India, Dharlin Entertainment produces high quality films at a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere. The goal is to make films with the look of a David Lean picture at a much smaller budget – “A lean David Lean picture”. Dharlin’s latest venture is to bring to the screen the story of the Apostle “Doubting” Thomas who traveled to India in 52AD and was eventually martyred.
A Western Religion?
Many consider Christianity a Western religion. It originated in the middle east and in the Jewish community. The eastern Jewish culture was markedly different from their western Roman rulers. One can truly say that Christianity was born in the middle of the Eastern and Western worlds.
The St. Thomas cross & Christians (Nasranis) were first encountered by the Portugese explorer Vasco De Gama in India in 1498AD.
India is the largest producer of films in the world. Dharan grew up in India amongst a family of entertainers. While in college, Dharan officially started working for the parent company, Sivaji Productions, in the mid 70’s as a production assistant and worked his way up. His involvement in all aspects of production took him on locations all over Europe and Asia. In 1982 Dharan came to America to pursue his Masters degree. He attended Pepperdine University and graduated with an MBA.
Linda, a native Californian, spent her early years in Pennsylvania and then moved back with her family to Irvine, California. Upon graduation from University High, she attended Pepperdine University and earned a degree in Communications, specializing in Public Relations and Advertising.
Linda and Dharan met while at Pepperdine and married in 1986. They formed Dharlin Entertainment in 1989 to work on producing inspiring films in between work at Sivaji Productions. They have three adult children and reside in San Diego County.
Sivaji Ganesan was an actor par excellence. He played the lead role in over 300 films during his career spanning five decades. He has won numerous awards for his acting including the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, highest honor for films in India. Sivaji was also the first Indian actor to be conferred with a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France. The award for best actor in India is named after him.
Sivaji and his younger brother Shan (Dharan’s father) formed a very successful partnership, Sivaji Productions, in the early 50’s. Dharan says that he is indeed blessed to have been born into this very loving, creative, and successful family. Currently the third generation has successfully introduced actors and producers. The story continues…
Shan (L) & Sivaji (R) on location
Sivaji’s statue erected after his death in 2001
A stamp of Sivaji released by the Indian government
Sivaji with Marlon Brando
Sivaji with Hollywood greats
White Rainbow Theatrical Trailer
White Rainbow – Behind The Scenes
Films & Filmography
Inspired by true events, White Rainbow, is the story of Priya (Sonali Kulkarni – Bride & Prejudice), a beautiful, affluent young woman widowed and left to fate. Alone in a land of extreme contrasts, she seeks peace in the “City of Widows”, but instead of finding solace, Priya finds a cruel world filled with brutality. Despondent, she meets three remarkable women and together they embark on a journey of empowerment as they fight for the rights of the widows of India in this ultimately hopeful and uplifting story. The film inspires us all to see the Rainbow present in all women.
Ele, My Friend
Ele, My Friend is a tale of courage, friendship and loyalty. Set in a time during the British Raj of the early 1920’s, the story unfolds with Charles a curious and adventurous 10 year old, who stumbles upon a herd of wild elephants deep in the jungle. Fascinated by his discovery, Charles becomes inseperable with one of the elephants, a baby he names Ele. They are happy in a world of their own until their bliss is shattered by the sound of gun fire. Now Charles must decide if he can brave the odds to save his friend Ele.
Sivaji Productions, Sivaji Films,
& Prabhu Movies
- Amar Deep
- Puthiya Paravai
- Vietnam Veedu
- Annan Oru Koil (Dharan in production)
- Needhiyin Nizhal
- Aruvadai Naal
- Anandha Kaneer
- Vetri Vizha
- My Dear Marthandan
- Thaalatu Kekuthamma
- Ele, My Friend
- White Rainbow
- Delhi Heights
The White Rainbow Project
The White Rainbow Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was formed after Dharlin Entertainment produced the film White Rainbow. Having the film shed light on the dismal conditions of the widows in Vrindavan (aka City of WIdows) was not enough for Linda and Dharan. They decided that they need to do more and thus embarked on a journey to help the abandoned widows. With a group of like minded individuals and volunteers they started to travel to India to help the widows. Initially they were just flying by the seat of their pants and trying to work with other NGO’s. Eventually they formed the White Rainbow Project to love on the women, help teach them skills so that they can create goods that are sold in Fair Trade stores, churches, schools etc. The Project also matches donor/sponsors with Widows at the program. Linda is an ardent advocate and tirelessly spends her time promoting the project.