The titular Evil Eye in the film is a reference to the nazar worn on a bracelet by the story’s protagonist – a young Indian-American woman named Pallavi (Sunita Mani) living in New Orleans. The charm was given to her by her mother, Usha (Sarita Choudhury) as a means of warding off malevolence, and also serves as a metaphor of sorts for the matriarch’s role in Pallavi’s life. Though Usha and Pallavi’s father, Krishnan (Bernard White), live in Delhi, India, she is constantly reaching out to her daughter, most often to hound her about not being married.

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