Siddharth Dhananjay, an India-born actor/musician, will be seen in the hip-hop-inspired film, “Patti Cake$,” the worldwide distribution rights to which have been acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures. (Siddharth Dhananjay/Facebook photo)

Singer and rapper Siddharth Dhananjay, who gained fame on the social media performing cover versions of songs such as Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” has now made his way to the big screen.

The India-born musician, who is a graduate of the Iowa-based Grinnell College, is making his acting debut with first-time writer/director Geremy Jasper’s infectious hip-hop debut film, “Patti Cake$.”

The worldwide distribution rights to the film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, have been acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures. The film, which received rave reviews at the festival, releases sometime this year.

“Patti Cake$” introduces Australian native Danielle Macdonald in a breakout role, as aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$.  Fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in Jersey where her life is falling apart, Patti tries to reach the big time in the hip hop scene with original and affecting music.  Cheered on by her grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) and only friends, Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay) and Basterd (Mamoudou Athie), Patti also shoulders her mother’s (Bridget Everett) heartaches and misfortunes.

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