M. Night Shyamalan makes premiere of new film Old a family affair with wife and three daughters

It took about three months, under strict COVID-19 protocols in the Dominican Republic, but M. Night Shyamalan was able to complete his latest feature film, Old.

And on Monday the famed writer and director made the world premiere for the supernatural thriller a family affair by having his wife and three daughter by his side.

The debut event was held at Jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York City, followed by an afterparty inside the venue’s Appel Room.

Family affair: M. Night Shyamalan and wife Bhavna Vaswani shared the spotlight at the world premiere of  the writer and directers new film Old with their three daughters Shivani Shyamalan, Saleka Shyamalan and Ishani Shyamalan

The Pennsylvania native, by way of Mahé, India, looked dapper in a champagne-colored suit with a white dress shirt, colorful tie and black shoes.   

His wife, who he started dating more than 31 years ago, looked elegant in a black and white-patterned skirt that was paired with a sheer black bustier. 


Vaswani rounded out her ensemble with black open-toe heels and her raven tresses styled long and flowing to about the middle of her back and a center part.  

Shyamalan, 50, looked dapper in a champagne-colored suit, a white dress shirt, colorful tie and black shoes as he posed with wife Bhavna Vaswani

Edgy elegance: Vaswani looked elegant in a black and white-patterned skirt that was paired with a sheer black bustier

The couple’s daughter Saleka Shyamalan, known professionally as Saleka, looked like the belle of the ball in her elegant gown for he premiere

Teaser: The Shyamalan’s daughter Ishana Shyamalan  gave more than a hint of her cleavage and left leg in her black-patterned dress

The premise of Old centers on a family go on a tropical vacation and discover that the secluded beach they are relaxing on for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day. 

The film features a stellar cast including Gael Garcia Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Rufus Sewell, Embeth Davidtz, Kathleen Chalfant and Emun Elliott.    

Shyamalan had to bring his team to the Dominican Republic to begin principal photography for Old in late September, which lasted through the wrap date of November 15.       

Tough conditions: Shyamalan shot Old in the Dominican Republic from September to mid-November during a rise in cases of COVID-19 around the world; the couple made sure to strike a number of poses together

Proud papa: The Pennsylvania native, by way of India, also snuggled up with daughter Ishana

Proud statistic: Shyamalan went on to reveal that his cast and crews of Old and Servant, in the previous months, followed extremely strict protocol and were tested 6,000 times with a confirmed case of COVID-19 on the two sets

Afterwards, the famed writer and director announced he and his team were able to shoot the movie and season two of his psychological horror series, Servant, in the months before it without any new cases of COVID-19.

He went on to reveal that his cast and crews followed extremely strict protocol and were tested 6,000 times between the two projects. And that was during a time when the number of confirmed virus cases rose in many countries around the globe.

Initially Old was slated to premiere on February 26, but with the delay due to the coronavirus pandemic it was pushed back to July 23.      

Shyamalan is best known for his films The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), and After Earth (2013).                     

More partying: Shyamalan and Vaswani also attended an afterparty for Old

Making the rounds: The Sixth Sense director and writer also chatted with film score composer Trevor Gureckis

The team: Shyamalan also posed with some of the cast and crew including, Luca Faustino Rodriguez, Aaron Pierce, Kylie Begley, Gael Garci­a Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Kailen Jude, Alex Wolff, Nolan River, Alexa Swinton, Mikaya Kenzie Fisher and Nikki Amuka-Bird

Making his mark: The famed writer and director is best known for such films as The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable 92000), Signs (2002) and After Earth (2013)

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