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NY Indian Film Festival’s feature line up

April 15
02:46 2011

Yeh Saali Zindagi

NEW YORK: The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) announced its complete line-up of exciting and thought-provoking feature films for the 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) which will take place from May 4 to May 8 in Manhattan. A total of 25 feature films will screen over the five-day period at the oldest and most prestigious Indian film festival in the country including 15 World and US premieres.

Making its US premiere will be Sudhir Mishra’s acclaimed romantic crime drama Yeh Saali Zindagi starring Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire, The Namesake). Legendary actress Shabana Azmi stars in the cross-cultural love story A Decent Arrangement which makes its world premiere. And movie fans will get to go back in time with Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan with the New York Premiere of Raakh Redux, the digitally remastered version of the actor’s early hit which won three National Film Awards.

NYIFF will also showcase an amazing line-up of powerful documentaries from and about India. The Bengali Detective, which chronicles the life of Kolkata’s dance-obsessed private eye Rajesh Ji, makes its New York Premiere following its extraordinary reception at Sundance.

Also screening will be Made in India which examines both sides of the surrogacy issue with an infertile American couple and a young mother in India contracted to carry their baby, and Bhopali which looks at the suffering that still exists today after the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak which was one of the world’s worst industrial disasters.

The full line-up of features includes three previously announced films – Disney’s Do Dooni Chaar directed by Habib Faisal and starring Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh which makes its US premiere as the opening night selection of NYIFF, the US premiere of Rituparno Ghosh’s Nauka Dubi which is the Closing Night selection, and the New York premiere of Aparna Sen’s Iti Mrinalini, which will screen as the Centerpiece selection.

I am thrilled to present the line up for the 11th Annual IAAC New York Indian Film Festival, says NYIFF Director Aseem Chhabra. “From May 4-8 film lovers in the greater New York area will see an array of unique stories and meet and interact with the filmmakers.

We are presenting a wonderful mix of films from India and other parts of the subcontinent as well as the Diaspora – a blend of works by young independent filmmakers and a few masters,” he adds. “The program represents films from Mumbai as well as other regional filmmaking centers in the subcontinent. Many of the films we are presenting are world and US premieres.”

Dozens of actors, directors, and celebrities will descend upon this year’s edition of the New York Indian Film Festival and its red carpet premieres including Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Habib Faisal, Rituparno Ghosh, and Aparna Sen.

India Post News Service

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