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12th Annual New York Indian Film Festival

May 23- 27, 2012 New York, United States

What’s It All About?

The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is the longest-running showcase of Indian films in the US and was launched in the aftermath of 9/11 attacks. It works with artists and arts organisations in North America and facilitates artists and arts organisations from India to exhibit, perform and produce their work at the festival.This year NYIFF will showcase over 40 award-winning films by directors like Rituparno Ghosh, Anurag Kashyap and Pakistan’s Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. It will be held in lower Manhattan’s Tribeca theatre, considered the home for independent films.
Watch Out For!

The festival will open with Bedabrata Pain’s Chittagong, featuring Manoj Bajpai.The closing film will be Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur, featuring Manoj Bajpai, Jaideep Ahlawat, Richa Chadda, Raima Sen and Tigmanshu Dhulia. MLA directed by Shiv Dube featuring Mukesh Tiwari, Onkar Das Manikpuri, Pankaj Tripathi, Chaitanya Naidu, Ana Kanandadze, Deep Raj Rana, Puneet, Krishna Srivastava and Sania Bajaj will also be showcased.
The Jury consists of:

• Poorna Jagannathan

• Ashish Avikunthak

• Myrna Moncayo-Iyengar

• Udayan Gupta

• Muriel (Mike) Peters

• Sabrina Dhawan

• Kavery Kaul

• Parag Amladi

• Jerry Carlson

• Claus Mueller

• Nilita Vachani

• Zenobia Shroff

• Joseph Mathew

• Tejaswini Ganti


The festival’s schedule includes a line-up of internationally acclaimed and celebrated films like director Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Shagird and Dekh Indian Circus, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 16th Busan International Film Festival 2011.

Rajan Khosa’s Gattu, Ashvin Kumar’s Inshallah Football, a documentary set in Kashmir, which won the 2011 National Award, will also be showcased.

Besides, on the schedule is Azhagarsamy’s Horse, winner of the 2011 National Awards for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Supporting Actor.

The world premiere of Rituparno Ghosh’s Chitrangada as well as the US premiere of both parts of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur, will be hosted by NYIFF. These films are also lined up to be screened at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival.

The festival will also pay a special tribute to the legendary Dev Anand and showcase the colourised version of his hit film Hum Dono. In addition, director Shyam Benegal will be honoured with a retrospective of his movies, Zubeida, Mammo and Sardari BegumRegional films in Tamil, Bengali, and Marathi will also be screened. The most notable among them being the Tamil film 3, directed by Rajinikanth’s daughter Aishwarya Rajinikanth Dhanush, and featuring Dhanush and Shruti Haasan.

Other highlights of the festival include Obaid Chinoy’s Oscar-winning documentary Saving Face, Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret and award-winning films from South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka.


Some other films that will be screened are:

Bubble Gum

Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge

Lucky

Pardoner’s Tale

 


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