April 7 – 17, 2011
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a non-profit organisation devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, supporting emerging filmmakers, recognising the leadership of entertainment industry performers and business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.
Every year, the festival is held at the Arclight Hollywood and features a rich mix of film programmes designed to build and support the growing interest in the Indian entertainment industry.
Watch Out For!
This year, the festival has a mix of critically-acclaimed films from all genres. Nila Madhab Panda’s inspiring film, I Am Kalam, will kick-start the 2011 programme with great pomp. Chotu, a young boy working at a café, dreams of getting an education. Chotu has been sent away by his mother to work and he has no time to go to school. Inspired by a message from President Kalam – that anyone can change their destiny and their status in life – Chotu studies on his own whenever possible.
PEEPLI[Live], directed by Anusha Rizvi, is also included in the section Bollywood by Night. The debutant filmmaker gives a satirical spin to the tragic farmer-suicide epidemic that has plagued Indian villages for the last decade.
Phil Cox’s The Bengali Detective revolves around lies, corruption, fraud, adultery, and even murder that make up the dark underbelly of the economic boom in Indian cities like Kolkata. Aparna Sen’s An Unfinished Letter (Iti Mrinalini) narrates the story of the famous actress Mrinalini (Aparna Sen), her rise to stardom, struggles in her personal life and the challenges of growing older within the film industry.
Kiran Rao’s first feature film, Mumbai Diaries (Dhobi Ghat), is also included in the list. In addition, That Girl In Yellow Boots by Anurag Kashyap, toplining Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, will travel to this extravaganza too.
Bollywood by Night will also feature Hindi blockbuster, The Robot (Endhiran). Featuring Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai and Danny Denzongpa in the lead, it’s about the biggest superhero you’ve never heard of. The same section will also screen Wedding Planner (Band Baaja Baaraat). Director Maneesh Sharma presents a light-hearted, crackling chemistry between Bittoo and Shruti. Desperate to find a way out of having to join his family’s farming business, Bittoo begs Shruti to take him on as her partner in her ambitious wedding planning enterprise, Shaadi Mubarak.
Onir’s I Am, Pink Saris by Kim Longinotto, Sweta Vohra’s Pink Chaddis and Kenny Meehan and Bill Bowles’ Big In Bollywood are some other films in this year’s catalogue.
Shorts Program 1 presented by Hollywood Shorts, and Shorts Program 2 presented by the USC School of Cinematic Arts, will showcase short films in different Indian languages with English subtitles. Beholder, Idol, In That Moment, The Return Address and The Stitches Speak (Tanko Bole Chhe) are included in Shorts Program 1.
Shorts Program 2 will feature Just That Sort Of A Day, All Is Well, Façade (Poshak), The Eclipse Of Taregna and Joy Of Giving among others.
World Premiere of Zokkomon, helmed by Satyajit Bhatkal will be the closing-night gala. A heart-warming and action-packed tale, it tells the story of Kunal, a young orphan on a journey of transformation.