New York Indian Film Festival 2012

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Closing Night Screening of Nitin Kakkar's FILMISTAAN

New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) Closing Night red carpet Screening
Saturday, May 4, 2013

Skirball Center for Performing Arts,
60 Washington Square South, New York, NY.

Saturday, May 4, 2013
5 pm: Red carpet and Cocktail reception
6 pm: Nitin Kakkar's US Premiere Screening FILMISTAAN Post-screening discussion
8 pm: Award Ceremony
9 pm: Afterparty (by invitation only)
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 6:00 pm at Skirball Center for Performing Arts.
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Directed by Nitin Kakkar.
India 2012, 117 Minutes, Hindi with English subtitles.
New York Premiere.
Cast- Sharib Hashmi, Kumud Mishra, Gopal Datt, Inaamulhaq.
Post-screening discussion with director Nitin Kakkar.
Winner Best Hindi Film, 60th National Film Awards.

This National Award winning movie is set in Mumbai where, affable Bollywood buff and wanna-be-actor Sunny, who works as an assistant director, fantasizes on becoming a heart-throb star. However, at every audition he is summarily thrown out. Undeterred, he goes with an American crew to remote areas in Rajasthan to work on a documentary. One day an Islamic terrorist group kidnaps him for the American crew-member. Sunny finds himself on enemy border amidst guns and pathani-clad guards, who decide to keep him hostage until they locate their original target. The house in which he is confined belongs to a Pakistani, whose trade stems from pirated Hindi films, which he brings back every time he crosses the border. Soon, the two factions realize that they share a human and cultural bond. The film shows how cinema can be the universal panacea for co-existence.

Nitin Kakkar Director’s Bio: Born in Mumbai to a photographer father in 1975, Nitin Kakkar grew up on a staple diet of Bollywood. After gaining experience as an assistant director for Hindi movies, Nitin Kakkar made his directorial debut with the award-winning short film BLACK FREEDOM (2004). Since then, he has worked on a number of television projects. ‘FILMISTAN’ is his debut Feature film. It received a Special Jury Mention during its World Premiere at the Busan International Film Festival and embarking on its international tour, the film won him Best Debut Director at the International Film Festival of Kerala and Jaipur International Film Festival.

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