New York Indian Film Festival 2012

NYIFF 2013 – Celebrating Indian Cinema

Dekh Tamasha Dekh at NYIFF

NYIFF – Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema

Few 100-year-olds are this vibrant but Indian Cinema has all the sass and punch in its centenary year and we can expect exciting things from an industry which has embraced so many different genres.  The upcoming New York Indian Film Festival (April 30- May 4, 2013), presented by Indo-American Arts Council,  promises to serve up a feast of  movies which are making waves. So here’s to a taste of cinema, past and present.

“All the film industry is going to Cannes to celebrate the 100th year of Indian cinema. We are the perfect global kick-off because in 1913 on May 4th was the first-ever Indian movie  – and that’s the date of our closing night!” said Aroon Shivdasani, the Executive Director of IAAC, who along with Aseem Chhabra, director of the festival, has selected the eclectic mix of films.

NYIFF is the oldest film festival in the US and brings film-lovers together for a feast of the expected and the unexpected – features, docs, short films celebrating different viewpoints and genres from arthouse to Diaspora. The community comes together for screenings, post-screening discussions, parties and panel discussions, and of course red carpet events where you can actually meet some reel and real life celebrities.

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Dekh Tamasha Dekh & More

It bodes well for the Indian film industry that independent movies are increasingly brave, individualistic and not tied to any formula. The opening night film at the upcoming New York Indian Film Festival is ‘Dekh Tamasha Dekh’ on April 30 at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, the film is a social and political satire which shows you not ‘Incredible India’ but according to the filmmakers – Impossible India.

The pleasure of NYIFF  is that it explores offbeat independent films as well as spicy  Bollywood but also the 100 years of Indian Cinema, with films such as ‘Bombay Movie’  and ‘The Human Factor’ which is a documentary about that staple ingredient of Indian cinema – song and music. This movie takes you into the lives of the Lords, a family of Parsi musicians who contributed much to the Hindi film industry. To acknowledge and pay tribute to the unknown talents who gave pleasure to so many movie-goers is indeed a way to learn about the film industry in its 100th year.
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