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May 16, 2014
COVER STORY
By a Staff Writer
he annual NewYork
Indian Film Festival
(NYIFF) wrapped up at
the Skirball Center here
May 10 with the screen-
ing of Aparna Sen’s “Goynar
Baksho,” followed by an awards
gala. Shirshendu
Mukhopadhyay's famous tale of
three generations of women and
their changing position in society,
seen in relation to a box of jewels,
handed down from one genera-
tion to the next, “Goynar Baksho”
stars Konkona Sen Sharma,
Moushumi Chatterjee, Saswata
Chatterjee and Paran Banerjee.
“Liar’s Dice” by Geethu
Mohandas won the Best Film,
while Nagraj Manjule won the
award for Best Director for
“Fandry.” Naseeruddin Shah won
the Best Actor award for “The
Coffin Maker,” and the award for
Best Actress went to Geetanjali
Thapa for “Liar’s Dice”; Nishtha
Jain’s “Gulabi Gang” won the Best
Documentary and the award for
Best Short went to “Blouse” by
Vijayeta Kumar.
“Liars Dice” follows Kamala, a
young woman from Chitkul vil-
lage and her girl child Manya, who
embarks on a journey leaving
their native land in search for her
missing husband.
More than 34 films – 23 narra-
tives and 11 documentaries – were
screened at the festival, held May
5 to 10 at various locations in the
city.
The annual film festival, now in
its 14th year, was founded by the
Indo-American Arts Council, a
NewYork-based nonprofit.
Films screened covered a wide
range of South Asian projects
including “Fandry,” a Marathi film
about a love-struck Dalit boy;
Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi’s
“Zinda Bhaag,” notable for being
Pakistan's very first submission
for the foreign language Oscar
race, which follows three young
men desperate to get on the fast
track to success in an eye-opening
glimpse of modern Pakistan; and
“An American in Madras,” a docu-
mentary that chronicles director
Ellis R. Dungan’s contributions to
the Tamil film industry.
Six of the films selected to be
part of this year’s NYIFF line-up
received India’s National Film
Award, in April – a few weeks after
they were confirmed for the festi-
val.
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T
– that’s all you need to know
Peter Ferreira
Peter Ferreira
With 34 films screened over six days, the 14th annual New
York Indian Film Festival introduced film connoisseurs to a
range of regional and independent films, showcasing the
other side of the Indian film industry
Left, Festival Director Aseem Chhabra, left, in conversation with director Aparna Sen, after the screening of her film “Goynar Baksho” at the closing night gala of the New York Indian Film Festival at the Skriball Center May 10.
Center, Nagraj Manjule receives the best director award for his Marathi film “Fandry” from veteran actor Mohan Agashe.
Filmy Feast
“Ugly”
“The Coffin Maker”
“Goynar Baksho”
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