Quick and Dirty Guide to the New York Indian Film Festival

Summer is around the corner, and what better way to kick it off than the NYIFF (New York Indian Film Festival)? The 12th annual festival is five days of non-stop South Asian cinema. We, at Divanee, have put together a quick and dirty guide for you.

Opening Night: 5/23/12 Kick off the festival and celebrate opening night with a screening of “Chittagong”. After the screening, get all dressed up for a night featuring Nirupama Rao, Indian ambassador to the U.S., and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

Movies for a Younger Audience: This year there are three movies targeted towards a younger demographic.

1) “Big in Bollywood”, Omi Vaidya’s Official 3 Idiot’s documentary
2) Yash Raj Films’ very own Facebook-oriented romantic comedy “Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge”
3) Sanjivan Lal’s Bubble Gum” starring none other than Delzad Sanjay Hiwale.

Pakistani Films: Yes, we know it’s the New York Indian Film Festival, but we were excited to see that two Pakistani films, both by Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, made the list this year.

1) Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret

2) Saving Face, Chinoy’s Oscar-winning documentary about a doctor who reconstructs the faces of acid burn victims.

Oldies: Who doesn’t love an old classic, that too when dealing with a lineup by Shyam Bengal?

Tamil Films: Remember YouTube sensation ‘Why This Kolaveri Di?” It’s actually from a movie title playing at NYIFF.

Closing Night: The festival ends with a red carpet screening of Anurag Kashyap’s “Gangs of Wasseypur”, followed by the award ceremony.

The entire schedule looks pretty great. If you’re going, tweet us your thoughts @divanee and @NYIndianFF, and we’ll be sure to RT you!

Miral Sattar is the founder and publisher of Divanee.com.

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