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Shonali Bose’s ‘Margarita with a Straw’ is opening night film of NYIFF

Aparna Sen’s ‘Saari Raat’ will be the centerpiece.

AB Wire

Margarita-with-a-StrawNEW YORK: Shonali Bose’s ‘Margarita with a Straw’ will be the opening night film at the 15th edition of the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), to be held from May 4-9, in Manhattan.

The film, starring Kalki Koechlin, Revathi and Sayani Gupta is the poignant portrayal of a rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy who leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.

The centerpiece film of the festival is Aparna Sen’s ‘Saari Raat’, a play in three acts by the legendary Bengali playwright and theatre personality Badal Sircar. It is also Sen’s tribute to Badal, who passed away in 2011. The film stars Anjan Dutt, Rittwik Chakraborty, and Konkona Sen Sharma in lead roles.

The closing night film of the festival will be announced next month, according to a press release.

The festival will also see screening of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespeare trilogy of Maqbool, Omkara and Haider (the latter is the winner of five national awards for Best Dialogues, Best Music Direction Songs, Best Male Playback Singer, Best Costume Designer and Best Choreography), followed by a discussion between Bhardwaj and a Shakespearean expert.

Also at the festival will be ‘Daughters of Mother India’ (winner of National Award for Best Film on Social Issues – Non-Narrative), a documentary film focused on the aftermath of the Nirbhaya rape incident.

There will also be ‘Benegal’s New Cinema’, a documentary on Shyam Benegal’s films, followed by a discussion with Benegal about the new cinema movement, in India.

“Every year, we strive to make our programming unique and relevant, based on the incidents that are occurring around the world, in South Asia and in our own backyard, New York City,” said festival programmer Aseem Chhabra. “These selected films, which have won a combined total of nine National Awards, serve as a mirror, and we hope that our audiences can see their lives reflected in these stories.”

The NYIFF 2015 Features and Docs (in alphabetical order) are:

A Moment of Mishearing

Being Bhaijaan

Bench Talkies

Benegal’s New Cinema

Bey Yaar

Chauranga

Chotoder Chobi (National Award Winner for Best Film on Social Issues – Narrative)

City of Dark

City Lights

Coffee Bloom

Daughters of Mother India (National Award Winner for Best Film on Social Issues – Non-Narrative)

Elizabeth Ekadashi (National Award Winner for Best Children’s Film)

Gour Hari Dastaan

Haider (Winner of FIVE National Awards)

Haramkhor

I am Steve Lopez

Kakka Muttai (National Award Winner for Best Children’s Film & Best Child Artist)

M Cream

Maqbool

Margarita with a Straw

Meet the Patels

Miss India America

Omkara

Placebo

Rough Book

Saari Raat

Yeh Hai Bakrapur.

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