IIF was recently invited to partake in a small round-table discussion with "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" Director Mira Nair and cast members Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland. IIF as well as a few other writers and outlets discussed everything from South Asian culture to perception in this day and age. Here are a few highlights from the conversation with Kiefer Sutherland, Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson. IIF's questions are highlighted in green while the regular bold questions are from the other members of the press. Kiefer Sutherland discusses "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" What’s it like working with Mira as a [...]
"Listen Amaya" by Avinash Kumar Singh was a very difficult film to review. Not because I didn't like it. Quite the contrary actually. I loved it. I found it pleasant, realistic, heartfelt and humorous with the appropriate amount of melodrama. But I also found it very personal. http://youtu.be/RY4xXvvHcdE The story is centered around a twenty something girl named Amaya (Swara Bhaskar) coming to grips with her widowed mother's new relationship. Her mother Leela (Deepti Naval) runs an off-beat cafe called Book A Coffee who falls in love with a regular at the shop, Jayant (Farooq Shaikh). Jayant (affectionately called Jazz by all the [...]
After the destruction of Hurricane Sandy postponed part of the South Asian International Film Festival a few weeks ago, the closing night is finally upon us. Tickets can be purchased at www.saiff.org for tonight's event which includes an awards ceremony and the New York Premiere of "Valley of Saints", the feature length debut of director Musa Syeed. The movie already won the the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. For more information please click on the banner below. Half of all ticket proceeds will go to benefit The American Red Cross.
"Patang" is perhaps one of the most genuine films I have ever seen. The movie won awards for Best Director and Best Picture at the SAIFF Rising Stars Awards Ceremony a few weeks ago. It's a rare, unfiltered look at a world that is new and familiar at the same time. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_rOqsX-aY8 The story is simple. Jayesh (played brilliantly by Mukund Shukla), a successful businessman in Delhi, returns to visit his estranged family after five years in Ahmedabad for Uttarayan, the annual kite festival. Old wounds and family troubles arise as Bhargava effortlessly weaves the story of six different characters during this celebration. I'd [...]
Anand Gandhi's "Ship of Theseus" is one of the 10 Indian films showcased in this years City to City Program at the Toronto International Film Festival. Nyay Bhushan discusses the film and Gandhi's aspirations in a terrific interview for The Hollywood Reporter. The interview reveals an out of the box mind in Gandhi, especially when he starts talking about the human body. A way of thinking he wants to pose his audience with his new film: The film came about when I was nursing my grandmother and I was surrounded by death and disease. The film began as a question [...]
If ever there was evidence of Indian independent films making waves on a global scale, it’s at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). There are 10 films from India showing at the Canadian festival and all of them are getting some great recognition. In fact, Mumbai has been selected as the showcase in this year’s City to City Program. The Huffington Post highlights the importance of the program and the films being presented: This is the fourth edition of the Festival's City to City program, which has featured a different international filmmaking locale every year. The past three years [...]