Thursday, May 5, 2011

NYIFF: It’s Not Just Bollywood, You Know

The cast of "10ml love" includes Rajat Kapoor, Tisca Chopra, Purab Kohli, Tara Sharma, Koel Purie, Neel Bhoopalam, Manu Rishi. Photo courtesy of NYIFF.

LAST night, the 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) opened with laughs from “Do Dooni Chaar,” the Walt Disney Company India's first live animated action Hindi feature.

Before it ends on 8 May, NYIFF will have hosted 25 feature films, including 15 world and U.S. Premieres, as well as industry panels, afterparties and various other events.

More laughs are in store tonight, this time from Sharat Katariya "10ml Love," a modern adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." In this romp, one wedding, several couples and some magic produce prodigious amounts of absurdity.

On a more serious and possibly disturbing note is "Incerto." It one of several shorts from the Whistling Woods International Film School. In “Incerto,” Diego places cameras all over his town in hopes of capturing the perfect fatal car accident to upload to You Tube or some equivalent.

Day 2 of NYIFF ends with a bang with "Raakh Redux," a digitally remastered version of Aditya Bhattacharya's cult classic, "Raakh." The film is credited with giving rise to gangster noir film in India and making household names of several actors. "Raakh Redux," making its world premiere at NYIFF, also follows the trajectory of Aamir Hussein (Aamir Khan) from a helpless young man forced to witness an outrage to a hardened protege equipped to exact revenge.

Visit to learn more about the 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival.

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