Do Dooni Chaar to open New York Indian film festival

New York: Disney`s critically acclaimed family comedy "Do Dooni Chaar", starring legendary actor couple Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, will be the opening movie of the New York Indian Film Festival which runs from May 4 to May 8 in Manhattan.

The Habib Faisal-directed film will see its North American premiere at the 11th annual edition of the festival organised by the Indo-American Arts Council.

The closing film is Rituparno Ghosh`s "Noukadubi", an adaptation of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore`s acclaimed novel, which stars sisters Riya and Raima Sen. Following the May 8 screening will be a special tribute to Tagore who was born 150 years ago on that day.

Aparna Sen`s "Iti Mrinalini" will premiere as the centrepiece selection. The Bengali film features Sen and her award-winning actress daughter Konkona Sen Sharma, both playing the same title role at different ages.

New York City`s prestigious Paris Theatre will be the home to the star-studded red carpet opening night premiere of "Do Dooni Chaar" and will be attended by special guests Kapoor, Singh and Faisal.

"NYIFF energizes New York City`s diversity by presenting amazing independent and diaspora films from the Indian subcontinent while keeping a close watch on Bollywood`s foray into alternate cinema," says IAAC executive director Aroon Shivdasani.

"The three film highlights of our 11th annual film festival represent a Hollywood studio`s Indian social cinema, independent cinema, as well as a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore.

"Major American studios partnering with India have flirted with NYIFF in the past – Fox Searchlight, Sony, Miramax, and now Disney`s contribution to our 2011 opening night – `Do Dooni Chaar`. Clearly NYIFF is the best platform for these films to reach their ideal demographic market," Shivdasani says.

"`Do Dooni Chaar` is a charming and sweet Indie film that reflects the realities of a middle-class family in modern day Delhi," says NYIFF director Aseem Chhabra.

"Written and directed by first time filmmaker Habib Faisal, the film is a perfect blend of authentic dialogues, characters and situations, with a touch of Bollywood charm. It is a great example of India`s new emerging cinema that has an Indie soul, but working within the framework of Bollywood."

The IAAC festival was started in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to create a better understanding of the people and stories from the Indian subcontinent by bringing the most acclaimed feature films, shorts, and documentaries from that region and its diaspora to America`s biggest city.

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