Do Dooni Chaar to open New York Indian film festival
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.