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Odia Cinema DAMaN & Pratikshya inducted in New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF 2024)

Featuring 49 Narrative, Docs, and Short Films

Special Event Celebrating 50 Years of Shabana Azmi in Cinema

New York;27/4/24: The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), North America’s oldest and most prestigious festival featuring cinema from the global Indian community has announced the full line-up for the 24th edition which runs May 31-June 2, 2024 in New York City. This year’s festival lineup features films that showcase the depth and range of contemporary Indian cinema, including cutting-edge dramas, documentaries, and shorts, some that premiered at Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. All films will be screened at Village East by Angelika, 181 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003. This year two Odia films Daman & Pratikshya were inducted into this Festival

An inspiring tale of a fearless young doctor whose initiative helped bring down cases of Malaria in the remote areas of Odisha, Daman is a timely prescription for those who want to watch cinema with a cause.

Written and directed by Vishal Mourya and Debi Prasada Lenka, Daman stars Babubhushan Mohanty as a young, wide-eyed doctor posted at Janbai Public Health Center which falls in a tribal area in Malkangiri district. As per the State rules, medical graduates are expected to serve in rural and tribal areas for five years. Unable to counter the challenges and hardships that are in store in the harsh terrain, the upwardly mobile doctor decides to quit even before putting up a fight. However, a chance encounter with a young patient changes his mind and Siddharth’s enlightenment leads to a campaign that covers 151 mosquito and Naxal-infested villages that are cut off from the mainland because the bridge that is supposed to come up decades back is stuck in the red tape. Based on a real government programme, the film shows how the commitment of different government departments can help resolve a simple but enduring problem.

‘Pratikshya’ is an excellent film. Based on a short story written by noted writer Gourahari Das, the plot of ‘Pratikshya’ revolves around sorrow, happiness as well as failure, and success of an Odia middle-class family. Roshan Bisoi is the scriptwriter. Directed by Anupam Patnaik Dipanwit-Barsha has appeared as the lead pair while the other major roles have been played by Choudhuri Jayprakash Das, Siddhant Mohapatra, and others.‘Pratikshya’ was awarded the Best Odia Film award at the 69th National Film Award as well as it also showcase in 53rd Indian panorama.

The year 2024 marks 50 years of Shabana Azmi in Indian and International cinema. To celebrate the landmark anniversary the multiple award-winning actresses will attend this year’s NYIFF. The special event will include the screening of Ms. Azmi’s 1996 film “Fire,” directed by Deepa Mehta. This will be followed by a conversation between Ms. Azmi and filmmaker Mira Nair.

Ms. Azmi will delve into her remarkable journey, from her groundbreaking debut in Shyam Benegal’s “Ankur,” to her trailblazing roles that have earned her five National Film Awards and international accolades. Beyond her cinematic achievements, Ms. Azmi’s dedication to social activism, particularly for the rights of women and the underprivileged, is truly inspiring.

“I have been associated with the New York Indian Film Festival since its inception and I am heartened by the progress it has made over the years in leaps and bounds. I am happy that my 50th year is being celebrated at the NYIFF and I look forward to it,” Ms. Azmi said.

“NYIFF is a must-watch event for anyone interested in Indian cinema and its growing impact on global cinema. It offers a unique opportunity to explore and appreciate the diverse cinematic voices emerging from India today,” said Dr. Nirmal Mattoo, Chairman of the Indo-American Arts Council, the organization that presents the film festival.

Several other well-known Indian film personalities will be featured in a wide array of works. The Opening Film “Dear Jassi” is directed by celebrated Indian American filmmaker Tarsem Singh, who has made films with Jennifer Lopez and Julia Roberts. Plus he has directed videos for music legends like the bands R.E.M. and Lady Gaga. Closing Film “Mrs.” stars Bollywood actress Sanya Malhotra.

Amitabh Bachchan, Vivek Gomber (“Court” and “Sir”), classical dancer and actress Leela Samson (“O Kadhal Kanmani”), and Adil Hussain (“Life of Pi”) star in filmmaker Pooja Kaul’s debut film “The Umesh Chronicles.”Rajshri Deshpande (Netflix show “Trial by Fire” and “Angry Indian Goddesses”) plays the lead in “Privacy.”

Roshan Mathew (“Moothon,” “Darlings” and the recent Amazon Prime show “Poacher”) and Darshana Rajendran (“Koode” and “C U Soon”) star in the Sri Lankan drama “Paradise” directed by Prasanna Vithanage and presented by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies.Tannishtha Chatterjee (“Brick Lane” and “Angry Indian Goddesses”) plays the lead in American filmmaker Wendy Bednarz’s debut film “Yellow Bus.”Last year’s best director winner Avinash Arun (“Three of Us”) returns with a stunning short film “Monsoon Walk.”

Two times NYIFF best film winner Umesh Kulkarni (“Highway Ek Selfie Arpar,” 2016) and “Vihir,” 2010) brings a short film this year “U=Me.” The film stars Arjun Radhakrishnan (“Pada,” and the series “Rocket Boys”), Shweta Basu Prasad (“Makdee” and last year’s hit show “Jubilee”) and veteran actor Mohan Agashe (“Astu” and “Kaasav”).

Naseeruddin Shah stars in the short film “Khidki.”Geetanjali Kulkarni (“Court” and the series “Gullak”) plays the lead in the short film “Rhino Charge.”Actresses Palomi Ghosh (“Nachom-ia Kumpasar”) and Anjali Patil (“Newton”) star in the short “Identity.”

We aim to truly underscore the NYIFF commitment to diversity and cultural representation in film,” said Aseem Chhabra, NYIFF Festival Director. “This year, we will feature films in 12 languages spoken in India: Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Oria, Punjabi, Tamil. Two films also feature Sinhalese and Arabic languages. All films will have English subtitles.”

“I am thrilled to present the lineup for this year’s New York Indian Film Festival. Our selection of films not only epitomizes the artistic brilliance we champion but also mirrors the vibrant narratives we strive to share with our community. This year, the amalgamation of cultural richness, outstanding narratives, and stellar performances is poised to make this edition of the festival unparalleled in its appeal,” said Poonam Khubani IAAC Board Member.

Ticket prices are $15 for regular film programs and $50 for opening and closing films. Tickets for the special event with Shabana Azmi are $30. Tickets are on sale at nyiff.us.

NYIFF 2024

Features (Narrative)

Agra (Hindi), dir. Kanu Behl, 135 mins, 2023,

DAMaN (Odia), dirs. Vishal Mourya and Debiprasad Lenka, 120 min, 2022

Dear Jassi (Punjabi, English), dir. Tarsem Singh, 130 mins, 2023

Dear Latika (Hindi), dir. Kanchan Pant, 104 mins, 2023

Fire (Hindi, English), dir. Deepa Mehta, 104 mins, 1996

Mithya (Kannada, Marathi), dir. Sumanth Bhatt, 97 mins, 2023

Mrs. (Hindi), dir. Arati Kadav, 111 mins, 2024

Padatik (Bengali), dir. Srijit Mukherji, 115 mins, 2023

Paradise (English, Tamil, Sinhalese), dir. Prasanna Vithanage, 93 mins, 2023

Pratikshya (Odia), dir. Anupam Patnaik, 133 mins, 2022

Privacy (Hindi), dir. Sudeep Kanwal, 84 mins, 2023

Sahela (Hindi, Gujarati, English), dir. Raghuvir Joshi, 90 mins, 2023

Sthal (Marathi), dir. Jayant Digambar Somalkar, 104 mins, 2023

Sumo Didi (Hindi), dir. Jayant Rohatgi, 118 mins, 2023

The Scavenger of Dreams (Hindi), dir. Suman Ghosh, 83 mins, 2023

The Umesh Chronicles (English, Kashmiri, Hindi), dir. Pooja Kaul, 124 mins

Three Sons of Narayani (Malayalam), dir. Sharan Venugopal, 108 mins, 2023

Yellow Bus (English, Hindi, Arabic), dir. Wendy Bednarz, 109 mins, 2023

Features (Documentaries)

Merchant Ivory (English), dir. Stephen Soucy, 112 mins, 2023

Parama: A Journey with Aparna Sen (English, Bengali), dir. Suman Ghosh, 96 mins, 2023

The House of Baruas (Assamese, English), dir. Utpal Borpujari, 71 mins, 2023

The World is Family (English), dir. Anand Patwardhan, 96 mins, 2023

Zende (English, Hindi, Marathi), dir. Akshay Shah, 65 mins, 2023

Shorts (Narrative)

A Lullaby for yellow roses (Hindi), dir. Rahul Roye, 18 mins, 2023

Anu (Hindi, English, Maori), dir. Pulkit Arora, 13 mins, 2023

Chor (Hindi), dir. Ayush Anita Sharma, 13 mins, 2023

Chunaav (Hindi), dir. Avinash Shriram Shembatwad, 11 mins, 2023

Crown (Hindi), dir. Krishav Payyade, 7 Mins, 2023

Dosh (English, Hindi), dir. Radha Mehta, 16 mins, 2023

Full and Final (Hindi), dir. Sohit Khanna, 16 mins, 2023

Identity (Hindi), dir. Suraj Gunjal, 23 mins, 2023

Impasse (Hindi, Tamil), dir. Tuhin Basu, 24 mins, 2021

Khidki (Hindi), dir. Anhad Mishra, 26 mins, 2023

Loo (English, Kannada), dir. Chanakya Vyas, 14 mins, 2023

Monsoon Walk (Marathi), dir. Avinash Arun, 27 mins, 2023

Postcard From Tahiti (English), dir. Nitin Madan, 15 mins, 2023

Rhino Charge (Bengali), dir. Abhiroop Basu, 25 mins, 2024

Samay Ki Baazi (English), dir. Anil & Vel, 6 mins, 2023

Solution (Hindi), dir. Lakshit Koushal, 14 mins, 2023

Starch (Tamil, English), dir. Ajai Vishwanath, 16 mins, 2023

Stitched (English, Hindi, Tamil), dir. Lorena Lourenco, 16 mins, 2023

U=Me (Hindi), dir. Umesh Kulkarni, 27 mins, 2024

What Just Happened (Hindi), dir. Arunash Bhatt, 20 mins, 2023

XO (Bengali, English, Hindi), dir. Samrat DasGupta, 25 mins, 2023

Shorts (Documentaries)

Gotho – A Shelter (Marathi), dir. Sainath Uskaikar, 12 mins, 2023

In the Wake of the Current (English), dir. Étienne, 64 mins, 2024

Occupied (English, Arabic), dir. Pranav Pingle, 23 mins, 2018

Tam-Bram Cooking (Tamil English), dirs. Sraiyanti Haricharan, Prem Akkatoos, 10 mins, 2023

The Color Yellow (Bengali, English), dir. Modhurima Sinha, 27 mins, 2023

About Shabana Azmi: Over five decades, Shabana Azmi has showcased exceptional talent and versatility across the silver screen, starring in over 140 Hindi films and 12 International Productions such as Deepa Mehta’s “The Midnight Children” and “Fire,” Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” Gurinder Chadha’s “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife” and Ismail Merchant’s “In Custody.” From her gripping portrayal in “Ankur” to her recent roles in “Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani” and “Ghoomer,” her collaborations transcend borders, with projects including Shekhar’s Kapur’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” and Steven Spielberg’s prestigious mini-series “Halo.” Azmi’s repertoire is a testament to her unparalleled skill and diverse roles. As Shabana Azmi continues to illuminate screens and stages alike with her presence, her legacy as a trailblazer in Indian cinema remains unparalleled.

Shabana Azmi believes art should be used as an instrument for social change and is also a committed social activist. She is both a Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Awardee. She heads the NGO Mijwan Welfare Society (MWS) founded by her father that works for the upliftment of rural India with a focus on girls child and women. She was awarded the Gandhi International Peace Prize at the House of Lords by Vanessa Redgrave and honored at the Bicentennial celebrations of International Human Rights in Paris, alongside Mother Theresa, by President Mitterrand of France. Additionally, Ms. Azmi received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum, with Mohammed Ali and Michael Douglas.



About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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