New York Indian Film Festival 2012

May 5 - 10, 2014

Anurag Kashyap's 'Ugly' To Open New York Indian Film Feastival
April 1, 2014


The 14th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) will showcase Anurag Kashyap’s film Ugly during its opening night gala.

The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced today the Opening Night Gala film as Anurag Kashyap's Ugly, a sensational tale of corruption, indifference and systemic violence that begins when a 10-year-old daughter of an aspiring actor disappears.

The festival is widely recognized as the oldest, most prestigious NYIFF-logo-2014Indian film festival in the United States, showcasing some of the greatest talents working in the diaspora. Celebrating its 14th year, NYIFF will run May 5 to 10 at a variety of prestigious New York City venues, including the Skirball Center for Performing Arts, where the opening and closing films are set to take place.

Director Anurag Kashyap returns to NYIFF after closing the 2012 festival with his highly received film, Gangs of Wasseypur, a two-part five-hour long drama that Hollywood Reporter declares "puts Tarantino in a corner with its cool command of cinematically-inspired and referenced violence, ironic characters and breathless pace."

Both Gangs of Wasseypur, as well as his current film, Ugly, were prominently screened in the sidebar section at Cannes Directors' Fortnight section. Previously, Kashyap received notoriety for his controversial and award-winning film about the 1993 Mumbai bombings, Black Friday. 

"We are thrilled to be opening this year's New York Indian Film Festival with Anurag Kashyap new film UGLY," said festival director Aseem Chhabra. "Anurag has been in the forefront of India's growing indie film movement, always pushing the boundaries and inspiring the new generation of filmmakers. Personally I am a big fan of his films."

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Kashyap will participate in a post-screening conversation which will follow the opening night film with IAAC supporters, fans and other filmmakers.


NYIFF also announced this years centerpiece: Geethu Mohandas Liar's Dice and Aparna Sen's Goynar Baksho as the closing out to the festival. Sen began her career as an actress in Satyajit Ray’s 1961 masterpiece Three Daughters (released as Two Daughters in the US.)

In her latest work, Sen provides a refreshing and vibrant take on acclaimed Bengali novelist Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's famous tale of three generations of women and their changing position in society, as seen in relation to an inherited box of jewels. The film features the talents of her daughter, Konkona Sen Sharma, who rose to fame in another Aparna Sen film, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer.

Renowned actress and first time director Geethu Mohandas with showcase her film Liar's Dice as this year's Centerpiece. Liar's Dice was in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at Sundance this January, and has been hailed by Variety as "an assured feature debut" and "quietly effective." The film follows Kamala, a young woman from Chitkul village and her girl child Manya, who embark on a journey leaving their native land in search for her missing husband. It stars India's leading indie film actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was recently seen as the eager office worker in Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox.

The full line-up of screenings and events will be announced on April 8th, 2014.

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Celebrating its 14th year, NYIFF will run May 5 to May 10.
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