3rd Annual Indian Film Festival Houston Opens with Celebratory Bash at T&C
By Kalyani Giri
HOUSTON: A balmy breeze, a perfect location with convivial atmosphere, diverse music and Bollywood dances, delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine, and a vibrantly eclectic gathering, it was a fun, happening, opening night for the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival Houston (IFFH). Held at the heart of the chic Town and Country City Center on September 20, 2011, the open-air event drew about 100 gatherees who met and mingled, and later walked over to view the opening night film, I Am Kalam, at the Studio Movie Grill a block away. The film, directed by Nila Madhab Panda, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 and has amassed a global cult following with its themes of poverty, societal inequality, and the celebration of triumph beyond adversity. The festival runs from September 20th – 24th with screenings of jury-selected movies, film shorts, and documentaries, followed by question/answer opportunities with the film directors. The festival culminates with a constellation-worthy celebrity cocktail reception and awards night at the Hotel Sorella on Saturday, September 24.
Actors Shabana Azmi and Gulshan Grover are expected to attend, confided IFFH’s intrepid Director Sutapa Ghosh. Ghosh, an independent filmmaker with a passion for showcasing regional Indian movies is dedicated to bringing the best that India has to offer, particularly those off of the commercial and clichéd Bollywood radar to this city’s diverse audiences. This year’s line up of feature films include A Decent Arrangement starring Shabana Azmi and directed by Sarovar Banka, Delhi in a Day, directed by Prashant Nair, and the comedy drama Desperate Endeavors by Salim Khassa. Fatakra, a short film by Houston-based Sonam Mehta, Khara Karodpati, by Piyush Thakur, and The Eclipse of Taregna by Rakesh Chaudhary are also hitting the big screen this week. It’s Cricket, No? by Sudhir Aggarwal and In Search of God by Rupam Sarmah, are the documentaries that will show at IFFH.
For a full schedule of the IFFH screenings and other events, visit www.iffhinc.org.