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Festival to Screen Ten New Films and Celebrate 100 Years of Indian Cinema

Atul Badwal (left), Jose Grinan, Sutapa Ghosh, Carolyn Farb and Moid Khan

By Jawahar Malhotra

HOUSTON: With a roped off red carpet entrance and doorman, the Indian Film Festival of Houston kicked off their fourth season at the Marque Houston across from the Sorella Hotel in CityCentre on the Westside. Inside the black and red décor, video screens on all walls and pumping music created the mood to reveal the plans for this year’s festival. Most of the IFFH’s Board of Directors were on hand for the occasion as well as the media and many supporters and professionals in Houston’s movie production business.

The person who first imagined such a festival four years ago, Festival Director Sutapa Ghosh and her husband were delighted by the turnout of about 60 people who are die-hard supporters of her efforts as well as enthusiastic film lovers and Indophiles, such as socialite Carolyn Farb,  businessman Robert Sakowitz, Houston Film Commission Executive Director Rick Fergusson and Indian Entertainment Promoter Moid Khan.

Atul Badwal (left), Sutapa Ghosh, Renu Khator and Suresh Khator

Ghosh said that this year’s festival had over 80 entries, almost double those of the past year, which had to be whittled down to ten films that will be screened from October 3 through 7 at the Studio Movie Grill in CityCentre. “This year we will also celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema,” Ghosh added and showed a short two-minute clip from an anthology of Indian film  beginning with the Lumiere Brothers who devised the first motion-picture camera.

The movies lineup for this year’s festival are: Gattu directed by Rajan Khosa; Shanghai directed by Dibakar Banerjee; Sarsa directed by Jatinder Mauhar, An Unknown Guest directed by Durba Sahay; Saving Face directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Decoding Deepak directed by Gotham Chopra; Pad Yatra A Green Odyssey – directed by Wendy J.N. Lee; White Knight directed by Aarti Shrivastava; Mumbai directed by Shadaab Mirza and Jameela directed by Arun Kishore.

All movie screenings at Studio Movie Grill, CityCentre, 822 Town & Country Blvd. Houston TX 77024.


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