Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Abhay Deol, Brendan Fraser To Headline Inaugural NYC SAFF, Presented By Toyota

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The first-ever New York City South Asian Film Festival (NYC SAFF), presented by Toyota, will kick off on Friday, November 15th at the Altman Building (135 W 18th Street in Chelsea) with the world premiere of Rohit Karn Batra’s mafia family drama, “Line of Descent,” starring Abhay Deol and Brendan Fraser (both in attendance). 

The festival’s centerpiece film on Saturday, November 16th is the New York premiere of Gitanjali Rao’s animated Bollywood film “Bombay Rose.” 

The festival will close out it’s programming with the North American premiere of Tannishtha Chatterjee’s directorial debut, “Roam Rome Mein,” starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui (both in attendance).

NYCSAFF

Twenty four shorts, documentaries, and feature films comprise the inaugural NYC SAFF, along with after-parties, networking sessions and panel discussions, all taking place over 48 hours! Film synopses, trailers, entire lineup, and ticket information are available on the festival’s website, www.nycsaff.com.

Opening Night Schedule (Friday, November 15th):

  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Media check-in for red carpet assignments
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Red Carpet + Cocktail Reception
  • 7:45 p.m. – Welcome Remarks by Manny Bansi, Vice President, Toyota Logistics Services, Toyota Motor North America
  • 8 p.m. – World Premiere of “Line of Descent” + Q&A
  • 10 p.m. – VIP After Party with DJ Ashu Rai + Catering by Chef Gaurav Anand

Talent Walking Red Carpet & Attending Festival:

LINE OF DESCENT Abhay Deol

“LINE OF DESCENT”: Feature

  • Rohit Karn Batra (director)
  • Abhay Deol (actor)
  • Brendan Fraser (actor)

“PROOF”: Short

  • Sonny Chatrath (executive producer)
  • Nora Jaenicke (director)
  • Robert Wilson (actor)
  • Preeti Gupta (actress)
  • Jacopo Rampini (actor)

“FRACTURED SOULS”: Short

  • Eliezer Vergara (director)
  • Asim Farooki (actor)

“THE UNEXPECTED”: Short

  • Rishi Kumar (director)

“FREAK”: Short

  • Siraj Huda (producer, director, actor, writer)

“AGENCY”: Short

  • Omar Rahim (director)
  • Ami Sheth (actor)
  • Saks Afridi (actor)
  • Sadiq Samani (actor)

“SUPER SONIC”: Short

  • Saleem Gondal (writer/director)

“LOVESICK”: Documentary

  • Priya Giri Desai (co-director)

“KHEJDI”: Feature

  • Ashish Sharma (actor)
  • Archana Taide Sharma (producer)

“DARLING”: Short

  • Mahak Jiwani (producer)

“THE LEAST OF THESE”: Feature

  • Victor Abraham (executive producer)

“MAI GHAT”: Feature

  • Usha Jadhav (actress)

ROME ROME MEIN

“ROAM ROME MEIN”: Feature

  • Tannishtha Chatterjee (actress/director)
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui (actor)

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