Presented by Toyota Motor North America for the second time, the 3rd annual New York City South Asian Film Festival (NYC SAFF), produced by Texas, New York, and India-based media conglomerate, JINGO Ventures, showcased a lineup of 23 finely-curated shorts, documentaries and feature films in Manhattan last weekend. The opening, centerpiece, and closing nights films at NYC SAFF are Geeta Malik’s comedy “India Sweets And Spices,” Gaurav Madan’s drama “Barah By Barah,” and Ajitesh Sharma’s documentary “Womb (Women Of My Billion).” The festivals boast of four world premieres, eight North American premieres, and eleven Texas/NYC premieres. Highlights over the three days include: The world premiere of Rajaram Rajendran’s sci-fi thriller “Rani Rani Rani” starring independent cinema queen Tannishtha Chatterjee in the titular, triple role. One of Mindy Kaling’s favorite films of the year is Sujata Day’s Indo-American, model minority satire “Definition Please” is having its Dallas and NYC premieres at the festivals. Faraz Arif Ansari’s lesbian short “Sheer Qorma” starring Shabana Azmi, Divya Dutta, and Swara Bhaskar, was also a part of the festival’s LBGTQIA+ programming. NYC SAFF took place on October 22nd to 24th, at the Helen Mills Event Space and Theater in Chelsea. For more information about this festival and the complete lineup, please visit www.nycsaff.com.
Not competent enough to sit idle and stare as the world goes by, Pallavi is optimistic to a fault and believes in building her world on her own rather than depending on others to make things right.