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NY Indian Film Fest 2016 Review: KHOYA, A Drama About Displacement, Loss, And The Dangerous Nature Of Truth

Being a film writer has its ups and downs. We are constantly inundated by wannabe filmmakers looking to make their mark on the world. Like any other aspirational pursuit, the vast majority of the output from these cold calls is...

NY Indian Film Fest 2016 Review: CRIME IS PUNISHMENT, The Tamil New Wave Rolls On

M. Manikandan is one of a small group of filmmakers from Tamil Nadu who are a hair's breath away from making a huge international splash. Two years ago his film Kaaka Muttai (The Crow's Egg) wowed Toronto IFF audiences with...

NY Indian Film Fest 2016: SAHEB BIBI GOLAAM, A Bengali Triptych Thriller

A hitman, a hooker, and a hustler all with hearts of gold: these are the three main characters in Pratim D. Gupta's latest thriller, Saheb Bibi Golaam (The Drifters). Except, these three aren't exactly virtuous, they have their pecadillos and...

NY Indian Film Fest 2016 Review: PARCHED Pleads For Peace And Equality In The Face Of Violence

It is dangerous to be a woman in India these days. While I sincerely hate to paint an entire country with such broad strokes, this is the story I'm told over and over again by the news of deadly gang...

NY Indian Film Fest 2016 Review: KOTHANODI, A Quartet Of Dark Fables From The Rivers Of Assam

Far from the hustle and bustle of India's big film industries in Mumbai, Chennai, and Hyderabad is the western state of Assam. This state borders China to the north, and stretches almost all the way to Myanmar in the west....

New York Indian Film Festival 2015: ScreenAnarchy Picks 8 Must-See Titles

The 15th annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) kicks off on Monday, May 4th and this year's lineup is a doozy. The festival features everything from brand new independent features to North American premieres of Bollywood critics' darlings, to a...

NYIFF 2014 Review: In SNIFFER A Man Finds Himself In The Dirty Laundry Of Others

Most people show a lot of who they are through their interactions with others. Sure, there's the person we think we are, or the person that we imagine ourselves to be on our best days, but it's really how we...

NYIFF 2014 Will Open With Anurag Kashyap's UGLY, Plus More Films Unveiled

The 14th annual New York Indian Film Festival has announced its first few titles and they are, as expected, pretty damned fantastic. The festival will open with Anurag Kashyap's Ugly, a film that debuted at Cannes 2013 and has devastated audiences...

NYIFF 2013 Review: FILMISTAAN Illustrates South Asia's Filmi Fanaticism Beautifully

I've made allusions to the absolute mania that follows Bollywood stars around the globe, but it's hard to truly express what that is like to someone who is completely unfamiliar with this singular phenomenon. In India and South Asia in...

NYIFF 2013 Review: AATMA Gives Even Its Villains A Little Bit Of Soul

Suparn Verma's latest film, Aatma, is one that's been on my radar for quite some time. I was more than a little bit disappointed when it didn't open stateside as expected, but I'm happy to see it get its moment...