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30 films to be featured in Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

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The Indian Film Festival (IIFLA) will take place April 6-10 and return to its home at ArcLight Hollywood. Over 30 filmmakers will travel to Los Angeles to present their films, interact with audiences and participate in industry meetings. The festival’s presenting sponsor is Zee Cinema.

IFFLA is widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema globally. This year’s program features award-winning prestige titles from the festival circuit and more women filmmakers than ever before.

Opening the festival is the ensemble powerhouse “Angry Indian Goddesses,” directed by Pan Nalin. Anu Menon’s poignant “Waiting,” starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, closes the festival on April 10.

Highlights include Hansal Mehta’s critically acclaimed and socially relevant “Aligarh,” Deepa Mehta’s gangster drama “Beeba Boys,” Sundance Film Festival’s sex comedy “Brahman Naman,” the world premiere of radical and hilarious “CRD” by Kranti Kanade; Rinku Kalsy’s documentary “For the Love of the Man,” on South Indian superstar Rajinikanth’s fans; Ruchika Oberoi’s genre-bending “Island City,” Neeraj Ghaywan’s directorial debut “Masaan,” which took home two awards at the 60th Cannes International Film Festival; Leena Yadav’s “Parched,” a story of four women in patriarchal culture; Prashant Nair’s Sundance winner “Umrika,” and “Visaraanai,” the Tamil gripping tale of the tentacles of systemic corruption in rural India.

Credits: india.com

 

  • Annesha Das Gupta

    It is really great to see that films like Aligarh and Angry Indian Goddesses will be featured. A fresh breath of cine magic in the insidiously congested world of make-believe and glitz.

  • Shriya Katoch

    This a matter of enormous pride for India .

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  • Annesha Das Gupta

    It is really great to see that films like Aligarh and Angry Indian Goddesses will be featured. A fresh breath of cine magic in the insidiously congested world of make-believe and glitz.

  • Shriya Katoch

    This a matter of enormous pride for India .

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“Success Of Any Film Depends on its Impact and Longevity”, Says Deepika Padukone

Deepika also talked about working with prosthetics and make-up artists to get the look of an acid attack victim right for her upcoming film

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Deepika added: "Very often, you come across great stories but you also need a right director to tell the story in an authentic, honest and responsible manner". Wikimedia Commons

Actress Deepika Padukone says the success of any film depends on its impact and longevity in the market.

“I feel that now, more than ever before for me, success of a movie is really about the impact it is able to have on people’s lives. Are we able to change mindsets? Are we able to make an impact? And don’t get me wrong, not every story needs to be hard-hitting. It could be a simple emotion, like joy or love. As long as it makes you feel something, think (about) something, and evoke emotions. I think, for me, that truly is the meter of success. Also, the film should have longevity. A film that I would want to watch 10 years from now, for me, is a success,” said Deepika, at the launch of her upcoming film “Chhapaak”.

The trailer launch was also attended by the film’s director Meghna Gulzar and Deepika’s co-star Vikrant Massey. In the film, Deepika portrays real-life acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.

Deepika also talked about working with prosthetics and make-up artists to get the look of an acid attack victim right.

“It is so Ironic, even I didn’t know what I would feel when I saw myself in the mirror for the first time (after make-up). I remember that moment very clearly, when we were doing the look test at Fox Studio office. It took me four to five hours for the look, and when I did look at myself in the mirror, I told Meghna that I still felt like myself. Nothing had changed. That is the day I found my character, and I knew what I need to do in this movie. I don’t think we are defined by our external appearances,” she said.

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Actress Deepika Padukone says the success of any film depends on its impact and longevity in the market. Wikimedia Commons

Talking about taking up such a challenging and gut-wrenching story, Deepika said she found the story inspiring and knew Meghna Gulzar would do justice to the film. “It is not often that you come across a story that inspires you so much, and it’s not about the incident as much as it’s about the triumph over it. I have been extremely fortunate to meet Laxmi Aggarwal. One of the most important things is the marriage between having that story and also having the right person to tell it. I could see the sincerity and the honesty, and I knew I was in good hands,” the actress explained.

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Deepika added: “Very often, you come across great stories but you also need a right director to tell the story in an authentic, honest and responsible manner — especially when you’re narrating a story like this one.”

“Chhapaak is produced” by Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar in collaboration with Fox Star Studios. It is scheduled on January 10. (IANS)