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NY festival: Sthaniya Sambaad wins Best Feature
The Annual New York Indian Film Festival is North America's oldest destination for feature films.
New Delhi: Bengali film 'Sthaniya Sambaad' won Best Feature at the 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival that closed on May 8 in Manhattan.
Directed by Arjun Gourisaria and Moinak Biswas, the film traces the story of a settlement of refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in Kolkata and sweeps through the lives of its four main protagonist.
The Annual New York Indian Film Festival is North America's oldest and most prestigious destination for feature films, documentaries, and shorts from and about the Indian subcontinent.
NYIFF is a once-a-year opportunity to experience the rich and diverse film cultures of the Indian subcontinent through a mix of film screenings, discussions, industry panels, nightly parties, an awards ceremony, and gala red carpet events.
Organized by the Indo-American Arts Council, NYIFF was held on May 4 and 8 in Manhattan and opened with Walt Disney India's first Hindi live action feature, Do Dooni Chaar.
Aparna Sen received the Best Director award for her Bengali film 'Iti Mrinalini' featuring her daughter Konkona Sen Sharma. Konkona won best actress for playing the same title role at different ages in the film.
Actor Rishi Kapoor picked up Best Actor for Do Dooni Chaar where he plays an underpaid but upright school teacher caught in na moral dilemma.
Best screenplay went to Mohan Raghavan for TD Dasan Std VI B, which revolves around a young boy trying to bond with his father. Bhopali by Max Carlson won Best Documentary while best short film went to Just That Sort Of A Day by Abhay Kumar.