NYIFF: The New York Indian Film Festival Full Lineup

By Rohi Pandya,  Box Office Guru

Bengali Actress Rittika Sen and Tollywood Hero DEV in Arshinagar
DEV and Rittika in Aparna Sen's "Aarshinagar" Bangla Movie

New York, April 12 - The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the full lineup last night for their 16th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent (May 7 – May 14). Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, the festival will feature 40 screenings (35 narrative, 5 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City. In addition, the festival will also feature five programs of short films.

The festival highlights various cinemas of India's different regions. All the films are subtitled in English and some of the languages this year include Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telegu, Assamese, Haryanavi and Urdu.  This year’s festival will feature a couple of sidebars --NFDC restored first films of filmmakers and a three-generations sidebar, films of Bimal Roy, Basu Bhattacharya and Aditya Bhattacharya.


The festival’s film lineup includes 2016 National Award winners A FAR AFTERNOON, BIRDS WITH LARGE WINGS and THE RIVER OF FABLES (KOTHANODI). THE RIVER OF FABLES is an Assamese language feature film written and directed by Bhaskar Hazarika and stars Seema Biswas and Adil Hussain. The story of the film is based on folktales from Assam, India.

“We are thrilled to be able to share these films with the New York audience,” states Aseem Chhabra, NYIFF festival director. “Three of the feature films are National Award winners. And out of the nearly 40 shorts we are showing this year, there are two National Award winners: FAMOUS IN AHMEDABAD and DAARVATHA.”

Straight from the Sundance Film Festival, BRAHMAN NAMAN is a true Indian teenage comedy. It is funny, touching and will be universal in its appeal. It is about the exhilaration and confusion of being 17 - the pleasure of being in a gang, breaking the rules, acting big, falling in love - coming of age.

From the Tamil films, CRIME IN PUNISHMENT is the latest film from NYIFF alum and 2015 NYIFF award winner M. Manikandan.  FOR THE LOVE OF A MAN is a documentary film that explores the popularity of the Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth.

GOOD OL’ BOY is the feel-good, coming-of-age story of Smith, a 10-year-old boy from India growing up in Small Town, America in 1979.  This Diaspora film features actors Samrat Chakrabarti (Midnight’s Children, The Waiting City) and Poorna Jagannathan (Delhi Belly, Nirbhaya).

Bengali master, Soumitra Chatterjee starrer PEACE HAVEN is the story of three septuagenarian friends who embark on a journey to build their very own mortuary.

Multiple award winner and fresh from the international film festival circuit PARCHED is a story about women set in the heart of parched rural landscape of Gujarat, India. It traces the bittersweet tale of four ordinary women Rani, Lajjo, Bijli and Janaki. We see them unapologetically talk about men, sex and life as they struggle with their individual boundaries to face their demons and stage their own personal wars.


In an era when Bollywood music ruled the Indian households and when Ghazal as a genre was limited to only the connoisseurs, Jagjit Singh made Ghazals a necessity of every music lover's collection.  KAAGAZ KI KASHTI traces the life journey of a down-to-earth, small-town boy, who made it big by breaking through the norms and the Ghazal scenario, by texturing   traditional Ghazal singing with western instrumentation and making it simple and hummable, enticing new listeners into becoming Ghazal fans.

“The 2016 festival features a wide array of films from all over the South Asian diaspora,” states IAAC founder Aroon Shivdasani. This year our films reflect the reality of India, dealing both with LGBT issues that have surfaced in the supreme court and on the streets, as well as strong feminist films dealing with female infanticide, child marriage, domestic abuse, trafficking and several other key issues that affect women in a world that still leans towards chauvinism.”

Festival Passes and Individual Tickets can be purchased at the festival's website:

Full line up Schedule with films synopsis >

The 16th Annual NYIFF’s features selections include:


Saturday May 7, 2016 at 6 pm at Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYC

Let's Dance to The Rhythm


India/2014/2 hr 36 minDirected by Bardroy Baretto  Cast: Vijay Maurya, Palomi Ghosh, Prince Jacob



Tuesday May 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm at Village East Cinemas, 2nd Ave & 12th Street, NYC



India/2015/ 2 hr 17 minDirected by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni  Cast: Mukta Barve, Sunil Barve, Tisca Chopra



Saturday May 14, 2016 at 5 pm at Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYC



India/2015/114 min Directed by Hansal Mehta Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Rajkummar Rao



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A Far Afternoon- A painted saga by Krishen Khanna

Sruti Harihara Subramaniam


2015/India/1 hr 11 min 9 sec


Krishen Khanna, Ashvin Rajagopalan, Gayatri Sinha, A.Ramachandran, Ranjit Hoskote, Akbar Padamsee



Basu Bhattacharya

Feature Narrative

1971/India/2 hr 19 min

Hindi with English subtitles

Sanjeev Kumar, Tanuja Samarth, Dinesh Thakur, A. K. Hangal



Aparna Sen

Feature Narrative

2015/India/2 hr 14 min

Bengali with English subtitles

Dev, Rittika Sen, Jisshu Sengupta, Waheeda Rehman, Kaushik Sen, Jaya Seal Ghosh, Roopa Ganguly, Swagata Mukherjee


Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastan

Saeed Mirza

Feature Narrative


Hindi with English subtitles

Dilip Dhawan, Anjali Paigankar, Shreeram Lagoo, Om Puri, Sulabha Deshpande, Rohini Hattangadi, Satish Shah


Birds with Large Wings

Dr. Biju Damodaran

Feature Narrative

2015/India/1 hr 56 min

Malayalam with English subtitles

Kunchacko Boban, Nedumudi Venu, Suraj venjaramoodu, Salim Kumar, Prakash Bare, James Bradford, Thampy Antony, Sajeev Pillai, Anumol


Brahman Naman

Qaushiq Mukherjee

Feature Narrative

2016/USA/1 hr 35 min


Shashank Arora, Tanmay Dhanania, Chaitanya Varad, Vaishwath Shankar, Sindhu Sreenivasa Murthy, Subholina Sen



Kaushik Ganguly

Feature Narrative

2015/India/1 hr 35 min

Bengali with English subtitles

Paran Bandopadhay, Parambrata Chatterjee,Arun Guha Thakurta, Sohini Sarkar, Lama Halder


Cities of Sleep

Aman Mann


2015/India/1 hr 14 min

Hindi with English subtitles


City of Dark

Spandan Banerjee

Feature Narrative

2015/India/1 hr 15 min

Bengali with English subtitles


Crime in Punishment

M. Manikandan

Feature Narrative

2016/India/1hr 37 min 22 sec

Tamil with English subtitles


Dubai Return

Aditya Bhattacharya

Feature Narrative

2005/India/1 hr 36 min

Hindi with English subtitles

Irrfan Khan, Divya Dutta, Razak Khan, Vijay Maurya, Mukesh Bhatt, Anupam Shyam, Ritu Shivpuri, Shaukat Baig as ‘Casper


For the Love of a Man

Rinku Kalsy

Feature Narrative

2015/India, Netherlands/1 hr 22 min

Tamil with English subtitles

 G. Mani, Suganthi Mani, N. Ravi, N. Murugan, Kamal Anand, Quadir Hoseyn, Ravi Anna, K. Hariharan, Uma Vangal


G - A wanton heart

Feature Narrative

2015/India/1hr 43 min 13 sec

Haryanavi with English subtitles



Rajah Muzaffar Ali

Feature Narrative

1978/India/2 hr 15 min

Hindi with English subtitles

Farooq Shaikh, Smita Patil, Jalal Agha, Nana Patekar, Gita Siddharth


Good Ol' Boy

Frank Lotito

Feature Narrative

2015/USA/1hr 43 min


Jason Lee, Anjul Nigam, Brighton Sharbino, Hilarie Burton, Roni Akurati


Island City

2015/India/1hr 51 min

Feature Narrative

Hindi with English subtitles

Tannishtha Chatterjee, Vinay Pathak, Ashwin Mushran, Amruta Subhash


Ka Bodyscapes

Jayan K Cherian

Feature Narrative

2016/India/1 hr 38 min 44 sec

Malayalam with English subtitles

Naseera, Jason Chacko, Rajesh Kannan



Suman Ghosh

Feature Narrative

2015/India/1 hr 30 min

Konkona SenSharma, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Kousik Sen, Titas Bhowmick, Srikanto Acharya, Sanjoy Nag, Senjuti Mukhopadhyay, Sreelekha Mitra


Kagaz Ki Kashti (Paperboat)

Brahmanand S Singh



Hindi/ Urdu with English subtitles

Jagjit Singh, Chitra Singh, Gulzar, Mahesh Bhatt, Pankaj Udhas, Anup Jalota



Sami Khan

Feature Narrative

2015/Canada/1 hr 22 min


Rupak Ginn, Ravi Khanvikar, Rachel Wilson


Life in Metaphors: A Portrait of Girish Kasaravalli

OP Srivastava


2015/India/1 hr 24 min


Girish Kasaravalli


Luka Chuppi (Hide and Seek)

Bash Mohammed

Feature Narrative

2015/India/1 hr 49 min

Malayalam with English subtitles

Murali Gopy, Jayasurya, Joju George


Moh Maya Money (In greed we trust)

Munish Bhardwaj

Feature Narrative

2016/India/1 hr 48 min

Hindi with English subtitles

Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Devendra Chauhan, Vidushi Mehra, Ashwath Bhatt



Selvamani Selvaraj

Feature Narrative

2015/India/1 hr 36 mins

Sruthi Hariharan, Vicky, Sarvesh Sridhar, Rajan Sekri, Srikanth, Pooja



Leena Yadav

Feature Narrative

2015/India/1 hr 58 min

Hindi with English subtitles

Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Radhika Apte, Lehar Khan


Peace Haven

Suman Ghosh

Feature Narrative

2015/India, USA/1 hr 17 min

Bengali with English subtitles

Soumitra Chatterjee, Arun Mukhopadhyay, Poran Bandopadhay



Srijit Mukherji

Feature Narrative

2015/India/2 hr 40 min

Bengali with English subtitles

Rituparna Sengupta, Lily Chakraborty, Parno Mitra, Jaya Ahsan, Sudiptaa Chakraborty, Priyanka Sarkar, Sohini Sarkar


Sahib Bibi Aur Goolam (The Drifters)

Pratim Dasgupta

Feature Narrative

2016/India/2 hr

Bengali with English subtitles

Anjan Dutt, Swastika Mukherjee, Ritwick Chakraborty



Bimal Roy

Feature Narrative

1959/India/2 hr 41 min

Hindi with English subtitles

Nutan, Sunil Dutt, Shashikala, Lalita Pawar, Tarun Bose, Sulochana Latkar, Asit Kumar Sen


The River of Fables

Feature Narrative

2015/India/1 hr 58 min

Assamese with English subtitles

Adil Hussain, Seema Biswas


The Silence

Gajjendra Ahire

Feature Narrative

2015/India/1 hr 31 min

Marathi with English subtitles

Raghuvir Yadav, Nagraj Manjule, Anjali Patil


The Threshold

Pushan Kripalani

Feature Narrative

2015/India/1 hr 27 min

Hindi, Punjabi, and English

Rajit Kapoor, Neena Gupta


Tiladaanam (The Rite, a passion)

K.N.T. Sastry

Feature Narrative

2002/India/1 hr 29 min

Telugu with English subtitles

 H. G. Dattatraya, Jaya Seal, Brahmaji, Thanikella Bhavani, Attili


U Turn

Pawan Kumar

Feature Narrative

2016/India/2 hr

Kannada with English subtitles

Roger Narayan, Shraddha Srinath, Dileep Raj



Anu Menon

Feature Narrative

2015/India/1 hr 30 min


Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin


White Nights

Razi Muhammed

Feature Narrative

2015/India/2 hr 10 min 28 sec

Malayalam with English subtitles

About the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC):

The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian Sub-Continental and cross-cultural art forms in North America. The IAAC supports all artistic disciplines in the classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding. Our focus is to work with artists and arts organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists and arts organizations from the Indian Sub-Continent to exhibit, perform and produce their works here.

About the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF):

The New York Indian Film Festival is the oldest, most prestigious Indian film festival in the United States.  It is dedicated to showcasing, promoting and building an awareness of Independent, art house and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent.  Our mission is to encourage filmmakers to tell their stories, to educate North America about them and their talent and to facilitate the making and distribution of these films. NYIFF boasts eight days of premiere screenings of feature, documentary & short films, industry panels, special events, retrospectives, red carpet galas, an award ceremony, packed audiences and amazing media coverage.