HOLLYWOOD, CA - The 12th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) took place this past week showcasing a dizzying array of movies from filmmakers all across the globe. IIFLA is the largest film festival in North America entirely dedicated to supporting and celebrating Indian cinema.
Other films making their U.S. and Los Angeles premiere were ‘Kush,’ ‘Liar’s Dice’, ‘Alchemy’, ‘Jaya’, and ‘Skin Deep’ just to name a few. A quartet of short films celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema was also showcased in Bombay Talkies, featuring work from Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap, four of India’s most exciting contemporary directors. The films crafted a tale of ordinary people whole love of movies alters the course of their lives. Some notable actors within Bombay Talkies include Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, and Rani Mukerji.
The festival closed with the UK film ‘Jadoo,’ directed by Amit Gupta. Set in Leicester, England, the comedy charts the chaos that ensues when a young Indian girl gets engaged to a Brit. In this uproariously funny and heartfelt exploration of family bonds, Gupta’s cast is very charming. Kulvinder Ghir, Amara Karan, and Harish Patel are just some of the actors that brought Gupta’s hilarious premise to life.
The closing night gala also included many distinguished awards handed out to some of the best films of the festival. ‘Fandry,’ Nagraj Manjule’s film about a boy and his family’s struggle against daily prejudice in their Maharashtra village, won the Jury Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature Film.
In the same category, ‘Siddharth’ by Richie Mehta took home the Audience Choice Award. In the documentary category, ‘Powerless’ by Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustada won the Jury Award while Pan Nalin’s ‘Faith Connections’ won the Audience Choice Award. Other awards in the short film category went to Pranay Patwardhan’s ‘Alchemy’ and Shubhashish Bhutani’s ‘Kush’.
Nirvana-Bombay Palace hosted the opening and closing night gala receptions in Beverly Hills.