Hindi film will close out ninth edition
The world preem of Disney’s “Zokkomon” will close the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles on April 17.The ninth edition of the fest opens with the L.A. preem of “I Am Kalam” on April 12. It will unspool 13 features, six docs and 13 shorts at the ArcLight in Hollywood. Hindi-lingo “Zokkomon” marks the directorial debut of Satyajit Bhatkal, who also wrote the script about a boy who faces extraordinary challenges. Anupam Kher (“Bend It Like Beckham”) stars. “I Am Kalam,” directed by Nila Madhab Panda and inspired by the life of former Indian president Abdul Kalam, is about a youngster struggling to gain an education. Also world preeming is docu “Big in Bollywood,” from helmers Kenny Meehan and Bill Bowles, about Omi Vaidya, an Indian-American who starred in last year’s hit “Three Idiots.” Other docs include “The Bengali Detective,” “Pink Sarees” and “Ganesh Boy Wonder.” “An Unfinished Letter,” by Aparna Sen (“Mr. and Mrs. Iyer”) and “Virgin Goat” by Murali Nair (“Marana simhasanam”) are among U.S. bows. The Bollywood by Night section returns this year, screening films including Aamir Khan starrer “Mumbai Diaries,” Rajnikanth toplined Tamil pic “The Robot” and “Band baaja baarat.” Tickets and information available at http://www.indianfilmfestival.org.