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‘Run Kalyani’ to Kick Off Digital Edition of New York Indian Film Festival

Run Kalyani
Courtesy of New York Indian Film Festival

The 20th edition of the New York Indian Film Festival will go online, powered by Movie Saints, following in the footsteps of many other fests.

Running July 24-Aug. 2, the digital NYIFF will open with the streaming of Geetha J’s Malayalam-language “Run Kalyani,” about a woman who works as a cook while caring for her ailing aunt. An Indian cover of Ravel’s “Bolero” accompanies her daily life.

“‘Run Kalyani’ is a gorgeous film and got a lot of love from our programming committee,” said Aseem Chhabra, NYIFF festival director. The festival is presented by the Indo-American Arts Council

The fest will close with Geethu Mohandas’ “Moothon,” produced by Anurag Kashyap. Mohandas’ “Liar’s Dice” played in the festival in 2013 and the film was entered in the 2014 Oscar foreign-language race as India’s entry. “Moothon” is described as a film about love and loss.

Two documentaries will be featured as the festival’s centerpieces. Vibha Bakshi’s “Son Rise” highlights changing the narrative on patriarchy is deeply rooted in states such as Haryana. It will play July 28. Tanuja Chandra’s “Aunty Sudha, Aunty Radha,” about her two widowed aunts who live in the family home in a village in Uttar Pradesh, streams July 29.

A conversation with actor Manoj Bajpayee (“Gangs of Wasseypur”) is among the special features of the festival.

All the films are subtitled in English. For more information, visit iaac.us or nyiff.moviesaints.com.

Here is the entire list of the feature films being shown:

Feature Narrative Films
Aani Maani (Hindi/ Urdu), dir. Fahim Irshad
Ahaa Re (Bengali), dir. Ranjan Ghosh
Gamak Ghar (Maithili), dir. Achal Mishra
Kastoori (Hindi/ Marathi), dir. Vinod Kamble
Knock Knock Knock (Bengali, English), dir. Sudhanshu Saria
Lorni- the Flaneur (Khasi), dir.  Wanphrang Diengdoh
Moothon (Malayalam, Hindi), dir. Geethu Mohandas
Nimtoh (Nepali), dir. Saurav Rai
Run Kalyani (Malayalam), dir. Geetha J
Trijya (Marathi), dir. Akshay Indikar
The False Eye (Malayalam), dir. Rahul Nair
The Prologue (Bengali), dir. Chandrasish Ray

Feature Documentary Films
Aunty Sudha, Aunty Radha (Hindi), dir. Tanuja Chandra
Son Rise (Haryanvi, English), dir. Vibha Bakshi
Two Flags (Tamil, French, English), dir. Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Yeh Freedom Life (Hindi), dir. Priya Sen