Everything You’d Want To Know About The 17th New York Indian Film Festival

Posted on 27 April, 2017 by Team Wishberry


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The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is an eight-day event running from the 30th of April to the 7th of May, 2017. The seventeenth edition of this cinematic celebration will witness 44 shorts, documentaries and feature films, from the South Asian countries of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Opening and Closing Film:

The festival will open with Alankrita Srivastava’s multiple-awards-winning film, Lipstick Under My Burkha, a film that is still fighting a ban for being ‘lady-oriented’ (Read our review here). And the closing film is by Milind Dhaimade — an ex advertising professional’s debut film, You Are My Sunday.


Apart from industry panels with experts on film financing, casting, shooting, distributing and more, the fest will see a new wing of cinema called Mobile Bollywood (minute-long cell phone films). Konkona Sen Sharma will pay tribute to iconic veteran actor Late. Om Puri, post the screening of her directorial debut, A Death In The Gunj (Read our review here). And two films, Ventilator and Sarvann, produced under Priyanka Chopra’s production banner will screen at the fest as well.

Films To Watch Out For:



Directed by National Award winning director, Onir, Shab is the story of multiple characters struggling with unrequited love, unfulfilled desires and helplessness at the hands of destiny.

Doctor Rakhmabai

Directed by 4-time National Award winning Ananth Mahadevan, Doctor Rakhmabai is the true story of India’s first practicing woman doctor who challenged norms and created history with her choices.  

Side A Side B

Directed by our really good friend Sudhish Kamath, Side A Side B is a film he made while living out of his suitcase — read all about that HERE. The story of the film follows a young musical couple travelling in a train for 44 hours, singing along the way, to the beat of the carriage.

With This Ring
Hindi, Manipuri, English 

Directed by Ameesha Joshi and Anna Sarkissian, With This Ring is a documentary film. Filmed over the course of six years, the film follows three Indian women who sidestep their traditional roles to become world champions in boxing. 

Feluda: 50 Years of Ray's Detective

English, Bengali

Directed by one of our campaigners Sagnik Chatterjee Sharma, the film documents the life of ‘Feluda’, a fictional detective, created by legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray.

Hindi, Haryanvi

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Gurgaon is multiple-awards-winning cinematographer Shanker Raman’s debut as director. The film is a modern-day noir and it examines the theme of man vs man and the quest for comfort and stability.


Directed by the very talented Faraz Arif Ansari, Sisak is India’s First Silent LGBTQ film that crowdfunded on Wishberry. It follows the developing romantic bond between two men, who take the same Mumbai Local train every night.

Bilu - A Demon Within (Bilu Rakkhosh)

The film creates takes a peek into the magical world of a loner with different psychological states of aspirations, dreams, agony and anticipation. Directed by Indrasis Acharya, the film shows how a person is transitioning into a demon after he loses his soul, living a mundane life.

Jeewan Hathi

Jeewan Hathi, directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, is a black comedy about the topsy-turvy universe of television in Pakistan. 

Lala Begum

Set in the ‘70s, Lala Begum, directed by Mehreen Jabbar, is a story of two estranged sisters trying to move ahead in life.

English, Hindi, Marathi

A freelancer named Shree who barely has had any real-life experience (travel-vise) finds himself on an amusing adventure full of excitement, danger and quirks. Shreelancer is director Sandeep Mohan’s fifth film, who has been known for introducing the concept of The Great Indian Travelling Cinema.

Wrong Side Raju


Directed by Mikhil Musale, Wrong Side Raju is the story of a driver by day and bootlegger by night; who finds himself stuck in a web of lies after an unfortunate hit-and-run accident.



On the occasion of ‘Ganesh Utsav’, a family patriarch is admitted into a hospital and has his whole family down along with the immensely successful Bollywood filmmaker nephew. While the whole family is distressed they also are super-excited about a celeb amidst them. Ventilator, directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, is a drama of confused people who are debating between preparing to mourn and arranging for festivities.

When the woods bloom 


When the woods bloom has been directed by Dr. Biju Damodaran, three time National award winning director. The film follows the story of a cop and a woman who are stranded in a forest that is occupied by the Maoists.

A Billion Colour Story 

A Billion Colour Story is an intimate story of love between a father and his son. Directed by N Padmakumar, the film follows the myriad colours of the world’s most diverse democracy.

Blossom (Sigai)


Written and directed by debutante director Jagadeesan Subu, Blossom is the story of a pimp who must investigate the sudden disappearance of a prostitute from his brothel.



Sarvann is a high-octane coming-of-age story of emotions, love, betrayal and redemption, directed by Karaan Guliani.

Colours of Innocence 

Winner of the Silver Lotus for Best Child Actors (National Awards, 2017), Colours of Innocence directed by Manas Mukul Pal, is the story of two young brothers who, after an accident, are forced to earn money for a livelihood.

Western Ghats

Directed by Lenin Bharathi, Western Ghats is the story of a labourer, who after years of dedicated labour, achieves the position of purchasing his own land, only to realise how impossible the corrupt have made it to prosper from hard work.


Kammatipaadam tells the story of the transformation of a city from its lush green serene past, through bloodshed and violence, into a present concrete jungle.  The film is directed by National Award winning cinematographer, Rajeev Ravi.


Directed by Rahul Bose, Poorna is a biographical adventure film on Malavath Poorna’s life — the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest.

Kasaav (Turtle)

Directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar, Kasaav is the story of a divorcee trying to find the meaning of life in a sea-turtle conservation project. Everything changes after she accidentally meets a young disturbed man.



Directed by National Award winning creative writer Dakxinkumar Bajrange, Sameer discusses the politics of perception via gripping narratives of the economy of violence.

The Argumentative Indian 
English, Bengali

Tracing the life and work of India's ‘Renaissance man’ and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, The Argumentative Indian is a documentary directed by Suman Ghosh. The film has been shot over a period of 15 years. It explores Amartya Sen’s formative years, his influences and views of the world.

You Are My Sunday (Tu Hai Mera Sunday) 
English, Hindi, Konkani

In the maddening congestion of Mumbai city, five young men leading dissimilar lives, find themselves looking forward to beginning their Sunday in each-other's company while playing football. You Are My Sunday is Milind Dhaimade’s debut feature and also is the Closing Film of the festival.

The festival will also be screening many other shorts and feature films from South Asian countries. Do visit their website for more details.

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