Chicago South Asian Film Festival -Sept.20-23,2012


Starting on September 20, CSAFF 2012 will be a four-day festival hosted at Showplace Icon Theaters and Film Row Cinema (Columbia College Chicago) and will present 24 films, including 5 world premieres, 8 US premieres and 11 Chicago premieres.

The Festival opens with the North American premiere of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine starring Kareena Kapoor. The film is a bold, shocking, yet sensitive look behind the scenes of the glitz and glamour Indian film stars reside. A special discussion about the film and its themes will take place after the film with acclaimed poet, lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar and Heroine cast member Lillete Dubey.


The centerpiece film is the world premiere of Listen Amaya starring acclaimed actors Deepti Naval and Farooq Shaikh. The film by debutante director Avinash Kumar Singh tells the story of a daughter, Amaya, and her widow mother who begins to develop a relationship with Amaya’s friend played by Farooq Shaikh.


Closing out the Festival is the world premiere of Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon’s comeback film, Shobhna’s 7 Nights. The actress is expected to attend the screening in Chicago.
The lineup also consists of I Am Kalam director Nila Madhab Panda’s new movie Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid. The film was recently screened at the Marché Du Cannes and is based on the issue of female foeticide. “After seeing the film, people will get entertained and get a message too.” Panda said of his film in a recent interview.
Three regional films are also playing at the Festival this year: the Marathi film Masala, Bengali film Runaway, and the Malayalam film Abu Son of Adam which was India’s official entry to the 84th Academy Awards. Shabana Azmi-starrer A Decent Arrangement, Delhi in a Day, Lessons in Forgetting, Rat Race and Gattu round off the features.


Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF) is dedicated to fostering a diverse cinematic experience through South Asian films. The Festival was founded in 2010 and is organized by the Chicago South Asian Arts Council Inc. The Festival is held in late September in conjunction with Columbia College Chicago and includes a stellar selection of films and guests, panel discussions, opportunities for filmmakers and film lovers to connect, musical performances, tributes to major artists, and gala’s.
The Festival is committed to providing a ground-breaking cinematic experience for filmmakers and moviegoers alike with the warmth and personal touch that is unique to Chicago.

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