The New York Indian Film Festival has planned tributes to the Bollywood icons, Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi. While Sridevi passed away on February 24 in Dubai, Shashi Kapoor had died last year.
An organiser said, “Shashi Kapoor, who appeared in Merchant-Ivory films such as ‘The Householder’, will be honoured with the screenings of ‘Shakespeare Wallah’ and ‘Heat and Dust’. To honour Sridevi, her 2012 hit film ‘English Vinglish’, which was set in New York, will be screened during the festival.”
The film festival opens on May 7 with ‘Nude’, a Marathi film directed by Ravi Jadhav. The story revolves around a single mother who gets a job as a nude model at an art school but fears the judgement of others and keeps her job a secret. The closing night film on May 12 is said to be Hansal Mehta’s ‘Omerta’ starring Rajkumar Rao.
Founder Aroon Shivdasani said, “NYIFF is known around the world for its top-notch, out-of-the-box programming, and this year is no different. The New York audience is sophisticated, well-travelled, educated and discerning; as such, our content reflects what we think will resonate with the cinephiles of this cosmopolitan city and will keep them coming back for more.”