Once in Calcutta Aditya Vikram Sengupta won two awards for Best Director and Sreelekha Mitra for Best Actress at the 2022 edition of the New York Indian Film Festival, which also won the Best Film Trophy for Faraz Ali’s Shoebox.
The seven-day Film Gala, which concluded on May 14, screened films from India and the Indian Diaspora and presented awards.
The awards were announced on Saturday night via the NYIFF’s official Instagram page.
Sengupta’s Once Upon a Time in Calcutta is a filmmaker’s homage to modern day Kolkata. Bengali language cinema highlights the aspirations and struggles of suffocating people in a burgeoning metropolis.
In the Hindi film Shoebox, Ali explores a young woman’s complex relationship with her father, and the world around her changes significantly. It was the second center of the festival after Bani Singh’s Tang / Longing.
Sacred Games star Jitendra Joshi won the Best Actor award for Nikhil Mahajan’s performance in Godavari. The Marathi film is considered as a philosophical exploration of life and death. States of the country.
Newcomer Singh’s Tang / Longing won the Best Documentary Feature Trophy. The film tells the life of Grahanandan ‘Nandi’ Singh, the director’s father, who was part of the Indian hockey team that won gold at the 1948 London Olympics against former colonial England, and his friendship with pre – partition team members. 1947.
Vijayetha Kumar won the Best Documentary Short Award for kicking ball. The film explores the journey and sisterhood of 200 teenage girls playing football from three small villages in Rajasthan.
Riteish Sharma’s The Brit Thread won the Best Debut Film award for its trilingual Hindi, English and Hebrew plays.
The story takes place in Sharma’s hometown of Varanasi and follows the street dancer Rani and the handloom weaver Shahdab.
Kuldeep Patel’s Powai won the Best Screenplay award. The film, set in Mumbai, follows the struggle of three women from different socio-economic backgrounds to achieve their dreams and achieve autonomy in an anarchic, patriarchal and intolerant urban landscape.
Ryan Shah and Hirnaya Zinswadia from the Gujarati children’s film Gandhi & Co were nominated for Best Child Actress.
Amrita Bagchi’s short film Succulent, which questions the possibility of human trafficking, won the award for best short story.
Presented by the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) for the third year in a row, the festival had 60 screenings, including 18 feature documentaries, six documentaries and 36 short films.
NYIFF is an alternative to the global Indian community, celebrating independent cinema and bringing this collection of films to New York audiences.