The 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival came to a close on May 8 with the Closing Night red carpet premiere of Rituparno Ghosh’s powerful film Noukadubi which was attended by Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh Kapoor, Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Aparna Sen, Madhur Jaffrey, Ambassador Prakash Shah, Consul General Prabhu Dayal, and many other notable celebrities. Noukadubi is a 1920s love story based on the novel by Rabindranath Tagore.
Following the premiere at Asia Society in Manhattan was the festival’s annual awards ceremony.
The 2011 award winning films are:
Best Feature Film – Sthaniya Sambaad (Spring in the Colony), directed by Arjun Gourisaria & Moinak Biswas
Best Director – Aparna Sen, Iti Mrinalini
Best Actor – Rishi Kapoor, Do Dooni Chaar
Best Actress – Konkona Sen Sharma, Iti Mrinalini
Best Screenplay – Mohan Raghavan, T.D. Dasan Std. VI B
Best Documentary – Bhopali (Max Carlson)
Best Short Film – Just That Sort Of A Day (Abhay Kumar)