With short films being the latest norm, there are scores of such movies being made across the globe by talented movie-makers. It is a proud moment for India that its movies are being screened at festivals all over the world. Short film “The Idiot,” directed by the uber-talented Ruchi Joshi and Sriram Ganapathy is already making waves among the movie circuit. With it being selected to be screened at the acclaimed 40th Asian American International Film Festival, the good news just keeps getting better. The 19-minute film will be screened on the 30th of July 2017 at 4:00 pm, New York.
The movie is a cleverly made political satire attempting to expose the hypocrisy and bigotry of Indian society which judges based on caste and religion even today. Reportedly inspired by true events, the movie is a humorous take on Islamophobia. It portrays and ridicules our prejudices using dark humor. With current affairs in the world (and world politics!) being centered around the same thing, the movie simply couldn’t have come at a better time. Without being too preachy, the filmmakers have made a brave attempt to put across their viewpoint. Although liberals have loved the movie, there is (inevitably) a section that has criticized it. Whatever the case, we are excited to see how the movie is received at the acclaimed international festival. With such a talented lineup of artists like Virendra Saxena, Arif Lamba, Ruchi Joshi and Sriram Ganapathy, the movie cannot be anything but a major hit.
There are other Indian films to be screened at the festival as well – Bachelor Girls (Shikha Makan), Half Ticket (Samit Kakkad), I See You (Manjari Makijany), Singing with Angry Bird (Hyewon Jee) and Punjab (Karan Aryaman Marwaha). Such a fabulous lineup of Indian movies to be screened at the Asian American International Film Festival is brilliant news for the Indian entertainment industry indeed. No doubt, this will encourage several more budding, talented artists to foray into this mesmerizing world. Here’s hoping all of these amazing movies do exceedingly well at the festival! We wish you the best of luck!
To book tickets for the event visit https://aaiff.org/2017/country/india/