Lassi with Lavina Guide to Upcoming Events – India’s New Wave Comes to New York

The Crow's Egg

The Crow’s Egg

India’s New Wave Cinema Comes to New York

Don’t you love this new America where India pops up in the most unlikely places? If you live in Queens you’ll be delighted to know that the marvelous Museum of the Moving Image has embraced India’s New Wave Cinema with the screening of a new film every month.

A new wave of Indian cinema has been featured in recent years in top film festivals around the world including Cannes, Venice, and Toronto International Film Festival, securing worldwide distribution and finding its audience both within India and abroad. Now this New Wave comes to Queens in this ongoing series of monthly films.

Bombay Velvet

Anushka Sharma & Ranbir Kapoor in Anurag Kashyap's 'Bombay Velvet'

Anushka Sharma & Ranbir Kapoor in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Bombay Velvet’

Last month was Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Bombay Velvet’ which is fast developing into a cult film. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar, the film is directed by Anurag Kashyap and co-edited by Thelma Schoonmaker, who has won three Academy Awards for her work with Martin Scorsese.

Kaakaa Muttai

This month on November 22 you can see ‘The Crow’s Egg’  (Kaakaa Muttai)  – M.Manikandan’s debut film which has received rave reviews, besides two National Awards. This film is in Tamil with English subtitles and is an unforgettable tale of changing India, where the opening of a pizza parlor in an old playground site opens up new aspirations and dreams for two spunky slum kids, Big Crow’s Egg and Little Crow’s Egg. After all, what is life without pizza? This film draws you into the lives of this town.

” A breath of fresh air, not because it mimics Danny Boyle—it doesn’t—but because this family film at last finds a way to shift the lens to an exuberantly Indian perspective” (Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival).





Next month the Museum of the Moving Image shows yet another topnotch film ‘Court’ which is India’s official entry for the Academy Awards. Alan Scherstuhl wrote in The Village Voice, “A super naturalistic study in class, bureaucracy, and censorial stupidity… Court is one of the strongest debut features in years.’

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Lavina Melwani is a New York-based journalist who writes for several international publications. [email protected] & @lassiwithlavina Sign up for the free newsletter to get your dose of Lassi!


  1. Wow!! This is super awesome. Do you know if these will come to LA or if they will be available to watch online, Lavina?

  2. Shago, the Museum of the Moving Image doesn’t have any traveling plans but Christina Marouda, the director of development at the Museum is also the founder of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA). This festival, which is every year in April, shows these films. April 6-10, 2016 are the new dates.

  3. It’s been shown at the IAAC Festival earlier but it’s a good chance to catch it on the big screen! It’s supposed to be a really wonderful movie. Next month the Museum of the Moving Image is showing ‘Court’, which is India’s entry for the Oscars.