NYIFF 2016 – Red Carpets, Star Power

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Aroon Shivdansai, Executive and Artistic Director, IAAC, Bardroy Baretto, director, Aseem Chhabra, NYIFF festival director, Palomi Ghosh, lead actress Photo:-Jay mandal/On Assignment

Aroon Shivdansai, Executive and Artistic Director, IAAC, Bardroy Baretto, director, Aseem Chhabra, NYIFF festival director, Palomi Ghosh, lead actress Photo:-Jay mandal/On Assignment

Little Black Book Events: NYIFF Opening Night Gala

Film festivals are always a draw –  you may say you come just for the movies but admit it, you’re also there to hobnob with the actors and the directors, to rub shoulders with celebrity and perhaps share a drink with the Starry Ones! Well, this year’s New York Indian Film Festival was no different – the red carpet was crammed with loads of directors, producers, actors, emerging as well as famous ones and festival-goers had a great time.

It certainly helped that the opening night film at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts was the marvelous hidden gem – ‘Nachom-la Kumpasar’, (Let’s Dance to the Rhythm)  directed by Bardroy Barretto. It’s a love song to the world of jazz music set in Goa, and is a mesmerizing film with over 20 musical numbers. It stars the stunningly talented Palomi Ghosh as the tragic young singer Dona and the movie revolves around her totally.  So realistic was her performance that It was startling to see her in the flesh, away from the old Goa in today’s New York, clad in a shocking pink saree, flashing a radiant smile and very much an inhabitant of today’s world.

The evening had enough star power to light up the room with noted names like Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Madhur Jaffrey – and the lovely Palomi Ghosh who actually performed live with a musical band at the opening night gala. The evening’s host was Sree Sreenivasan who is Chief Digital Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and brought the NYIFF to the social media heights.

Here is Lassi with Lavina’s Little Black Book – an image gallery to take you into that evening:

Emcee Sree Sreenivasan with director Mira Nair

Master of Ceremonies Sree Sreenivasan- (Chief Digital Officer of the Met in his other avatar)  with filmmaker Mira Nair. Photo: Sangeeta Jain.

From Left, Madhur Jaffrey , Author Salman Rushdie, Ambassador Riva ganguly Das, India's Consul General to NY City, Filmmaker Mira Nair and actress Palomi Ghosh

Actress and cooking authority Madhur Jaffrey, Author Salman Rushdie, Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, India’s Consul General to NYC, Filmmaker Mira Nair and actress Palomi Ghosh – Photo: Jay Mandal/On Assignment

From Left, Aroon Shivdasani, NYIFF Artistic Director, Actress Poonam Khubani and Filmmaker Mira Nair at 2016-NYIFF opening night Gala in New York City. Photo:-Jay Mandal/On Assignment

From Left, Aroon Shivdasani, NYIFF Artistic Director, artiste Poonam Kay and Filmmaker Mira Nair at 2016-NYIFF opening night Gala in New York City. Photo:-Jay Mandal/On Assignment

Payal Sethi and Vishesh Sharma Photo:-Jay Mandal/On Assignment

Director Payal Sethi and Vishesh Sharma
Photo:-Jay Mandal/On Assignment

From left, Filmmaker, Spandan Banerjee, story & screen play writer, Rupleen Bose, Consul general of India to New York, Amb Riva Ganguly Das, Actress Palomi Ghosh and Film Director Pratim D Gupta at 2016 New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) in New York. Photo:-Jay Mandal/On Assignment

From left, Filmmaker Spandan Banerjee, story & screenplay writer, Rupleen Bose, Consul General of India to New York, Amb Riva Ganguly Das, Actress Palomi Ghosh and film director Pratim D Gupta at 2016 New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) in New York.
Photo:-Jay Mandal/On Assignment

Lavina Melwani of Lassi with Lavina, Friends of India President Daryl Rand, artiste Poonam Kay and Larisa Maikhailova, President, Home Shopping Network -Russia  (Photo: Sangeeta Jain)

Lavina Melwani of Lassi with Lavina, Friends of India President Daryl Rand, artiste Poonam Kay and Larisa Maikhailova, President, Home Shopping Network -Russia  (Photo: Sangeeta Jain)

Salman Rushdie & Sundaram Tagore Photo:-Jay Mandal/On Assignment

Author Salman Rushdie & Gallerist Sundaram Tagore
Photo:-Jay Mandal/On Assignment

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

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