Sanjay Leela Bhansali's SAAWARIYA will be premiered and there will be screenings of Rituparno Ghosh's 'THE LAST LEAR, Pan Nalin's VALLEY OF FLOWERS and Mira Nair's short film AIDS JAAGO' at the five-day Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival beginning in New York from November 7.
Fifty films have been selected, including 12 world premieres, 11 US premieres and 15 New York premieres at the festival which is being sponsored by Mahindra and Mahindra.
SAAWARIYA is the first Indian co-production by Sony Pictures. Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor, the film is based on 'White Nights' which is a short story written by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
THE LAST LEAR stars Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, and Arjun Rampal, while Buddhadeb Dasgupta's THE VOYEURS stars Amitav Bhattacharya, Prosenjit Chatterjee, and Sameera Reddy and VALLEY OF FLOWERS stars Milind Soman, Mylene Jampanoi, and Naseeruddin Shah. It won the Jury Award for Best Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2007.
Arindam Nandy's VIA DARJEELING stars Kay Kay Menon, Parvin Dabas, Vinay Pathak and Shonali Misra. The film was earlier screened in Delhi at the Osian's Cinefan Asian and Arab Film Festival 2007.
Four short films directed by Mira Nair, Vishal Bhardwaj, Farhan Akhtar and Santosh Sivan will also be screened.