Faraz Ali’s ‘Shoebox’ wins best film award at NYIFF 2022

The 2022 edition of the oldest film festival in North America featured 60 movies from India and the Indian Diaspora

Indian writer director Faraz Ali’s “Shoebox” about the changing Indian city of Allahabad trying to cling to its old values won the best film award at the just concluded New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF).

The 2022 edition of the oldest and most prominent film festival in North America, including films from India and the Indian Diaspora, featured 60 movies — eight feature films, six documentaries, and 36 short films.

Read: Aakash Prabhakar’s ‘Freddie’s Piano’ makes it to NYIFF 2021 (May 20, 2021)

The Best Director award went to Aditya Vikram Sengupta for ‘Once Upon a Time in Calcutta’ (Bengali). Sreelekha Mitra won the Best Actress award for her role in the film. Jitendra Joshi won the Best Actor award for ‘Godavari’ (Marathi) directed by Nikhil Mahajan.

‘Jhini Bini Chadariya/The Brittle Thread,’ a trilingual drama in Hindi, English, and Hebrew directed by Ritesh Sharma, won the best debut film prize presented by the Film Critics Circle of India.

Hosted by The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), the festival featured independent, art-house, alternative, and diaspora films in 13 languages — Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

The seven day film festival closed May 14 with ‘The Beatles And India: An Enduring Love Affair,’ a documentary by Ajoy Bose and Peter Compton, describing the time when the famous English rock band took part in Transcendental Meditation at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at Rishikesh in 1968.

“NYIFF’s mission is to provide filmmakers, actors and industry professionals a platform to showcase their work, as well as foster an environment where filmmakers exchange ideas and interact with discerning and diverse audiences, journalists and aficionados,” said Aseem Chhabra, the director of the festival.

“On behalf of the entire board, I applaud all the winners and nominees. We are proud to continue our tradition of supporting and recognizing this stellar talent and bringing these acclaimed works to a new audience,” said Dr. Nirmal Mattoo, Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) Chairman.

“This year, our aim was to resonate a lasting dialogue about the ongoing, worldwide impact of Indian culture on the 75th Anniversary of Independence.”

Read: Faraz Ali’s ‘Shoebox’ Wins Best Film at N.Y. Indian Film Festival and Ritesh Sharma’s ‘The Brittle Thread’ Declared Best Debut Film (May 17, 2022)

Here is the complete list of award winners:

Best Film: Shoebox (Hindi) directed by Faraz Ali

Best Director: Aditya Vikram Sengupta for Once Upon a Time in Calcutta (Bengali)

Best Actor: Jitendra Joshi for Godavari (Marathi) directed by Nikhil Mahajan

Best Actress: Sreelekha Mitra for Once Upon a Time in Calcutta (Bengali) directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta

Best Screenplay: Kuldip Patel for Powai (Hindi) directed by Kuldip Patel

Best Child Actor(s): Reyaan Shah & Hiranya Zinzuwadia for Gandhi & Co. (Gujarati) directed by Manish Saini

Best Documentary (Feature): Taangh/ Longing (English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu) directed by Bani Singh

Best Short (Narrative): Succulent (Hindi, English) directed by Amrita Bagchi

Best Short (Documentary): Kicking Balls (Hindi) directed by Vijayeta Kumar

Best Debut Film (Presented by the Film Critics Circle of India): Jhini Bini Chadariya/ The Brittle Thread (Hindi) directed by Ritesh Sharma

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