South Asian film festival opened in New York with the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Saawariya" yesterday.This is organised by the Indo-American Arts Council, opened on Wednesday with a red carpet welcome for actors and directors, including Mira Nair, Milind Soman and Konkona Sen Sharma.
It is a five-day festival and will close with "The Last Lear" starring Amitabh Bachchan and directed by Rituparno Ghosh. Awards in seven categories including best film, best director, best actor and best actress will be announced on the closing night.
And Konkona Sen Sharma is nominated for best actress in ''Dosar'' and Raima Sen for "Manorama Six Feet Under" .
directors Rituparno Ghosh and Buddhadeb Das Gupta are expected to attend the closing night ceremony. The film festival aims at raising the profile of the South Asian film industry outside India and one of the biggest film festivals of South Asian films outside India, the event is showcasing over 50 Indian independent and diaspora films over five days.