Friday night at SAIFF 2013

A few photos from the stellar line-up at SAIFF 2013 last night.

Maliya Scotch Marmo, screenwriter for Good morning, Karachi

Maliya Scotch Marmo, screenwriter for Good morning, Karachi

 

When I arrived at the festival yesterday, there was a spillover crowd in the lobby of the NYIT building looking for tickets to Good morning, Karachi, and I think many went home with no joy, because the theater was full to capacity.

That says a lot about the interest for this film, when so many people would come out and get drenched on a cold, rainy autumn night (and a Friday, no less) in an attempt to see this film.  And they were on to something – I really liked it (more later).

Nayyareen Chhapra, production designer, and Harune Massey, First Assistant Director, of Good morning, Karachi

Nayyareen Chhapra, production designer, and Harune Massey, first assistant director, of Good morning, Karachi

After seeing Good morning, Karachi, I intended to stay only to watch the short by Rodd Rathjen, Tau Seru, set in Ladakh, and purposely planned to exit before Richie Mehta’s Siddharth started, because, frankly, the story of two parents searching for their lost son between Delhi, Ludhiana and Mumbai just seemed like it was going to be a really tough watch, but I got hooked within the first three minutes and stayed.  And I am so glad I did.

Richie Mehta, writer, director and producer of Siddharth

Richie Mehta, writer and director of Siddharth

There are still some really promising films to be seen today and tomorrow, December 8th, is the closing night of the festival with The Good Road, India’s foreign language entry to the Academy Awards.

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