Avinash Arun’s Three of US wins big at the 2023 New York Indian Film Festival


NYIFF Executive Team with the NYIFF Filmmakers on the stage at the event

NYIFF announces awards recognizing films, including Saudi Vellaka, Follower and Birha

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New York

New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), North America’s oldest and most prestigious festival which features cinema from the global Indian community announced it’s 2023 winners at a star studded event at the SVA theatre in New York City on Sunday May 14. Director Avinash Arun of Pataal Lok fame captured top honors for his film Three of Us winning Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress awards for the leads, Jaideep Ahlawat and Shefali Shah respectively.

“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. This year, our aim was to reinforce the impact of Indian cinema on the global platform by bringing authentic storytelling reflecting the Indian experience.” said Dr. Nirmal Mattoo, Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) Chairman.

Aseem Chhabra, Festival Director of NYIFF 2023, added, “I am delighted to announce that this year’s event has been very successful. A number of our screenings where completely sold out in our biggest theaters offering audiences a memorable experience. Not only did they get the opportunity to mingle with renowned celebrities such as Manoj and Sharmila, but they also engaged with numerous talented young filmmakers. It is with immense joy that we acknowledge an important milestone when a Malayalam film received the prestigious Best Film award at NYIFF. The selections made by our esteemed jury truly reflect the vast breadth and diversity of Indian cinema.”

Suman Gollamudi, Executive Director, added, “Our closing event was truly a testament to the New York connunity gathering together to celebrate Indian cinema. It is heartening to see all the positive messages streaming in and witness the incredible support we received from audiences and industry professionals alike.”added Suman Gollamudi, IAAC Executive Director. “It was personally a poignant and special moment to show a story centered around the relationship between a mother and her daughter on Mother’s Day”

The 23rd Annual NYIFF Award Winners

Best Film: Saudi Vellakka

From Left to Right: NYIFF Curator Lakshmi Ramanathan, Consulate General of India in New York, Randhir Jaiswal

Best Director: Avinash Arun Dhaware (Three of Us)

From Left to Right:  Film Dir. Avinash Arun Dhaware and Raj Ramachandran EVP, HCL
From Left to Right:  Film Dire. Avinash Arun Dhaware and Actor Swanand Kirkire

Best Actress: Shefali Shah (Three of Us)

From Left to Right: Actor Swanand Kirkire accepts the award on behalf of Shefali Shah, from Actor Manoj Bajpayee 

Best Actor : Jaideep Ahlawat (Three of Us)

From Left to Right:  Film Dir. Avinash Arun Dhaware accepts the award be behalf of Jaideep Ahlawat, from Amit Bajaj, President North America, TCS 

Best Screenplay: Follower

From Left to Right: Dir. Harshad Nalawade, NYIFF Festival Dir. Aseem Chhabra, IAAC Executive Dir. Suman Gollamudi and Ravi Aurora, SVP, Mastercard

Best Documentary by a Woman Filmmaker awarded by NYWIFT to Dir. Leslie Shampaine – “CALL ME DANCER”

From Left to Right: Lauri Wirichs, Exec Producer, Call Me Dancer with Artist Manish Chauhan

Best Documentary (Short & Feature): To Kill a Tiger

To Kill a Tiger, Dir. Nisha Pahuja

Best Short (Narrative): Birha

Ghalib Datta, producer Birha
L to R: Manoj Bajpayee with Sharmila Tagore
L to R: Actor Suraj Sharma, Vice Exec Producer Falguni Lakhani Adams, Cinetic Media Exec Rupeshi Shah, BoxOfficeGuru Founder Gitesh Pandya
IAAC Vice Chairman Rakesh Kaul speaking at the closing night event
L to R: Dharti Desai and actor Radhika Madan
Actress Radhika Madan
Actor Manoj Bajpayee
L to R: Actor Suraj Sharma with a guest
L to R: Manish Chauhan, Riya Kapoor, Jay Sean, Jaishri Kapoor, Suman Gollamudi, Leslie Shampaine

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