12 AUGUST, 2011
3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Houston Promises Stellar Line-up of Movies, Celebrities

The independent film, I Am Kalam, that is earning critical acclaim at festivals worldwide as an inspirational masterpiece, will be the opening night feature presentation when the Indian Film Festival of Houston (IFFH) kicks off its third consecutive fest on September 20. The movie that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit is one of twelve diligently selected films that will screen over four days at the Studio Movie Grill at Town and Country Boulevard, the official theatre for the festival. An estimated 3,000 guests are expected to attend the various screenings of feature films, shorts and documentaries that … Read More

24 SEPTEMBER, 2011
Article – Indian Film Festival of Houston – by Louis B. Parks

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24 SEPTEMBER, 2011
CultureMap Houston – 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Houston – Article

The Indian Film Festival of Houston aims to create a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing quality films that honor entertainment industry performers and film makers while promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora through this annual event. Read More

21 SEPTEMBER, 2011
Culture Map Houston – Opening Night | 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Houston

After two successful years, the annual Indian Film Festival Houston returned Tuesday night, kicking off five evenings of contemporary Indian cinema at the CityCentre Studio Movie Grill in west Houston.
Like all good film festivals, IFFH opened with a party. Before the first screening, over 100 attendees gathered on a green plaza a block from the theater, enjoying food from South Asian restaurant Moghul’s and wine from The Tasting Room. A DJ mixed a combination of Indian dance music with American staples like the Black Eye Peas. Guests wore everthing from jeans and shorts to suits and saris. Read More

23 SEPTEMBER, 2011
3rd Annual Indian Film Festival Houston Opens with Celebratory Bash at T&C

HOUSTON: A balmy breeze, a perfect location with convivial atmosphere, diverse music and Bollywood dances, delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine, and a vibrantly eclectic gathering, it was a fun, happening, opening night for the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival Houston (IFFH). Held at the heart of the chic Town and Country City Center on September 20, 2011, the open-air event drew about 100 gatherees who met and mingled, and later walked over to view the opening night film, I Am Kalam, at the Studio Movie Grill a block away. The film, directed by Nila Madhab Panda, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 and has amassed a global cult following with its themes of poverty, societal inequality, and the celebration of triumph beyond adversity. The festival runs from September 20th – 24th with screenings of jury-selected movies, film shorts, and documentaries, followed by question/answer opportunities with the film directors. The festival culminates with a constellation-worthy celebrity cocktail reception and awards night at the Hotel Sorella on Saturday, September 24. Read More

30 SEPTEMBER, 2011
3rd Indian Film Festival Honors Bollywood’s Bad Boy Gulshan Grover

Bollywood’s popular villain Gulshan Grover won kudos for his comedic role in the independently made comedy/drama movie Desperate Endeavors at the 3rd Indian Film Festival Houston (IFFH) Award Night banquet held at the Hotel Sorella on September 24, 2011. The actor, who was the star at the event that drew about 150 gatherees from this city’s diverse local communities, received the Special Recognition for Outstanding Performance Award for his character Dada Bhagwan, a spiritual advisor who offers farcical succor to an Indian immigrant in New York City in the 1973’s; the film along with another Grover starrer I Am Kalam, were two of nine movies that were screened over three days at the festival this year. Also in attendance was Desperate Endeavors’ French-Algerian director Sam Khassa, and Prashant Nair, director of Delhi in a Day that bagged the Best Feature Film Jury Award. Read More