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Thursday, September 20


Red Carpet

The celebrities, filmmakers, artists, and industry leaders walk the red carpet at the 3rd Annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival! Come check out the glitz and glamor!

Thursday September 20, 2012 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago


Opening Night Film - Heroine

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar

Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal

India | 150mins | 2012 | US Premiere

Synopsis: Heroine movie revolves around a character who is a superstar heroine from Hindi Film Industry "Bollywood". The film is a delightful, bold, shocking, scandalous, sensitive exposing scenes behind the glitz and glamour that our film stars reside. The movie will take the audience on a journey to see what goes behind the closed doors of make up rooms and vanity vans. Heroine will reveal the fake smiles and politically correct quotes, the secrets and the lies, the incredible highs of fame & the lonely depths of failure.

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Farooq Shaikh

Farooq Sheikh is an Indian actor, philanthropist and a popular television presenter. He is best known for his films during the 1970s and 1980s. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema. His first major film role was in the 1973 film Garam Hawa. He... Read More →
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Lillete Dubey

Lillete Dubey is an acclaimed Indian actress of Theatre, Film and Television. She started her acting career on stage at the age of 18, under the mentorship of the famous theatre Guru Barry John. As an actress Ms Dubey has played the lead in over 60 productions on stage over... Read More →

Thursday September 20, 2012 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago


Opening Night Reception

Created by famed restaurant designer Jerry Kleiner, the Showplace Icon's Lobby Lounge is truly a stylish venue for this year's exclusive Opening Night Reception.

Enjoy tantalizing hors d'oeuvres along with alcoholic beverages and other refreshments as you network in style with a crowd of prominent guests, artists, and fellow film aficionados.

Admission to Opening Night Reception is included in Opening Night (VIP) passes and Festival Passes.



Thursday September 20, 2012 10:00pm - 12:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago
Friday, September 21


Entertainment Law Panel

Motion pictures and television programs are produced by and distributed through the collaboration of many individuals and the typical film or television programs requires a knowledge of legal principles from a variety of legal areas such as corporate, securities, contract, intellectual property, state statutory and common law, tort, labor and employment and federal and state tax.  There are a variety of business forms and practices that are unique to entertainment. 

Robert Labate, one of Chicago's leading entertainment lawyers, Daniel Farris, and Carmelita Tiu will walk through the "Arc of Production" covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to Arc of Production
  • Copyright Act
  • Fair use on Copyright 
  • Introduction to film financing 
  • Production Issues - Writing and Talent - Part 1
  • Production Issues - Crew, Locations, other agreements
  • Delivery and distribution for film, TV and Internet

This course will count as CLE credit for lawyers. It is also geared towards independent film-makers looking to understand some of the legal aspects of film-making.

Reserve your seats using the BUY button below or visit www.csaff.org/tickets.

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Daniel L. Farris

Associate, Holland & Knight
Daniel Farris is an associate in Holland & Knight's Litigation Group. Mr. Farris concentrates his litigation and transactional practice in the areas of intellectual property, technology and corporate law. As a former software engineer and network administrator, Mr. Farris has an... Read More →
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Robert Labate

Partner, Holland & Knight
Robert J. Labate is a corporate restructuring and bankruptcy attorney who is widely recognized for his transactional media work in film and television. Mr. Labate is the co-chair of the Chicago office Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, and he is an adjunct faculty member at... Read More →
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Carmelita Tiu

Corporate Counsel, VSA Partners Inc.
Carmelita Tiu (“Cat”) is Corporate Counsel for VSA Partners, Inc., an independent design, branding and advertising collective. In this role, she provides legal counsel regarding the various legal issues that confront creative organizations, including the creation, protection... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago


Shorts Session A - Raju, The New Brit, Fatakra, Doggoned, Adrak


Director: Max Zahle

Synopsis: A German couple adopts in Kolkata an Indian orphan. Their child suddenly disappears and they realize that they are part of the problem. Raju was nominated for an Academy Award in Short Film (Live Action).

The New Brit

Director: David Krissman

Synopsis: A Pakistani Brit refuses to settle for anything less than his dream of one day becoming a broadcast journalist. Getting there will require him to stand up to his father, take risks, and face London's racial undertones.


Director: Soham Mehta

Synopsis: Naveen left India to chase his dreams in America. Three years and a recession later, his wife and son finally join him. FATAKRA ("Firecracker") tells the story of the sparks that fly on their first day together as dreams collide with reality


Director: Arshad Khan

Synopsis: Living in the beautiful city of Montreal, Maria seems to have it all: a degree, an exciting job opportunity and good looks. However, when she receives a letter in the mail telling her that she can no longer work legally in the country, her dreams of settling down are shattered. Maria takes a mediocre cash job as a dog sitter for a pair of eccentric men. When the dog dies unexpectedly, Maria is forced to set out on the road to dispose of the animal’s remains. Doggoned is a visually captivating comedy about the trials and tribulations of a young international student trying to navigate a national landscape that she can never truly be a part of.


Director: Sahirr Sethhi

Synopsis: An Instant Photographer at Gateway of India (Mumbai) is drawn by the sudden urge to photograph a stranger. She doesn’t speak his language. They are worlds apart.


Friday September 21, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago


Rat Race & Road to Peshawar

Rat Race

Director: Miriam Chandy

India | 70mins | 2011 | Chicago Premiere

Synopsis: The Rat Race documents a story that unravels every night as the rest of the city sleeps. Men hired by the municipal corporation who set out with torches and sticks to bring back the bodies of 30 rats to earn a daily wage. Counted every morning by Parsi Superviser Behram Harda who likens himself to James Bond because he too has a `license to kill’ this is a film that is disturbing and yet crackles with a dark sense of humour. The Rat Race captivated an international jury in Cannes in 2010 then had 3 sold out shows in Amsterdam where it premiered at IDFA, one of the biggest documentary festivals.

Road to Peshawar

Director: Hammad Rizvi

USA | 19mins | 2011 | World Premiere

Synopsis: Soviet-Afghan War 1988. An injured Afghan girl is taken to Pakistan by her father to seek medical attention. The journey is interrupted after they come across a minefield, consequently involving a homesick Soviet sniper.

Friday September 21, 2012 3:45pm - 5:30pm
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago


Immigration options in the U.S. for artists and entertainers
Tejas Shah from KB&A Law will be discussing immigration options for artists and entertainers wishing to work and perform in the U.S. Free Admission


Friday September 21, 2012 8:45pm - 9:15pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago


Delhi In A Day

Director: Prashant Nair

Cast: Victor BanerjeeVidya Bhushan and Lillete Dubey

India | 88 mins | 2011 | Chicago Premiere

Synopsis: When the money of an idealistic British traveler disappears in a nouveau-riche Delhi household, the staff are given twenty-four hours to replace it or face the consequences. Delhi In A Day is a darkly comedic portrayal of upper-class Delhi society, examining how the haves and the have-nots coexist in the context of the contemporary nouveau-riche Delhi home.



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Lillete Dubey

Lillete Dubey is an acclaimed Indian actress of Theatre, Film and Television. She started her acting career on stage at the age of 18, under the mentorship of the famous theatre Guru Barry John. As an actress Ms Dubey has played the lead in over 60 productions on stage over... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2012 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago


'Time to Disco' After Party

You're invited to this fall's hotest party - the official CSAFF after-party!

DJ Naveen spins Retro and Current Bollywood Hits, House, & Top 40 all night. Bottle specials available. Dress in Desi and/or Disco Attire for FREE ENTRY ALL NIGHT.

All Festival attendees get complimentary admission to the after party. Just present your festival ticket/pass at the door.

Friday September 21, 2012 10:00pm - 2:00am
Bevy 215 West Ontario Street Chicago, IL 60654
Saturday, September 22


Abu Son of Adam

Director: Salim Ahamed

Cast: Salim KumarZarina Wahab

India | 101mins | 2011 | Chicago Premiere

Synopsis: Abu and Aisumma are an aging Muslim couple. Their aspiration is to go for Hajj and they make many sacrifices to achieve this aim. Now in their late 70s, they decide that they will go for Hajj that year. Abu, being a true Muslim, wants to go for Hajj only according to all diktats of Islam. Good-natured people try to help him by loaning the amount, but since this is against the accepted practices of the religion, he refuses to take them. Finally, they are not able to go. On the dawn of the Hajj, Abu tells his wife that they will go the next year. He goes to the mosque to pray on the Hajj morning. This film was India's submission to the Academy Awards in 2011.

Saturday September 22, 2012 11:30am - 1:30am
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago


A Decent Arrangement

Director: Sarovar Banka 

Cast: Shabana AzmiDiksha Basu and Adam Laupus

USA | 96mins | 2011 | Chicago Premiere

Synopsis: Story of Ashok Khosla, an Indian-American copywriter, who travels to India for an arranged marriage. After he encounters an American woman traveling through India and is set up with an Indian woman who unexpectedly captivates him, Ashok must navigate the complexity of cultural traditions and the leanings of his own heart. With subtle comedy and true-to-life drama, A Decent Arrangement shows us a side of India not commonly seen by western audiences and delivers an emotional story that resonates with those of us in search of our place in the world.



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Sarovar Banka

Sarovar Banka (THE MORAL IMPLICATIONS OF TIME TRAVEL) is a recent graduate of Brown University where his first play was workshop produced and his most recent work, THE MORAL IMPLICATIONS OF TIME TRAVEL, was awarded the 2002 Weston prize for best undergraduate play. He has also been... Read More →

Saturday September 22, 2012 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago



Director: Sandesh Kulkarni

Cast: Girish KulkarniAmruta Subhash and Mohan Agashe 

India | 110 mins | 2012 | US Premiere

Synopsis:The Marathi film Masala depicts the story of of Revan and Sarika in their quest of finding livelihood. An entrepreneur at heart, Revan is forced to move from city to city as the number of creditors goes up. His attempts at different business endeavour’s fail one after the other. One such failure brings him and his loyal wife Sarika to a small town named ‘Solapur’ where he indulges himself in another business with his brother in law. No experiment can be termed as unsuccessful as it gives you a new teaching and truth at the end is Revan’s philosophy in life. With honest efforts, he strives to establish his identity. He sets out on a journey where he can do things happily and not for happiness.

Saturday September 22, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago


Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid

Director: Nila Madhab Panda

Cast: Tannishtha ChatterjeeParvin Dabas and Rajendra Gupta

India | 100mins | 2012 | US Premiere

Synopsis: A well-heeled family from New Delhi travels from the city through dusty roads that lead into the village in Haryana, far out and buried in the debris of the past. The story revolves around Shreya and Sam’s adventures and misadventures which turn this dull place bereft of water into a land of enchantment, mischief and a million exciting exploits. But unknown places have many secrets, and here too, secret lurk at every corner. Jalpari recently screened at the Marche Du Cannes of the Cannes Film Festival.

Saturday September 22, 2012 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago


Listen Amaya

Director: Avinash Kumar Singh

Cast: Farooq ShaikhViren Basoya and Deepti Naval

India | 108 mins | 2012 | World Premiere

Synopsis: Love Laughter and all that Jazz!



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Avinash Kumar Singh

Avinash Kumar Singh is one half of a filmmaker couple that helm their production company Turtle on a Hammock Films. Between his editor/director wife Geeta and him, they have directed upwards of thirty documentaries, a number of which are multiple award winning. “A Green Agony... Read More →
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Farooq Shaikh

Farooq Sheikh is an Indian actor, philanthropist and a popular television presenter. He is best known for his films during the 1970s and 1980s. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema. His first major film role was in the 1973 film Garam Hawa. He... Read More →

Saturday September 22, 2012 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago
Sunday, September 23



Director: Rajan Khosa

Cast: Jayanta DasHarshit and Ritika Malkan

India | 82mins | 2011

Synopsis: In a nation that is obsessed with flying kites, the story is set in a small town Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India, where a nine-year-old orphan, Gattu works in his uncle's garbage-recycling business. The blue skies above the town is dominated by a kite named 'Kali' with mysterious origins. Out of the many kids who dream to defeat Kali, Gattu is more determined. He does fail on number of occasions but one fine day, his will find a way. He discovers a local school having a roof that renders him some strategic advantage. Impersonating as a student, he sneaks into the school and must now pretend to study. The only problem - he can't read or write! The little street urchin takes up the challenge as when the desire is strong, dreams aren't impossible.

Sunday September 23, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago


Shorts Session B - Fowl Men, The 5, Reincarnation, My Lad, Girl & The Auto Rickshaw, The Last Marble

Fowl Men

Director: Aparna Pednekar

Synopsis: This film is an episode in the life a British photojournalist and an Indian guide who come to a village called Morachi Chincholi, to shoot the national bird; Chincholi is a natural habitat of peacocks. Soon enough, they find their ordinary lives spiraling into a bizarre, almost surreal sequence of events.Fowl Men is my personal microcosmic take on racism. I see the roots of racism as intense dissatisfaction with your own life, your frustrations and failures. Gerard Bond and Ravi Pandit, the white man and brown man, are united in their secret misery. This surreal moment and event gives them an opportunity to turn against each other ...incidentally helping each other escape the ordinariness of his life.

The Five

Director: Ravi Kapoor

Synopsis: Freely inspired by the ancient Hindu myth the Mahabharata, THE 5 imagines a family stuck in exile and mourning their mother’s death. Their release from this state of suspend animation will arrive only through a confrontation with the cousin that sent them into purgatory. It's time for a 'once-and-for-all!'


Director: Gaurav Bakshi

Synopsis: The film tells the story of Siddhartha, a common man, who’s in the news because he’s believed to be the reincarnation of ‘Mahatma Gandhi’. Sid constantly dreams that he’s Gandhiji reborn and before even he could acknowledge the same, news leaks out and others start believing he’s the new avatar of Gandhiji. Is Sid really Gandhi reborn or is he just hallucinating? What’s the truth? Why do people around him even believe him?

Girl and the Auto Rickshaw

Director: Sarwesh Mewara 

Synopsis: After denying an eunuch a ride, an auto rickshaw driver finds this rickshaw can only give rides to female passengers. What follows is a hilarious drive through the streets as he tries to uncover his rickshaw's mysterious tendencies while facing angry passengers. This film was made under the mentorship of Anurag Kashyap

My Lad

Director: Sami Khan

Synopsis: Outside a dingy launderette, Aziz shouts away some kids spraying graffiti on a wall. Inside, Abdul, unaware of the trouble, rests his weary head. Aziz comes to the door, trying to wake his friend, there’s something Abdul must do. Abdul wants to ignore the holdall that Aziz is leaving for him, he wants no part of the proceedings.Abdul tries to give the holdall back to Aziz, trying to escape his role - but every time he tries to walk away there is a reminder of why he cannot turn his back. Abdul tries to numb the pain but the time is approaching. In life there are some things that you can never change.

The Last Marble

Director: Manjari Makijany

Synopsis: Every child has the ability to create something beautiful. This story is about a nine year old street kid that makes things from metal scrap and junk. After his most precious marble creation is shattered by a bunch of street kids, he is left heartbroken with nothing but the remains of his work. Instead of giving up he takes on a little adventurous journey to remake his creation. When he puts together what he has, he realizes that to complete his work he needs the last piece of the creation, just one more marble. His determination and will to finish what he had started is so strong, that he leaves no stone unturned to find the last marble.

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Ravi Kapoor

Trained at the East 15 School of Acting in London, and has worked professionally as an actor since 1990 in both England and America. Ravi is best know for his series regular role as Mahesh "Bug” Murthy on NBC's Crossing Jordan, which lasted six seasons.Ravi attended the 2010 Chicago... Read More →

Sunday September 23, 2012 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago


Lessons in Forgetting

Director: Unni Vijayan

Cast: Adil HussainRoshni Achreja and Raghav Chanana 

India | 100mins | 2012 | US Premiere

Synopsis: The film revolves around Meera, a happy corporate wife and cookbook writer whose life turns upside down when her husband walks out on their marriage. Responsible for not just her children but her mother and grandmother and their old family home in Bangalore, Meera takes up a part-time job with a cyclone studies expert, who is dealing with his own traumatic past. The two narratives come together and, through a series of coincidences, the lives of Meera and her employer get intertwined in strange ways. Parallels are constantly drawn between life and the unpredictability of cyclones.


Sunday September 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago



Director: Amit Ashraf

Cast: Monir AhmadShahed Ali

Bangladesh | 98 mins | 2012 | Chicago Premiere

Synopsis: The crowded city of Dhaka is the perfect hiding place for cowardly men seeking to disappear. Babu, a dubious rickshawalla, has made it his life mission to find these runaways and return one of them - Akbar - back to his family. But Akbar is a man with powerful connections and a race against time begins as Babu tries to return him home before their pursuer catches up.


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Amit Ashraf

Amit Ashraf is a young Bengali-American film-maker who grew up in Philadelphia but spent many of his summers in Bangladesh where he draws a lot of his inspiration. He studied dramatic writing and film production at Tisch, New York University. He has been involved with creating a number... Read More →

Sunday September 23, 2012 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago


Shobhna's 7 Nights

Director: Sudipto Chattopadhyaya

Cast: Raveena Tandon, Rohit Roy

India | 2012 | World Premiere

Synopsis: The film centers around the evolution and the final resolution of an unusual love story. The two protagonists are Shobhna, a woman in her early forties who is a successful writer with a tragic past and Saahil, a young man in his late twenties who is still struggling to find his foothold as a film actor. They meet under very unusual circumstances ostensibly for sex for one night. What unfolds is a story that goes beyond the realm of the senses to eventual realisation of what true love means in life.


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Amit Purohit

Amit Purohit made his debut in the film 'Pankh' with Bipasha Basu. He stars alongside Raveena Tandon in 'Shobhna’s 7 Nights' playing at this year’s Festival.
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Raveena Tandon

Raveena Tandon is an Indian actress, producer, and a former model. She has primarily worked in Bollywood films, though she appeared in a few Tamil, Kannada and Telugu films as well. Tandon made her acting debut with Patthar Ke Phool (1991), and won a Filmfare Lux New Face Awa... Read More →

Sunday September 23, 2012 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago