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Umrao Jaan hits New York

November 1, 2006
The movie version of Jhumpa Lahiri's bestselling novel The Namesake will reach American cities only in March. November 1 is when some lucky people can see if the Mira Nair-directed film (left) is as moving and thought-provoking as the book.

The film will commence the sixth edition of the annual IAAC Film Festival in New York on Wednesday.

November 2 is when a privileged few hundred people see the much-discussed Umrao Jaan, and decide if the film directed by J P Dutta lives upto its hype. It is to be commercially released November 3.

The November 1-5 festival, organized by the Indo-American Arts Council, has, in a short time, become the most successful event of its kind in North America. Films shown here are invited to many festivals across Canada and America.

"We surely must be doing the right things," mused Aroon Shivdasani, the founder of IAAC, "Otherwise why would eminent filmmakers like Deepa Mehta (whose Water was screened first by IAAC much before its American release) and Mira Nair support us wholeheartedly?"

Text: Arthur J Pais | Design: Reuben

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