Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta's Preity Zinta-starrer Heaven on Earth
, which touches the issues of immigration, isolation and power of imagination will open an annual film festival of Indian and diaspora films here.
The film, which was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, will feature at this year's Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival of Indian Independent and Diaspora Films on November 5, where it will be screened at the Lincoln Center Jazz.
The 106-minute film in Punjabi and English revolves around Chand (Zinta), who travels from India to Canada to marry Rocky (Vansh Bhardwaj), a man she has never met.
Her dream of a new life morphs into a nightmare as marriage to Rocky and his family becomes a numbing spiral of confusion and pain.
Chand finds hope in her friendship with Rosa (Yanna McIntosh), a street-smart woman from Jamaica who works with her at a laundry factory.
Rosa gives Chand a magical root and promises that it will make Rocky fall deeply in love with her. The experiment ends in a surreal parallel life that mirrors an Indian fable involving a King Cobra.
Besides, Little Zizou
, written and directed by Sooni Taraporevala, will be the closing film to be screened on November 9. The 101-minute film stars Boman Irani, Sohrab Ardeshir and Imaad Shah among others with John Abraham in a special appearance.Little Zizou
is a comedy for audiences of all ages and nationalities. It is the rambunctious and moving story of how two battling Mumbai families finally come to terms with each other.