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Bombay Summer rules New York film fest

entertainment Updated: Nov 21, 2009 20:11 IST

Bombay Summer, which explores the fleeting and delicate friendship among three young people, won top three awards including best film and best director at the MIAAC Film Festival here in which Deepti Naval also bagged an honour.

Joseph Mathew-Varghese was adjudged the best director and Tannishtha Chatterjee the best actress for her role in "Bombay Summer", which, set in contemporary India, subtly mirrors the turmoil within tradition-bound Indian society as it copes with change and rapid modernisation.

Naval won the best screenplay award for her directorial debut "Two Paise for Sunshine, Four Annas for Rain", an atmospheric ode to Bollywood musicals with Manisha Koirala in an unusual love affair with a gay man. Aasif Mandvi was named best actor for his role in "Today's Special", the festival's opening film that is a comedy set in New York City.

"Good Night" by Geetika Narang won the best short film award while the best documentary film prize went to "The Salt Stories" by Lalit Vachani.

The festival, which ran from November 11-15, saw the screening of 47 films which spotlighted the established and emerging Indian independent filmmakers.

Celebrities like Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Rahul Bose, Sanjay Suri, Mira Nair, Shyam Benegal and Manisha Koirala attended the closing function which saw the US premiere of Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's "The Endless Wait (Antaheen)".