Opening night to be a Star Studded Soiree

The Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF) announces their opening night program, which is to be held October 1st 2010 at the magnificent Chicago Cultural Center. The evening promises to be a night to remember, where glamour and elegance will meet art and culture. Star-gazers will be in for a treat as several celebrated filmmakers and actors will attend the red carpet ceremony starting at 5:30pm.


Acclaimed art-house actor-turned-director Deepti Naval will walk the carpet for the Chicago Premiere of her ‘Two Paise for Sunshine Four Aanas for Rain’. The film, about a struggling gay lyricist, an ageing prostitute and her physically challenged 12-year-old son, opens the festival at 7pm at the Claudia Cassidy Theater. Celebrated Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala and award winning actor Rajit Kapur, who star in the film, are attending and will join Deepti for Q&A after the screening.


Another legend to grace the evening will be Aparna Sen, the director of the Japanese Wife. “(I’m) Excited, honored, privileged!” says Aparna about attending the inaugural festival.


Among others expected to show up are actor Ajay Naidu in his directorial debut of Ashes, award winning actress of Sardari Begum- Rajeshwari Sachdev, Raspberry Magic actors Ravi Kapoor & Keya Shah, and many more.


“Chicago doesn’t have many red carpet affairs like this and to be able to host such prominent filmmakers and artists from the South Asian film world is truly an honor. Opening night will celebrate the diaspora’s richness in the form of film, food and folk.” says Festival Director Amit Rana.


The evening’s festivities will conclude with an exclusive gala at the lavish Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall in the north wing of the Cultural Center where distinguished guests from across industries will toast to the richness of South Asian Cinema. Tantalizing hors d-oeuvres along with other refreshments will be served by Entertaining Company.


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