Sreelekha Mitra has won the Best Actress award for ‘Once Upon a Time in Calcutta’ in this year’s New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) which celebrates India’s cinematic traditions as the country enters the 75th year of its Independence.
The other films that won accolades were a documentary on hockey Olympian Grahnandan Singh, a film that explores a young woman’s complex relationship with her father, and a documentary about young girls standing up against child marriage and learning football.
About 60 films, features, and documentaries were showcased at the 2022 New York Indian Film Festival, considered North America’s oldest and most prestigious festival that ran from May 7-14 and featured cinema from India and the Indian Diaspora.
Presented virtually for the third year in a row, the festival, presented by the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), featured 60 screenings including 18 feature narratives, six documentaries, and 36 short films.
The NYIFF 2022 winners included ‘Shoebox’, adjudged Best Film, Aditya Vikram Sengupta won the Best Director award for ‘Once Upon a Time in Calcutta’, Best Screenplay award went to ‘Powai’, Jitendra Joshi won the Best Actor award for ‘Godavari’, and Sreelekha Mitra won the Best Actress award for ‘Once Upon a Time in Calcutta’. The Best Child Actor(s) award went to Reyaan Shah and Hirnaya Zinzuwadia for ‘Gandhi & Co’.
Consul General of India in New York Randhir Jaiswal presented the awards to the festival’s winners.