World Premiere of Megha Ramaswamy’s THE ODDS will close the festival on April 14, with cast members in attendance for gala event
TV panel participants and screening of award winning documentary REASON also confirmed
Following the recent announcement of their 2019 lineup including an April 11 opening night gala event honoring legendary Indian actress Tabu paired with a screening of her latest film ANDHADHUN, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced that director Megha Ramaswamy’s THE ODDS would close out the festival on April 14.
THE ODDS, a FilmKaravan Original is a coming-of-age tale about two teens who skip school on an important exam day and go on a fantastical journey through Mumbai. THE ODDS features supporting turns from Abhay Deol (Dev D) and Priyanka Bose (Lion) and special appearance by Monica Dogra, all of whom are expected to attend the Gala along with Ramaswamy and co-leads Yashaswini Dayama and Karanvir Malhotra.
Both the Opening and Closing Gala presentations will take place at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills with dinner receptions to follow hosted by Indian restaurant Spice Affair.
IFFLA has also confirmed veteran director Anand Patwardhan’s acclaimed documentary REASON, an urgent and thorough exploration of Indian society and the country’s slide away from secular democracy. REASON premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, won the grand jury prize at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and recently had its US premiere at the True/False Film Festival.
This year the festival will also host a moderated panel featuring successful South Asian professionals working across various fields in the television industry. The panel, to be held at the Regal L.A. Live theaters on Saturday, April 13, boasts a lineup that includes actor/comedian Nik Dodani (Murphy Brown, Netflix’s Atypical), director Meera Menon (The Walking Dead, GLOW, The Magicians), writer Fawzia Mirza (CBS’ upcoming The Red Line), writer Chitra Sampath (Good Behavior, Southland), writer and co-creator of Fox’s The Resident Roshan Sethi, and actor Dhruv Uday Singh (Freeform’s Good Trouble, CBS pilot Pandas of New York). This program is presented with support from the India Center Foundation and SAG AFTRA.
Complete IFFLA 2019 details are available online at www.indianfilmfestival.org.
Now in its 17th year, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.
The four-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting-edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival will showcase nearly 25 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, host the highly anticipated Opening and Closing red carpet Galas, and the Closing Awards ceremony.