Closing Night 2019, The Last Color (Feature Film), Aapke Aa Jane Se (Short Film)


Sunday, Sept 22nd, 2019

4:00 PM

Short: Aapke Aa Jane Se, 18 min, (Hindi)Indian flag

Feature: The Last Color, 90 min, (Hindi)Indian flag

Post Screening Discussion with Actor Neena Gupta and Director Vikas Khanna

Panel Discussion on Women Empowerment and Issues in South Asian Countries
Panelists: Immigration Attorney Sheela Murthy, Professor Genevieve E Carminati, Dr. Nadia Hashmi, Actor Neena Gupta, Dr. Manjula Luthria

7:30 PM
Theater Arts Arena
Theater Arts Arena
Q&A with Chef Vikas Khanna
Theater Arts Arena


  • Bhangra Performance (Frederick Team: Rajiv Paul, Ram Randad, Dhananjay Kumar, Bharat Deolekar, Subramanya Rao)
  • Indian Fusion Dance (Umiverse Dance Company)
  • DJ and Dhol
Theater Arts Arena

Closing Film: The Last Color
About the Film

The film is the screen adaptation of Chef Vikas Khanna’s novel The Last Color, which follows the friendship between a young tight-rope walker and a widow named Noor in Vrindavan. The duo yearns to play with colours on the occasion of Holi, but Noor and the other widows are held back by tradition.

Screened at 71st Cannes Film Festival and at the UN July 2019 

Post Screening Discussion with Actor Neena Gupta and Director Vikas Khanna

Cast: Neena Gupta, Rajeswar Khanna, Aslam Shekh, Aqsa Siddique

Director: Vikas Khanna

Vikas Khanna is an Indian Chef, restaurateur, cookbook writer, filmmaker and humanitarian. He is one of the judges of Star Plus series MasterChef India. He is based in New York City. Khanna had worked at Salaam Bombay and The Café at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York before he joined Junoon, an upscale Indian restaurant in Flatiron district of Manhattan. Junoon received a favorable review from Sam Sifton in The New York Times in its inaugural year and has been awarded a Michelin star by the Michelin Guide for 6 consecutive years since 2011. He has also worked with some of the most influential and award-winning chefs of the world like Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert, Bobby Flay and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Khanna has produced a documentary series named Holy Kitchens, which explores the bond between faith and food. The series has been showcased at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Oxford Universities and Film Festivals. His documentary “Kitchens of Gratitude” was featured at Marche du Film at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. His directorial debut ‘The Last Color’ is a film about the daily struggles for survival on the streets of the ancient city of Banaras, India. The teaser of the film featuring veteran Indian actress Neena Gupta was released at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

Runtime: 90 minutes

Language: Hindi (English subtitles)

Genre: Drama

Country: India

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 Short Film: Aapke Aa Jane Se

About the Film

An under-appreciated, slightly emasculated father of two is going through the general humdrum of middle class Indian life. Until one day, in front of many, he is unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, making everyone around see him like never before.

Screened at NYIFF 2019

Cast: Manu Rishi Chadda, Sunita Shyamsunder, Shloak Bhardwaj, Himani Soni, Mahesh Sharma, Lokesh Mittal

Director: Shiladitya Bora

A director, producer and distributor, Shiladitya started his film journey by conceptualizing and setting up PVR Director’s Rare, the limited release banner of PVR Cinemas, India’s largest cinema company. He served as the first CEO of award-winning indie studio Drishyam Films and was instrumental in green-lighting Newton, India’s official entry to the 90th Academy Awards in 2018. Backed by over a decade of solid industry experience and an undying passion for the movies, Shiladitya is now spearheading Platoon One Films aiming to provide a class act in film production, marketing, distribution & syndication. His maiden independent production ‘Your Truly’ premiered at the Busan International Film Festival 2018 and was acquired by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd for worldwide distribution.

Runtime: 18 minutes

Language: Hindi

Genre: Drama

Country: India

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