First Annual Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards (OIFFA): Opening and closing nights will have special Bollywood screenings

HARAAMKHOR, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and directed by Shlok Sharma, will have its Canadian premiere as the opening night film at the Ottawa Indian Film Festival (OIFFA).

Nagesh Kukunoor’s award-winning Dhanak (Rainbow) will close the festival with its Canadian premiere.

Sharma and Kukunoor will be in attendance along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

A special Bollywood screening from the stable of Yash Raj Films, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar, My Big Fat Bride (Dum Lagake Hai Sha), will launch the festival.

A special Bollywood screening will launch the festival on July 22: the Canadian premiere of Yash Raj Film’s My Big Fat Bride (Dum Laga Ke Haisha), directed by Sharat Katariya and starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar. Both stars will be present.

Tickets to the Live Concert and Awards’ Night are now available at The Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards is hosting its first edition from July 22 to 25 at the Cineplex, Coliseum and National Arts Centre.

Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Gangs of Wasseypur, The Lunchbox, Miss. Lovely) in a masterful performance as a teacher having an illicit affair with one of his students, Haraamkhor, explores innocent young love that is put on a collision course with the messy reality of budding adulthood.

The Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards is sponsored by Kalp. The main partner is Ottawa Tourism, along with Delta Ottawa City Center and Cineplex.

“OIFFA is devoted to cultivating an audience for South Asian cinema and culture. It will showcase films, support filmmakers, recognize various performers and business executives, and promote the diverse perspectives of the South Asian diaspora. Ottawa is a city of celebration, immersed in culture with a multicultural vibe and we hope to bring a cultural revolution with the launch of the festival here,” said Festival Founder and Director Inderpreet Singh.

“We’re thrilled to kick off our 1st edition with the Canadian premiere of Haraamkhor and Dhanak as opening night and closing night films,” said Festival Programming Director Apoorva Bakshi. She calls ‘Haraamkhor’ “a coming of age feature which is remarkable on many fronts not least it’s riveting script and direction, but also gripping performances by Nawaz and Shweta.” She further spoke about Dhanak as “a fresh pick from his award-winning premiere at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival and IFFLA. Nagesh Kukunoor arrives at OIFFA with Dhanak. The gorgeous tale of a brother and sister who embark on a journey across Rajasthan in an attempt to meet the great Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, Dhanak is filled with colour, magic and music in a celebration of childhood and family.”


THE 1st Annual Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards will be at Cineplex, Coliseum Ottawa, Delta Ottawa City Centre and the National Arts Centre – July 22-25.

Launching in 2015, the Ottawa Indian Film Festival is an organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

The four-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting-edge global South Asian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and South Asia. The festival will showcase more than 15 films from the South Asian filmmaking community across the globe, host the highly anticipated lunch, opening and closing red carpet screenings and the closing awards ceremony. This year will feature the wildly popular “Bollywood Special,” gala, live music concert, and dance performances.

Ticket for Live Concert and Award night are now on sale at

For film screenings, workshop, gala night and other events, tickets will go on sale at on June 25.

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