Developed to promote South Asian culture throughout the Chicago area and Midwest, by showcasing filmmakers of South Asian descent as well as films that represent the perspective of the diaspora, the first Chicago South Asian Film Festival will run October 1-3, 2010. Over the three days the festival will showcase sixteen independent features, shorts, and documentaries made by acclaimed South Asian filmmakers from around the world. Many of the directors and stars of the films being presented will be there to walk the red carpet and some will take part in Q&A’s : Deepti Naval, Manisha Koirala, Rajit Kapur, Aparna Sen, Ajay Naidu, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Umakanth Thumrugoti, Baljit Sangra, Ravi Kapoor, Ann Feldman, Bornila Chatterjee and Sandeep Sharma.
The highlight of the festival is Opening Night on Friday October 1, 2010. The opening night film is Deepti Naval’s Two Paise for Sunshine Four Aanas for Rain, starring Manisha Koirala, Rajit Kapoor, and Sanaj Naval.