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Chote Nawab, a quirky, coming-of-age story wins The Best Feature Film award at The Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati!

‘Chote Nawab,’ a slice-of-life film is winning over the festival circuit even before its release. It was showcased at The Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati which ended on November 1 and went on to win the 2020 award for Best Feature Film. For producers Yoodlee Films, the award has come as an early Diwali gift.

The film stars  Akshay Oberoi (Gurgaon, Kaalakaandi), Plabita Borthakur (Lipstick Under My Burkha), and Svar Kamble (Chef) and traces the story of UK-based,  13-year-old Junaid, who visits his ancestral Nawabi haveli in Lucknow. The rush of colliding experiences at a family wedding and a brush with love and heartbreak that leaves a lasting impact on his psyche - take the viewers on a roller-coaster ride along with him. How he begins to notice patriarchal patterns and begins to question and defy them makes up for the rest of the narrative. 

About the director:  Kumud Chaudhary is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and National Film Award-winning producer (Golden Lotus 2000, for 'Laado').  Choudhary also scripted the critically acclaimed 2003 film, ‘Dhoop' which was a story about a Kargil martyr’s grieving family. She has co-written ‘Chhote Nawab’ with Arshad Abbas Jaferi.

She said, “I am thrilled that the film was watched and appreciated by a diverse audience including the Indian diaspora at the festival. ‘Chote Nawab’ is about the friction between tradition and change and is a story that is universal in its reach and appeal. I am glad it is bringing home a prestigious award." 

The producers, Yoodlee Films are no strangers to accolades, having produced clutter-breaking films like Ajji, Axone, Music Teacher, Kanpuriye, Nobleman, Hamid, Chaman Bahaar, and counting.  Siddharth Anand Kumar, Vice-President, Films and Events, Saregama, India expressed joy that the film is a winner and said, “This film has something important to say about toxic masculinity and patriarchy within family units. That the interconnected themes have struck a chord in such a big way, makes us feel good about choosing such unique stories. This has always been the hallmark of Yoodlee Films - something we pride ourselves with. 

About the festival: The Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati is the only event of its kind in Ohio. The festival is organized and hosted by the India Cincinnati Sister cities in collaboration with the Art Museum. It screens premieres of feature, documentary and short films made in and about the South Asian subcontinent or its people. 

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