Filmmaker Dakxin Chhara’s upcoming film Sameer is all set to make its World Premiere at the prestigious New York Indian Film Festival to be held on May 6, 2017.
Sameer features a stellar cast comprised of Zeeshan Ayub (of Raanjhana, Raees fame), Anjali Patil (of Mirzya, Newton fame) and Subrat Dutta (Talaash). Back in 2008, filmmaker Dakxin Chhara set out with a camera to capture the devastating scene of the series of 21 bomb blasts that had shaken the city of Ahmedabad. That particular incident and meeting the victims made him take the decision to bring this important story on screen.
Starting the film's journey at NYIFF, Dakxin Chhara, the director of Sameer says “In this day and age, it is a sad fact that terrorist attacks have become a part of our daily lives. Sameer is a powerful story about the brutal reality of our times, a gripping tale of how terror can take over the lives of ordinary citizens. We are thrilled to have our world premiere in New York with this special film, and plan to bring it to our audiences at home soon after.”
The film was recently in the news as it was on the receiving end of one of Indian Censor Board's more bizarre decisions. The line “Ek mann ki baat kahoon? Tum character accha bana lete ho!” was scrapped from the movie because it includes ‘mann ki baat’ which is also the title of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio show.
Sameer, presented by Nomad Movies Pvt Ltd, is slated for its theatrical release across India in July 2017. Synopsis: After a young and innocent Muslim engineering student is taken into custody by the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), he is forced to help the ATS in their mission to find his own roommate Yasin, the mastermind behind the Hyderabad and Bengaluru blasts, before he strikes again in Ahmedabad.
About NYIFF: The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is an annual film festival that takes place in New York City, and screens films relating to India, the Indian Diaspora, and the work of Indian filmmakers. The festival began in November 2001 and was founded by Aroon Shivdasani and the Indo-American Arts Council. About 40 films are screened, including features films, shorts, documentaries, and animated films.