Disney India's 'Zokkoman' Closing Indian Film Fest of L.A.

Festival runs April 12-17 at the Arclight theaters in Hollywood.

NEW DELHI -- The world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures India's live action debut Zokkomon will close the 9th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) on April 17. Written and directed by Satyajit Bhatkal, Zokkomon is described as an "adventure of an ordinary boy who finds the strength to face extraordinary challenges."

The film will see a limited theatrical release in the U.S. in April 22, and stars child actor Darsheel Safary along with veteran actors Anupam Kher and Manjiri Phadnis.

The festival opens on April 12 with director Nila Madhab Panda's I Am Kalam, the story of a young boy who struggles to get an education over seemingly insurmountable odds. The film is partly inspired by India's former President Abdul J Kalam.

IFFLA's lineup includes 13 feature films, 6 documentaries and 13 short films which will be screened at the ArcLight in Hollywood.

"We are extremely proud of this year's program. This year's selections were selected not only for their great storytelling, but because each reflects the creativity, color, pace and surprises that truly represent Indian culture and cinema," said IFFLA executive director Christina Marouda.

IFFLA will also see U.S. premieres of feature films such as An Unfinished Letter (Iti Mrinalini) from director and star Aparna Sen, Virgin Goat (Laadli Laila) directed by IFFLA alumnus Murali Nair and writer/director Anurag Kashyap's That Girl In Yellow Boots.

IFFLA's Bollywood By Night series will screen three popular titles including Kiran Rao's directorial debut Mumbai Diaries (Dhobi Ghat) starring her husband Aamir Khan, romantic comedy and runaway musical hit Band Bajaa Baaraat starring up-and-coming actress Anushka Sharma and blockbuster sci-fi fantasy hit caper Robot from director S. Shankar.

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