October 1, 2010 India Post 27 www.indiapost.com South Asian Film Festival in Chicago Asian Media USA CHICAGO: South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF) Team headed by Ketki Parikh said here that they would host would the Festival - the first of its type event in Chicagoland - from October 1 to 3. The Festival will showcase 16 diverse independent films during the three-day gathering in the heart of downtown Chicago. The opening day will be a red carpet affair at the Chicago Cultural Center with Deepti Naval, Manisha Koirala, Rajit Kapoor, Aparna Sen, Ajay Naidu, Ravi Kapoor, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Meera Simhan, Umakanth Thumrugoti, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Baljit Sangra, Bornila Chatterjee, Reena Shah and Sandeep Sharma. The opening night movie is Deepti Naval's Two Paise for Sunshine Four Aanas for Rain. After the viewing, there will be an interactive session among attendees, filmmakers, and the remarkable artists. ability of cinema to transcend across all of humanity. He observed that the diverse line up offers something for everyone. Left to Right: Kaivan Dave (Marketing and Technology Director), Suhani Amin (PR Director), Kekti Parikh (Executive Director), Parveen Usman (Sponsorship Director), Mileen Patel (Programing Director) -(Pic courtesy Asian Media USA) Akshay wants ban on the word 'Retarded' The recent incident involving Jennifer Anniston using the R word on live TV was of course blown out of proportion. Its not like the rest of us are angels, but it just shows how unaware we are and how frivolously we use this word Retard. One could never understand how much it hurts it demeans such great people who strive harder in life than we could ever imagine." Akshay Kumar India Post News Service A s one of the Brand Ambassadors for the Special Olympics, Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has hit out at the negative connotation and use of the 'R-word' ('Retard'). Akshay is upset at the continual and ignorant use of the word and has kickstarted a campaign to demand a ban on the wrongful usage of the word 'Retard'. Following the controversy of Hollywood Actress, Jennifer Anniston's wrongful usage of the 'R-word' in her interview on the 'Live with Regis and Kelly' show, Akshay has spoken out saying "Being Ambassador for the Special Olympics in India, I have always tried to make these wonderful and extremely talented human beings feel as loved and respected as humanly possible. The humanitarian takes his role as a Special Olympics Ambassador very seriously and has made concerted efforts to make the 'Ban the R Word' campaign a success. On his twitter, Akshay has personally requested for those that have a heart to visit the website www.rwordindia.org and pledge their support for the banning of the 'R' word The humanitarian takes his role as a Special Olympics Ambassador very seriously and has made concerted efforts to make the 'Ban the R Word' campaign a success. On his twitter, Akshay has personally requested for those that have a heart to visit the website www.r-wordindia.org and pledge their support for the banning of the 'R' word. The campaign will help further the actor's bigger efforts to ensure mentally and physically challenged individuals are recognised as equal members of society, as well as encouraging them to blossom in their abilities. Kekti Parikh, CSAFF Executive Director, spoke of her experiences with South Asian Film festivals across the U.S. in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. And it was dream come true when with other team members - Mileen Patel, Parveen Usman, Kaivan Dave and Suhani Amin - a festival got organized here too. When asked what the festival has to offer to Chicagoans, Mileen Patel, CSAFF Programming Director, spoke of the rich story telling of the selected films and the unique The films will be screened at Columbia College Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center. Movies range from feature films to documentaries and even shorts. There are a handful of premieres in the line up including the World Premieres of Water Pressures and The Professionals The films will be screened at Columbia College Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center. Movies range from feature films to documentaries and even shorts. There are a handful of premieres in the line up including the World Premieres of Water Pressures and The Professionals. There are variety of passes and tickets available ranging from the opening night gala to full day access to individual film showings and more. There will also be free screenings for certain films on the Chicago Cultural Center.