Vakeel Babu by Civic Studios makes it to New York Indian Film Festival 2022

The critically acclaimed Vakeel Babu, produced by Civic Studios and co-produced by TrainTripper Films goes international and lands its place at the 22nd edition of the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 2022, taking place virtually from May 7th to 13th 2022. The film will be participating in the Shorts (Narrative) category and has also been nominated in the Best Short (Narrative) category.  Recognized as one of the most coveted film festivals, The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) celebrates the best of Indian Cinema on an international platform.

Vakeel Babu is directed by Sumit Purohit, BAFTA Breakthrough Honoree 2020-21 and the award-winning writer of Scam 1992 and Inside Edge fame,  and stars Abhishek Banerjee (Stree, Paatal Lok, Mirzapur and more), Bhamini Oza Gandhi (esteemed Gujarati and Hindi TV and  theatre actor) and Lovleen Mishra (Raees, Little Things, Amu and more) in pivotal roles. The film traces the journey of Shiraz Hassan (played by Banerjee) who is distracted with chasing success through his digital video channel, and then gets approached online by an anonymous victim with a powerful abuser - will he take the case?

Emerging from in-depth, on-ground research on the legal challenges for victims of gender-based violence (GBV), the film aims to drive conversation on the essential role lawyers play in the lives of clients seeking justice against gender-based violence, specifically domestic violence.  

Talking about the news, Anushka Shah, Producer of Vakeel Babu, and Founder, Civic Studios, said, “Vakeel Babu is a film that is close to our hearts, and we’re proud to see it go places. Civic Studios is driven to tell stories that empower us to build a better world. As our first project, this film is the ideal start to realize that vision , as it inspires us to imagine a judiciary that is sensitive and empathetic.” 

Sumit Purohit, Director, Vakeel Babu, said, “This film touches on a very relevant subject on improving access to justice, and we wanted to address it through the transformation journey of an aspiring lawyer. It has been a fulfilling experience collaborating with Civic Studios and using storytelling for good. We are grateful to platforms like NYIFF that give real, honest stories from India a global platform to shine.””

Vakeel Babu has also been selected as a finalist at the 52nd Annual USA Film Festival which took place from April 20th to 24th 2022 in Dallas, Texas. 


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