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31st October

31st October | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Shivaji Lotan Patil
Starring: Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das.
Run time: 109 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2015
Language: Hindi /Punjabi with English subtitles | Country: India

A roller-coaster ride of a film based on real events. On 31st October 1984, the Prime Minister of India is assassinated by her Sikh security guards. Local politicians use this incident to spark public hatred towards the whole Sikh community. Devender Singh (Vir Das), and his loving family are suddenly trapped in their house as their city is ripped apart. Neighbours betray and turn on each other, death stalks the streets and the city burns, but through this anarchic chaos courage and and humanity makes a stand as Devender’s family and their trusted friends risk everything to make a bid to escape. Vir Das and Soha Ali Khan give intense performances in this must see drama.
Contains some scenes of violence.

72 Miles

72 Miles - Ek Pravas (72 Miles - A Journey)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Rajeev Patil
Starring: Smita Tambe, Chinmay Sant, Chinmay Kambli, Sharvani Solaskar, Isha Mane.
Run time: 96 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2013
Language: Marathi with English subtitles | Country: India

Ashok, a 13-year-old boy in 1970s India, is sent away to a borstal boarding school for disciplinary reasons cannot cope with the harsh rigours of the establishment and runs way. On the long 72 mile trip home, which he has to undertake on foot as his money is soon stolen, he falls in with Radhakka, a strong woman with her brood of children who are on a similar journey. The group face the wrath of nature, extreme hunger, prejudice and every step is an adventure where tragedy lurks around every corner. Ashok sees how Radhakka, an illiterate woman with not a penny to her name, maintains the most positive outlook towards life through the most difficult times which he witnesses with her. Directed by Rajeev Patil who made the multiple award-winning Jogwa, the film is an adaptation of Ashok Vhaktar’s novel which is considered a masterpiece of Marathi literature. The film is co-produced by Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar.

A Decent Arrangement

A Decent Arrangement

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Sarovar Banka
Starring: habana Azmi, Adam Laupus, Diksha Basu.
Run time: 96 mins | Certificate: PG | Year: 2011
Language: English | Country: USA/INDIA

In this cross-cultural romance we meet American born copywriter Ashok Khosla, who unable to find love Stateside, travels to Chandigarh to seek his perfect Indian bride. Guided by his well intentioned but overbearing cousin Preeti (a scene stealing Shabana Azmi) he meets the prospective brides and their families but the young women he meets are more than he bargained for. A good match is however found with Amita, a feisty young woman struggling with traditional values, but at the same time Ashok bumps into Lori an adventurous American woman who is travelling through India. As Preeti moves to cement the deal with Amita’s family, Ashok secretly struggles to make up his mind.

A Girl in the River

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Starring: a rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.
Run time: 40 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2015
Language: Punjabi with English subtitles | Country: Pakistan

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Based in Karachi, her documentaries capture key social issues and great moments of contemporary Pakistani culture.

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness is an honest and at times disturbing documentary about one young woman’s journey. After narrowly surviving an attempted honour killing she must maintain the status quo in her village by making peace with her attempted murderers – her own family. Winner of the Best Short Documentary Oscar in 2016.

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Aaranya Kaandam

Aaranya Kaandam (Anima and Persona)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja
Starring: Jackie Schroff, Sampath Raj, Ravi Krishna, Yasmin Ponnappa
Run time: 153 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2010
Language: Tamil with English subtitles | Country: India

Bollywood Hero Jackie Shroff makes his Tamil debut in this pulsating neo-noir that abounds with characters and a potent mix of blood, sex and drugs that would do Quentin Tarantino proud. Shroff plays an ageing don with performance issues who has to deal with an internal challenge to his throne and a smarter-than-he-looks subordinate who cuckolds him with his sultry moll. Throw in a cocaine shipment worth millions and a rooster fight competition and we get a crackling thriller that shows how Tamil cinema is leading the way in India’s independent film movement. Razor sharp dialogue, a hip soundtrack and moody cinematography ably complement the bravura action sequences. And, incredibly, all the happenings unfold in a single day. The film won India’s National Awards for Best First Film and Editing.

Aarekti Premer Golpo (Just Another Love Story)

Aarekti Premer Golpo (Just Another Love Story)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011

Director: Kaushik Ganguly
Starring: Rituparno Ghosh, Chapal Bhaduri, Indraneil Sengupta, Raima Sen
Run time: 104 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2010
Language: Bengali | Country: India

Acclaimed Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh switches sides of the camera to act in Kaushik Ganguly’s film, which un-ashamedly shakes the foundations of contemporary Indian sexuality.

Abhiroop (Ghosh) is an openly gay filmmaker from Delhi intrigued by the story of 70 plus Bengali performer Chapal Bhaduri, famous for playing roles as a woman. Abhiroop lures him with money to reveal his tragic true-life story. As film shooting starts, we are taken on an extraordinary journey between past and present, where transgender Bhadhuri’s tortured love for a bisexual man is echoed by Abhiroop’s own affair with his handsome cameraman Basu.

As word gets out about the filmmaker’s disregard for social taboos, the media start to bite with homophobic vengeance, divided loyalties emerge and Basu must also decide between Abhiroop and his suffering wife.

Ganguly deftly plays out a rainbow of emotional nuances, while Ghosh gives a mesmerising and emotionally charged performance.

Abosheshey (At the End of it All)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Aditi Roy
Starring: Roopa Ganguly, Ankur Khanna, Raima Sen
Run time: 118 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2011
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Country: India

Aditi Roy’s stunning debut feature is a gripping journey of a young man in search of his identity. Soumyo (Khanna), returns from San Francisco to Kolkata, the city of his birth at the behest of his estranged mother, the enigmatic and vivacious Suchismita (Ganguly). What should have been a quick journey turns into a voyage of self-discovery and an exploration of the great metropolis that is Kolkata, a living, breathing character in the film. In the ravishing Nandini (Sen), Suchismita’s protégé, Soumyo finds answers to his past and perhaps the future. The film is the Bengali debut of Khanna, one of India’s rising actors, who is an alumnus of acting legend Naseeruddin Shah’s theatre troupe. The film has won the NETPAC award for Best Asian Film. And Ganguly revealed a new string to her bow, singing Tagore standards, for which she won India’s National Award for Best Female Playback Singer.

An American in Madras

An American in Madras | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Karan Bali
Starring: Kamal Haasan, Radha Viswanathan, K. Hariharan.
Run time: 80 mins | Certificate: U |
Language: English, Tamil, Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

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This fascinating and fast-paced documentary traces the journey of American-born filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan who arrived in India in 1935 intending to stay for 6 months but ended up staying for 15 years! During this period, he brought many technical innovations to the developing Tamil Film Industry of the 1930s and ’40s, and infused a sense of professionalism into its filmmaking. All this, without understanding a word of the language! Dungan directed the great Tamil superstar MGR’s first film, Sathi Leelavathi, as well as famed Carnatic vocalist MS Subbulakshmi’s most famous films, Sakuntalai and Meera. The film traces Dungan’s Indian connection right up to 1994, when on a trip to India, the Tamil Film Industry felicitated him in Chennai for his contribution to its development, a good 43 years after he had left India.

Sharmila Tagore

An Evening with Sharmila Tagore

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016


Starring: Sharmila Tagore
| Year: 2016

The luminous Sharmila Tagore’s precocious talent was discovered by the great Satyajit Ray and he cast her in the globally acclaimed The World of Apu (1959) and again in Devi (1960), Nayak: The Hero (1966), Days and Nights in the Forest (1970) and Company Limited (1971). Her glittering career in Hindi cinema began with Kashmir Ki Kali (1964). She won the Filmfare award for best actress for Aradhana (1970) and India’s national film award for best actress for Mausam (1975) and best supporting actress for In the Forest… Again (2003). Other memorable performances include Amar Prem (1972), Daag (1973), Namkeen (1982), Shubho Mahurat (2003) and Life Goes On (2009). She was on the Cannes jury in 2009 and in 2013 the Indian government accorded her the Padma Bhushan. Filmfare and the IIFA have also accorded her lifetime achievement honours.

Anima State

Anima State | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Hammad Khan
Starring: Uns Mufti, Malika Zafar, Osman Khalid Butt.
Run time: 80 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2013
Language: Urdu with English subtitles | Country: Pakistan

A man with a bandage mask across his face goes on a shooting spree across a Pakistani city, gunning down random people. He soon realises that his actions have no consequences and nobody appears to be interested in his murderous deeds, and so he decides to go on live television with a view to committing suicide on air. And that’s when there is a huge twist in the plot. The film is an unflinching and surreal look at contemporary Pakistan and will provoke and entertain in equal measure. Racy and unafraid of controversy from start to finish, the film is an exhilarating cinematic ride, dealing with persecution, paranoia and that blurry line between dreams and harsh reality. With this, his second feature after Slackistan, Hammad Khan firmly establishes himself as the boldest voice in British Pakistani cinema.

Apur Panchali

Apur Panchali (Apu's Song) | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Kaushik Ganguly
Starring: Parambrata Chatterjee, Ardhendu Banerjee, Parno Mitra.
Run time: 97 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2013
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Country: India

One of the greatest child characters in cinema history is the little boy Apu in Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road). Kaushik Ganguly’s heart-touching, jewel box of a film is inspired by the real-life actor Subir Banerjee, who played the young Apu. 58 years after Pather Panchali a film student goes in search of Subir. He carries news that a German film festival are keen to honour Subir, but the student discovers a reticent older man, whose life has ironically reflected the tragic character he played. With sparkling character performances and intercut with Ray’s Apu trilogy, this film is cineaste heaven.

Arjun & Alison

Arjun & Alison

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Sidharth Sharma
Starring: Monique Squeri, Shiv Jhala, Oliver Squires, Kulvinder Ghir
Run time: 95 mins | Certificate: 18 |
Language: English | Country: UK/India

Set between Birmingham and London, Sidharth Sharma’s outstanding directorial debut is an unflinching look at a racially motivated murder and its aftermath. Arjun (Jhala), from India, and Alison (Squeri), from the United States, are students at a university in Birmingham whose lives are transformed forever when their black friend dies after a racist attack. The prime suspect is Gordon (Squires), the leader of the university’s controversial ‘English Society’. Besides dealing with the trauma of their friend’s death, Arjun and Alison also have to confront the ghosts of their own pasts. The film successfully pulls off the feats of taking a balanced look at race relations in contemporary Britain, the dorm lives of overseas students and the country’s thriving drug and gun subculture. Featuring an all-British cast and crew and an Indo-British director and finance, the film is a shining example of co-production between two countries linked forever by history and culture.

Arshinagar

Arshinagar (Mirrorsville)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Aparna Sen
Starring: Dev, Rittika Sen, Waheeda Rehman, Jishu Sengupta.
Run time: 134 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2015
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Country: India

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This breathtaking musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet ties in with the Bard’s 400th anniversary celebrations globally. Arshinagar is a fictitious slum that the warring Khan and Mitra clans want to acquire to redevelop as malls and apartments. While the Khan and Mitra goons continue to engage in violent battles to seize the slum by fair means or foul, Bishwananath Mitra’s son Ronojoy and Sabir Khan’s daughter Zulekha happen to meet and fall in love at first sight. Aware of the consequences if their families come to know of their relationship, Rono and Julie conduct their love affair in secret. India’s best-known female director Aparna Sen deliciously re-imagines Shakespeare as a taboo Hindu-Muslim love story. Entirely told in rhyming verse, the musical set pieces are energetic, inventive and blend Indian and Western choreography to rapturous effect. And it is always a pleasure to see the reclusive legend Waheeda Rahman make a rare on-screen appearance.

Asha Jaoar Majhe

Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Starring: Ritwick Chakraborty, Basabdutta Chatterjee.
Run time: 84 mins | Certificate: U |
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Country: India

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A cinematically sublime, must-see debut feature that evokes the legacies of Bengali masters like Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak. Labour of Love is a seemingly simple tale set within the crumbling back lanes of modern Kolkata. A man carries out his solitary domestic routine in his small apartment. As the story transpires however we realise that there is another inhabitant of this same apartment. A woman also lives there, but through the hard toil of their lives the couple co-exist on opposing work shifts. Their love strongly binds them, but they are only truly together in the magical forests of their dreams. With its haunting score and soundscape Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s poetic film expands the story of two ordinary lives, caught by love and longing, into a magnificent sensory universe.

Autograph

Autograph

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011

Director: Srijit Mukherji
Starring: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Nandana Sen, Indraneil Sengupta.
Run time: 132 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2010
Language: Bengali | Country: India

A hit film in Bengal, this is a tale of ambition and the corruptive nature of fame in the film industry. Shubhobroto (Sengupta) is a young writer/director with a vision to re-make the master filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s classic film Nayak. He approaches the reigning superstar Arun Chatterjee (played by real-life super-hero Prasenjit Chatterjee) with the proposal.

Much to his surprise the movie-god agrees to fund the film and be its lead. Shubhobroto celebrates with his live-in girlfriend and budding actress Srinandita (Sen) and he drafts her in to play the film’s female lead. As the production develops, the promise of fame makes Shubho increasingly arrogant as he slips into his own world.

Meanwhile Arun focuses his affections, on and off screen, on Srinandita and confides in her about his troubled past. The trio find themselves spiralling into a strange and yet poignant love triangle. With a talented ensemble cast and a compelling narrative, the film provides an insightful view into contemporary Kolkata society and a window into the inner workings of the Bengali film industry.

B.A Pass

B.A. Pass

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Ajay Bahl
Starring: Shilpa Shukla, Shadab Kamal, Rajesh Sharma, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Geeta Sharma.
Run time: 100 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2012
Language: Hindi / Punjabi with English subtitles | Country: India

The Graduate meets film noir in this sizzling tale of seduction and betrayal. Circumstances force a small town, shy teenager, Mukesh, to move in with his aunt and her dull offspring in the neon-lit lanes of Delhi’s Paharganj. Called over to do some chores he is seduced by a gorgeous cougar whose husband is away. Mukesh and the woman’s relationship is forged in lust, lies and deceit, which leaves him spinning and entranced, that is until she farms him out to entertain her lady friends with dangerous consequences.

Baishey Srabon

Baishey Srabon (Seventh August) | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Srijit Mukherji
Starring: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Paramabrata Chatterjee, Goutam Ghose
Run time: 120 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2011
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Country: India

The teeming city of Kolkata, known for its food, music, poetry and cinema, is reeling from an unusual sensation – fear. A serial killer is on the loose, killing people in the dead of night seemingly randomly. But it’s clear that the killer is Bengali, because he or she leaves clues at the murder site in verse. The police are baffled and have no choice but to bring back their serial killer specialist (Prasenjit), a mealy-mouthed scotch-swilling, cheroot-chomping hedonist who was dismissed from the department years ago under a cloud. Making a stupendous comeback as an actor is the award-winning director Goutam Ghose who matches the film’s all-star cast note for note. The film’s frank use of Bengali swear words shocked a few, but delighted many when released in Bengal and it went on to become one of the biggest hits in history. It was also a critical darling and won some 25 Indian awards.

Barefoot to Goa

Barefoot to Goa | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Praveen Morchhale
Starring: Purva Parag, Farrukh Jaffar, Saara Nahar.
Run time: 80 mins | Certificate: U |
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

A hit at festivals around India, Barefoot to Goa explores with great sensitivity the Indian middleclass dilemma of what to do with ageing parents and the intergenerational ties that powerfully bind families together. Diya and Prakhar live with their busy parents in bustling Mumbai. Their grandmother in rural Goa regularly sends her son and family countless letters asking them to visit, but never gets a reply, even though her grandchildren love her dearly. One day the kids discover that their mum has been hiding the un-opened letters in a box. They read that their grandmother is ill and upset, decide to set off to see their grandmother in Goa by themselves.

Bombay Talkies

Bombay Talkies | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Randeep Hooda, Rani Mukerji, Saqib Saleem, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Naman Jain, Vineet Kumar Singh.
Run time: 127 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2013
Language: Hindi / Marathi with English subtitles | Country: India

Mumbai’s spectacular homage to 100 years of Indian cinema is a compilation of four films shot by some of its finest directors. Karan Johar’s Ajeeb Dastaan Hain Yeh is the story of a cheeky, gay man Avinash who becomes friends with his female boss Gayatri. She invites her new friend home for dinner but Avinash soon discovers Gayatri’s husband has a secret. Dibakar Banerjee’s Star is based on Satyajit Ray’s short story about a struggling actor who gets a role as an extra in a Bollywood film, and he has this one last chance to prove himself to the world and his daughter. Zoya Aktar’s joyful Sheila Ki Jawaani tells of a 12-year-old boy whose dad wants him to play football, but he secretly wants to dance like his Bollywood goddess Katrina Kaif. With the help of his sister the boy chases his dreams. Cult director Anurag Kashyap’s Murabba shows a young man, Vijay, from small town Uttar Pradesh travelling to the lights of Mumbai to fulfil his father’s almost impossible last wish, to request a favour of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. Don’t miss this red carpet movie!

Brahman Naman

Brahman Naman

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Q.
Starring: Shashank Arora, Tanmay Dhanania, Chaitanya Varad.
Run time: 95 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2016
Language: English | Country: UK/India

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Festival favourite director ‘Q’ (Gandu, Tasher Desh) returns with this In-Betweeners style coming-of-age comedy backed by a rock anthem score. Set in 1980s Bangalore, know-it all teenager Naman (Shashank Arora), and his fellow nerdy mates Ajay and Ramu win every local quiz competition and get hammered on the prize money. Then their big chance comes as the All-India Quiz Final in Calcutta is announced. The three quiz musketeers set out on a chaotic train ride north, but on the journey Naman has a mighty crush on the super-quiz heroine Naina. Naman and his mate’s quest for glory by outsmarting their rivals gets confused with exploding testosterone levels and the trio slide into a mad-cap adventure with hilarious consequences.

(Contains some explicit sexual scenes).

Cinemawala

Cinemawala

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Kaushik Ganguly
Starring: Paran Bandopadhay, Parambrata Chatterjee,Arun Guha Thakurta.
Run time: 105 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2016
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Country: India

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The new tale by Kaushik Ganguly, one of West Bengal’s most accomplished directors, depicts a love-torn nostalgia for the passing age of film. Pranabendu Das is a semi-retired cinema owner from a small town in West Bengal. He owns a movie theatre ‘Kamalini’ named after his former wife. He and his ageing projectionist lovingly tend their film stock and wonderfully ancient movie projector, but the audience doesn’t come any more and the cinema is falling into disrepair. Meanwhile for Pranabendu’s opportunist son Prakash, who has no idealist aspirations, business comes first, he stashes pirated DVDs of new films in the family home and sells them in town. As Pranabendu faces the heart-breaking closure of his beloved cinema and the police come to call about Prakash’s bootleg activities, father and son both purveyors of cinema in their own ways, come to loggerheads.

City Of Gold

City of Gold

LIFF Festival Screening: 2010

Director: Mahesh Manjrekar
Starring: Shashank Shende, Seema Biswas, Ankush Choudhary
Run time: 145 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2010
Language: Hindi. Marathi, English | Country: India

Set at a similar time as Slum Dog Millionaire, this is a powerful tale about a great time of change in Mumbai – regarded by many as the ‘City of Gold’. The Dhuri family of mill workers, headed by their strong-willed mother, played by the great Seema Biswas (Bandit Queen), live on the edge of the slums. They struggle to survive the abyss of poverty as Mumbai’s great mills are struck down by political corruption and commercial greed, to make way for glittering new shopping malls and 5 star hotels. As dad looses his job and they tip into the abyss, the young sons and daughters must all make heart-wrenching decisions to save the family: mixing with the darker side of under-world power; and trying to marry themselves off to men with jobs. None is as great as that of budding writer son, Baba, who is un-able to sell his scripts and makes an even more desperate sacrifice.

Court

Court

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane
Starring: Vivek Gomber, Vira Sathidar, Geetanjali Kulkarni.
Run time: 116 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2014
Language: Marathi with English subtitles | Country: India

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Chaitanya Tamhane’s tightly scripted and confidently directed second feature is set around a single court case in a Maharashtran town. Within this seemingly simple courtroom drama, a subtle and fascinating exploration of state of the nation India, westernised versus revisionist traditionalist values is uncovered. The outcome is increasingly unsettling, even dangerous, as the seeming stability and order of the British Raj based court system, is pitted against a changing India. Tamhane’s fixed camera framing of tableaux-like scenes of the court and city streets, cleverly creates a sense of increasing unease in the viewer. An ageing, activist, folk singer is charged with inciting a sewerage worker to commit suicide by one of his ‘inflammatory’ songs. His defence lawyer, a westernised man defends the right’s of the artist, while the female Prosecutor states the singer, as the police have described him, is a threat to national security.

CRD

CRD

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Kranti Kanade
Starring: Mrinmayee Godbole, Saurabh Saraswat, Vinay Sharma, Abhay Mahajan.
Run time: 108 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2016
Language: Hindi and English with English subtitles | Country: India

Set in the world of college theatre, CRD probes fascism and fierce competition in the arts. The battleground is an inter-collegiate drama competition where an autocratic acting coach pushes his students to mental and physical extremes. One of his most gifted students rebels against his methods and forms a rival drama troupe to compete against his own college team. He must now delve deep to find his storytelling voice while at the same time trying to keep his anger in check and rein in his rampant sex drive. This astonishing film heralds the arrival of a bold new voice in world cinema where all limits are breached and boundaries crossed. Be prepared for a breathtaking journey, the likes of which you’ve never been on before.

Death of a Gentleman

Death of A Gentleman | London Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Sam Collins
Starring: Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Shastri, N. Srinivasan, Lalit Modi, Giles Clarke.
Run time: 90 mins | Certificate: 12A |
Language: English | Country: UK

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A hard-hitting documentary of interest to cricket and non-cricket fans alike. Cricketing journalists Jarrod Kimber and Sam Collins set off on a journey to report on the current state of health of Test cricket and to investigate the impact of 20:20 cricket on the five-day game. They end up in something more sinister than they could ever have imagined. During their thrilling three-year journey they criss-cross the globe from London to Australia, from India to Dubai and back again, during which they meet players, the game’s administrators, fans and controversial cricket financiers, resulting in a film that is about much more than cricket. This is a film about passion, about money, about power and it’s a film about standing up for what you care about before it is too late.
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Dekh Indian Circus

Dekh Indian Circus (Watch Indian Circus)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Mangesh Hadawale
Starring: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Virendrapratap Rathore
Run time: 101 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2011
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

Kajro (Chatterjee of Brick Lane) and her mute husband Jethu (Siddiqui) eke out a tough existence in rural Rajasthan. Against the backdrop of state elections a circus comes to a nearby town, their children Panni and Ghumroo nag their parents to go. Kajro finally relents and unable to pay for transport sets off with her kids on foot across the desert to fulfil this small dream for them, but the journey will require sacrifices as the parents become puppets in the circus of local politics. Stunning cinematography captures the severe beauty of the Rajasthan countryside while the cast led by Chatterjee and Siddiqui (also see in Gangs of Wasseypur), deliver powerfully underplayed performances in this small film with a big heart. The film won the Audience Choice Award at the Busan Film Festival.

Delhi Belly

Delhi Belly

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011

Director: Abhinay Deo
Starring: Imran Khan, Vijay Raaz, Kunaal Roy Kapur.
Run time: 145 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2011
Language: Hindi with English | Country: India

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Irreverent, crude and downright rude this fabulous new comedy caper from modern Mumbai cocks its hat at bad-boy cults like Snatch and The Hangover, with perhaps a little peppering of the Beatles.

Led by Tashi (played by the puppy dog-eyed, teen-heart throb Imran Khan), a dopey bundle of mates find themselves in a whole lot of trouble when they accidentally mix up a bag containing a stool sample (one of them ate the wrong Tandoori Chicken), with another bag which Tashi’s trolley-dolly girlfriend has been asked to carry a bag full of smuggled diamonds!

All sh*t breaks out when the smugglers, led by a particularly nasty villain Cow Boy (played by Vijay Raaz, Monsoon Wedding), set off after them. It also gives Tashi a chance to consider whether he wants to settle down to a suburban marriage with his nice airhostess and Mummy and Daddy in-laws, or take a bite of the wild side. Expect rickshaw chases, upset stomachs and of course, a riot of mix-ups and chases, with unsuspecting English tourists ducking for cover.

Delhi in a Day

Delhi in a Day

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Prashant Nair
Starring: Victor Banerjee, Lillete Dubey, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Lee Williams, Anjali Patil.
Run time: 88 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2011
Language: English | Country: India

Like Monsoon Wedding, this dark comedy explores the life of Delhi’s upper class society and the huge class differences between the nouveau riche and their have-not servants. A naïve young English man Jasper (Williams) making his first trip to India comes to stay at the mansion of the eccentric Gambhir family who, as he is the son of a powerful business associate, make a fuss of him. Mukund (Kharbanda), the jovial patriarch of the family, struggles to meet the demands of his sharp-tongued wife Kalpana (Dubey), who runs their team of servants, with a rod of iron. Idealistic Jasper is however immediately attracted by one of the servant girls Rohini (Patil), a pretty nineteen year old who dreams of being s Bollywood star, but when Jasper’s money disappears the status quo of the house is rocked.

Dev.d

Dev.D

LIFF Festival Screening: 2010

Director: Anurag Kashyap
Starring: Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill, Kalki Koechlin
Run time: 144 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2009
Language: Hindi | Country: India

From Anurag Kashyap, who’s at the vanguard of cutting edge Indian directors, comes this brilliant, luxuriantly visual contemporary re-telling of the classic story of Devdas. Teenage Dev is forced to leave his childhood sweetheart, Paro, behind when he is sent abroad. He struggles through his studies and years later returns home to India where his family hopes he will marry Paro. However, Dev’s promiscuity sees him lose her. He realises too late that he truly loves her and becomes tortured by regret, hurtling into a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol, with his only solace coming from Chanda, a prostitute with traumas of her own. Inevitably, Dev falls foul of the law and redemption proves elusive. The film’s path-breaking narrative struc-ture and rousing musical score capture the zeitgeist and underbelly of modern India, with Deol’s laconic portrayal of Dev instantly establishing him as the poster boy of alternate cinema from the subcontinent.

Dhanak

Dhanak (Rainbow) | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Starring: Krrish Chhabria, Hetal Gada, Vipin Sharma, Suresh Menon, Vijay Maurya.
Run time: 103 mins | Certificate: PG |
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

This uplifting, enchanting and magical story revolves around the relationship between a 10-year old girl Pari, a Shah Rukh Khan fan and Chotu, her blind 8-year old brother who is a die-hard Salman Khan devotee. Inspired by seeing Shah Rukh Khan endorsing sight restoring surgery, Pari leads her brother on an epic journey across the desert state of Rajasthan to the location where the actor is shooting his latest film in the hope that he will arrange for the vision restoring operation and fulfil the promise she had made to Chotu that he will regain his sight when he turns nine. On the way they meet a host of colourful characters that sometimes help and sometimes thwart their plan but always push them in the right path towards their destination. The film won the Generation Kplus section of the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.

Elippathayam (Rat Trap)

Elippathayam (Rat-Trap) | Classic

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Starring: Karamana Janardhanan Nair, Sharada, Jalaja, Rajam K. Nair.
Run time: 121 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 1982
Language: Malayalam with English subtitles | Country: India

In this milestone of Indian cinema revered director Adoor Gopalakrishnan deftly documents the tale of a man and his three sisters who cannot comprehend the sweeping changes arising from the demise of feudalism in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Drawing from the experiences of his own family, Gopalakrishnan sets the action in a crumbling mansion where once-proud lives disintegrate in near silence. The film won the Sutherland Award at the London Film Festival in 1982, the only Indian film to have won the coveted award after Satyajit Ray’s win in 1959 for The World of Apu.

Enemy

Enemy? | International Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Dinesh P. Bhonsle
Starring: Meenacshi Martins, Salil Naik, Antonio Crasto
Run time: 94 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2015
Language: Konkani with English subtitles | Country: India

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In the midst of the festive season, a Goan Catholic family discovers that they have lost their property to the Government and their family honour is at stake. An Indian army captain and his mother are dismayed when corrupt civil servants and politicians gang up against them using the Enemy Property Act of 1968, enacted after the Indo-Pak war in 1965, to usurp their prime land. During their fight against the establishment they find that they are not alone in their struggle and there are several other Goan families who are going through the same crisis. As the tension and drama builds up, the captain finds himself pushed to the edge. The tense narrative also finds time to incorporate the vibrant colours and music of Goa while telling a chilling and compelling tale.

Experimenta India - Liff @ The Tate Modern

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012



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EXPERIMENTA INDIA – LIFF @ THE TATE MODERN

Alongside the commercial cinema of narrative and spectacle in India, there has always been another practice call it avant-garde, experimental, or artists’ film and video. Since its inception in 2003, Experimenta, the independent international festival for experimental cinema in India, has become a significant forum in South Asia for the exhibition, discussion, and dissemination of ideas about new genres of film. Shai Heredia, Experimenta’s Festival Director, has curated this programme featuring two screenings of recent innovations in moving image art from India.

 

EXPERIMENTA INDIA 1

Duration | 57 mins
Tate Modern | Starr Auditorium
PRESENCE | Ekta Mittal and Yashaswini Raghunandan | India 2012 | Colour | Sound | HD | 18 mins

Presence is the second film from the Behind the Tin Sheets Archive. Landscapes shift, people move from place to place – time passes and spaces evolve. Through this metamorphosis, new things try to replace the old. Some remain and linger and some go missing and disappear. We remember and we also forget. Between this, we encounter the invisible. This film reflects the subconscious of migrant workers against an urban landscape in metamorphosis. As they carry their stories in and out of many cities, the cities bear witness to these fragments. A point of impermanence and permanence collide, in close proximity with the filmmakers’ haunt within the city. Suspended from time and space, the familiar begins to render the unfamiliar.

RESIDUE | Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya | India 2011 | Colour | Sound | 35mm | 39 mins

This film was shot in a redundant Thermal power plant in the outskirts of the city of Guwahati. It forms a response to the artists’ interest in constructed signs that can never be replicated or remembered and in the relationship between matter and memory. There is an endless circularity and an unbearable silence — the pause A point of impermanence and permanence collide, in close proximity with the filmmakers’ haunt within the city. Suspended from time and space, the familiar begins to render the unfamiliar.

 

EXPERIMENTA INDIA 2

Duration | 59 mins
Tate Modern | Starr Auditorium

JAN VILLA | Natasha Mendonca | India 2012 | Colour + B&W | Sound | 16mm transferred to HD | 20 mins

After the monsoon floods in 2005 that submerged Bombay, the filmmaker returns to her native city to examine the personal impact of this devastating event. The result is Jan Villa, a tapestry of images that studies the space of a post-colonial metropolis but in a way that deeply implicates the personal. The destruction wreaked by the floods becomes a telling and a dismantling of other devastations and the sanctuaries of family and home. In its structure, Jan Villa is a vortex, drawing to its center all that surrounds it.

CITY BEYOND | Shreyasi Kar | India 2011 | Colour | Sound | 35mm | 10 mins

City Beyond is a film that speculates about the lives led by inhabitants of a submerged civilisation. The superstructure has been recently discovered in the crevices of the ocean floor. The film moves through the submerged landscape, gathering glimpses of life, times and the end of a lost society.

THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE AIR | Iram Ghufran | India 2011 | Colour | Sound | 35mm | 29 mins

There is Something in the Air is a call from the periphery of sanity. A series of dream narratives and accounts of spiritual possession as experienced by women ‘petitioners’ at the shrine of a Sufi saint in northern India. Drama unfolds via dreams, appearances of djinns and disappearances of women. The shrine becomes a space for expressions of longing and transgression. The film invites the viewer to a fantastical world, where fear and desire is experienced through dreams and ‘afflictions of air’. The shrine is a space where performance becomes the only rule of engagement, and one can begin to think about the possibilities that ‘insanity’ produces.

Farhan Akhtar Masterclass

Farhan Akhtar | Screen Talk

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014



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Farhan Akhtar is the renaissance man of Indian entertainment, being a director, producer, actor, singer, screenwriter, lyricist and television host. The son of legendary writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar and screenwriter, actor and director Honey Irani, Farhan made his directorial debut with Dil Chahta Hai, a film that changed filmmaking mores in Bollywood. He made his lyric writing debut with Bride and Prejudice and his acting and singing debut with Rock On!! His turn as the Olympian athlete Milkha Singh in the biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has seen him win every major Indian acting award this year!

This engrossing Screen Talk interview was filmed at the BFI – actor, director and producer Farhan Akhtar talks about making his directorial debut with Dil Chatha Hai (2001), his acting debut in Rock On!! (2008) and working with Shah Rukh Khan in Don (2006). Akhtar also explains how his parents have affected his work.

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Fireflies In The Abyss

Fireflies in The Abyss

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Chandrasekhar Reddy
Starring: Nishant Rai, Raj Rai, Suraj Subba.
Run time: 88 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2015
Language: Nepali / Hindi / English with English subtitles | Country: India / UK

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This absorbing documentary follows Suraj a 11-year-old boy who works in the ‘rat-hole’ mines in the Jaintia Hills of North East India. There are narrow strips of coal requiring children to descend steep, sheer chutes and burrow into narrow horizontal tunnels to scratch coal out of hard rock, armed with nothing more than a pickaxe and a head torch. In these hostile pits, every day is a game of death. With Suraj’s story as the primary narrative, the life in the mining camp and the intertwining fates of the miners are explored. Most of the events characterise the choices made under the difficult circumstances that they experience, see around them and have to continually resolve – both internally and externally. Contrasting the various responses elicits drama, irony and humour, while gradually building up a composite picture of lives under unusual and extraordinary circumstances.

The Bagri Foundation supports documentary films as a powerful medium to raise social awareness.

For The Love of a Man

For The Love of a Man

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Rinku Kalsy
Starring: K. Hariharan, Uma Vangal, G. Mani.
Run time: 85 mins | Certificate: PG | Year: 2015
Language: Tamil / English with English subtitles | Country: India / Netherlands

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Actor, Leader, Hero, God. For his fans, the superstar Rajinikanth is all of these. Men from various generations alter their lives, sell their belongings, and place fandom above their families in devotion to the iconic actor, a man who has inspired a fanatic cult following across the world ranging from India to Japan. This riveting documentary explores how fandom is expressed through enormous posters, elaborate public rituals, and the frenzied atmosphere inside theatres has deep social, political, and devotional foundations in South India. Fandom is about more than cinema – it is about brotherhood, identity, or even social aspiration. The film follows various stories – performers seeking a shot at fame by mimicking the star, families managing the consequences of the fans’ spending on movies, theatre owners worrying about fans running wild.

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Gandu

Gandu & Gandu Circus

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Q.
Starring: Anurbata Basu, Joyraj Bhattacharya, Rituparna Sen
Run time: 89 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2010
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Country: India

India’s most radical director Q delivers a tour de force, which has excited festivals around the world. Twenty-year-old Gandu lives with his single mum in a dingy Kolkata flat. She has turned to sex work to make ends meet. His life revolves around the local internet café where he overdoses on videogames and porn until one day he bumps into Rickshaw, who introduces him to hard drugs and together they slide into a dark fantasy world where angry rap lyrics melt into visitations by the goddess Kali and an alien sex-kitten. Listen out for a stunning music track inspired by the UK’s Asian Dub Foundation. The film contains some sexually explicit imagery so don’t bring your mum!

GANDU CIRCUS with SUSHEELA RAMAN AT BFI

The London Indian Film Festival is delighted to announce that Mercury nominated musician Susheela Raman will perform alongside acclaimed filmmaker and rapper Q, in a unique first of its kind event that marries the heady vibe of the controversial film Gandu with a pulsating interactive concert. June 21 will see BFI Southbank reverberate to the strains of Raman and Q’s band Gandu Circus along with special guest Steve Chandra Savale from the Asian Dub Foundation, following a screening of Gandu. The Arts Council of England supports the event.

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Gangs of Wasseypur

Gangs of Wasseypur | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Anurag Kashyap
Starring: Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Reema Sen
Run time: 160 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2012
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

Anurag Kashyap, the Godfather of contemporary Indian independent cinema, takes on the epic gangster genre, and produces a masterpiece that can rightfully rub shoulders with the classics of Coppola and Scorsese. Kashyap deftly delivers a firecracker of a movie set around warring mafia clans clashing for power and passion in the coal mining towns of Northern India. A weapon-loaded cast is led by Manoj Bajpai and delivers high energy performances in this sprawling tale of generations locked in violence and its ultimate impact on family and loved ones. The film is shot through with an earthy Indian sensibility where you can almost smell the fragrance of the soil, yet the filmmaking is on par with the best of the West. Bajpai, whose breakthrough performance was in Satya, written by Kashyap, dominates proceedings as an ambitious gangster with a rampant libido and a permanently cocked gun. Expect spectacular gunfights!

Gattu

Gattu

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Rajan Khosa
Starring: Mohd Samad, Naresh Kumar, Jayanta Das
Run time: 90 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2011
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

Set in the picturesque town of Roorkee in the Himalayan foothills, Gattu is a story of childhood passion. Gattu (Samad) lives and works at a scrap yard belonging to a man that bought him from his sick father. Gattu is however adept at slipping out of hard chores so he can indulge his passion for kite flying. He secretly enters the town’s next kite flying competition. Though illiterate, Gattu realises that his best hope of winning the competition is to fly his kite from Roorkee’s tallest building, the school. Gattu steals a uniform and brazens his way into school. A dramatic battle of the skies ensues as young Gattu uses every trick in the book to claim the lead. The film marks a triumphant return for director Rajan Khosa whose debut Dance of the Wind was much acclaimed. The film is the toast of the festival circuit worldwide and won a special mention at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya

Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Shilpa Ranade
Starring: Voices of Manish Bhawan, Shailendra Pande, Rajeev Raj.
Run time: 79 mins | Certificate: U | Year: 2013
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

Premiered at Toronto Film Festival, The World of Goopi and Bagha is a delightful and hilarious animated feature, based on a story for children of all ages immortalised by Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Goopy and Bagha are such terrible singers and musicians that they are thrown out of their own respective towns. They bump into each other in the forest and immediately become best buddies. They also then bump something more terrifying – the King of Ghosts, but he likes their terrible music so much he gives them a pair of magical slippers each and three wishes. Armed with this new magical confidence they set out on the road to adventure.

Gour Hari Dastaan

Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Starring: Vinay Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Tannishtha Chatterjee.
Run time: 111 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2014
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

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Director Ananth Mahadevan whose previous film Mee Sindhutai Sapkal was a big hit with London audiences returns with a moving, true-life drama about one of the last remaining Gandhian ‘freedom fighters’ Hari Gaur Das. This elderly man is of modest means and fighting to win recognition from the bureaucratic Indian government. They want him to prove he was an Independence hero to win his right to a state pension, while locals call him a liar, and even his wife doubts his chances, Hari recalls the independence struggles of his youth and with great mental strength sets out to prove his case. There are some sparkling performances by an ensemble cast including Vinay Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranveer Shorey and Tannishtha
Chatterjee.

Hank and Asha

Hank and Asha | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: James E. Duff
Starring: Andrew Pastides, Mahira Kakkar.
Run time: 73 mins | Certificate: U | Year: 2013
Language: English | Country: USA

Winner of the Slamdance Audience Award, this tender delight of a movie tells of the courtship of two loveable young strangers searching for connection in an online world. Adorable Indian, Asha, is studying in Prague, where she watches a film by an American, called Hank, which she adores, but misses him at the post screening Q&A, so she takes a risk and sends him a video blog. To her surprise handsome Hank responds with a video blog from his home in New York. Very quickly the two bond and are soon communicating regularly and before they know it, they plan their first actual date in Paris, but one of them has held back a secret.

Haraamkhor

Haraamkhor (The Wretched) | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Shlok Sharma
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Tripathi, Trimala Adhikari.
Run time: 92 mins | Certificate: 15 |
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

From the people who brought you worldwide critical and commercial success The Lunchbox, comes this riveting tale of forbidden love. In a dusty town in Gujarat, while a nation rumbling towards economic progress churns away in the background, a school and its inmates are thrown into sharp relief. A married schoolteacher develops more than an academic interest in one of his comely students and the feeling is mutual. It doesn’t help that the girl’s father is a high-ranking police officer. Debutant director Shlok Sharma who has assisted Indian indie Godfather Anurag Kashyap on Dev D and Gangs of Wasseypur in the past, ratchets up the tension, resulting in a mesmerising journey that ends in a searing, soaring, emotional finale. As usual, indie king Nawazuddin Siddiqui delivers a command performance, matched turn for turn by the fresh faced Shweta Tripathi.

Hemalkasa

Hemalkasa | World Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Samruddhi Porey
Starring: Nana Patekar, Sonali Kulkarni, Mohan Agashe.
Run time: 117 mins | Certificate: U |
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

This inspirational biopic follows the selfless journey of Dr. Prakash Baba Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte, a couple who dedicated their lives to a project for the development of tribal people of Maharashtra, India, in the toughest of conditions with little or no support from the establishment. The project, located at Hemalkasa, eventually led to the formation of a free hospital, a free residential school and an orphanage for injured wild animals. For their pioneering efforts, the Amtes were accorded the prestigious Magsasay Award for Community Leadership. Nana Patekar and Sonali Kulkarni deliver the performance of their lives in this outstanding example of the best Indian independent cinema. Incredibly moving, the film will leave you with a tear in your eye, a fond smile on your lips and an immediate desire to improve the world that we live in.

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Ilai (leaf)

Ilai (Leaf) | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Rajiv Reddy Pochareddy
Starring: Manjula Odanadi, Pritham Charavarthy, Mighty Gibson.
Run time: 67 mins | Certificate: U | Year: 2013
Language: Tamil with English subtitles | Country: India

With great pathos, and a riveting narrative, Ilai (Leaf) encapsulates the stories of many thousands of Indians arriving in the big cities each year, in the hope of a better future, or sometimes just by chance. Often their only baggage is a troubled past. We are introduced to one such story, a lonely little girl from the countryside who accidentally finds herself in a bustling metropolis. The girl can’t speak the city’s language, or understand its high-speed ways. She wanders the mean streets to find shelter, but soon realises she must enlist the help of others, including a homeless old woman to ensure her survival.

Ilai (Leaf) is screening with a short film – FOREST MAN | Dir. William Douglas McMaster. A doc. based on the true story of a man who planted an Indian forest from scratch.

International Conference 2011

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011


Starring: International keynote speakers and masterclasses with Rituparno Ghosh and Anurag Kashyap.
| Year: 2011

What’s New? The Changing Face of Indian Cinema: Contemporary and Historical Contexts

The University of Westminster’s India Media Centre, in association with LIFF, will be hosting a special conference on the challenges that the burgeoning new Indian cinema poses to mainstream filmmaking. Filmmakers that toy with, or eschew, the conventions of the familiar multi-genre, song and dance extravaganzas are appearing across Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and beyond. What do their films mean for the future of Indian cinema and the global aspirations of India’s urban ‘multiplex’ generation? Conference includes international keynote speakers, over forty papers from scholars around the world, and masterclasses with Rituparno Ghosh and Anurag Kashyap.

Irrfan Khan In Conversation

Irrfan Khan in Conversation

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013



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A graduate of India’s National School of Drama, Irrfan Khan had a quiet beginning in Indian television and arthouse features, arriving on the international scene in Asif Kapadia’s 2001 BAFTA-winning The Warrior. Notable performances include The Darjeeling Limited, Slumdog Millionaire, A Mighty Heart, Vishal Bharadwaj’s Macbeth adaptation Maqbool, Life of Pi and The Amazing Spiderman, and the HBO series In Treatment; he also won India’s National Award for Best Actor for playing an athlete turned bandit in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s 2010 Paan Singh Tomar.

Khan will share his experiences in the British, Hollywood and Indian film industries with director Asif Kapadia.

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Island City

Island City

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Ruchika Oberoi
Starring: Vinay Pathak, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Chandan Roy Sanyal.
Run time: 111 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2015
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

Winner of the best directing debut at the Venice Film Festival, the film tells three stories. In the first one, a drone employee at a soulless corporation wins an office competition entitling him to a whole day of fun at the mall. However, he doesn’t have much fun at all. The second story follows a domineering head of a family who suffers a stroke and is on life support. His newly-liberated family buy a TV and are hooked on to a popular soap when they learn to their dismay that the family head is on the road to recovery. And in the last story, a woman who is leading a mechanical existence blossoms when she gets a series of anonymous love letters. These stories explore the different facets of life and society in the maddening city of Mumbai.

Jalaler Golop (jalals story)

Jalaler Golpo (Jalal’s Story)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Abu Shahed Emon
Starring: Mohammod Emon, Arafat Rahman, Mosharraf Karim.
Run time: 121 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2014
Language: Bangla with English subtitles | Country: Bangladesh

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This entrancing film follows three chapters in the life of an infant, a child and teen named Jalal. Abandoned as a baby in the river, he is rescued and raised by Miraj. After a series of misfortunes, the villagers consider the baby to be a curse on their village and Miraj has to abandon the baby back in the river. Karim, a landowner, is bringing up Jalal, now nine. Bizarrely, Jalal is considered the cause of Karim’s wife’s infertility and he is cast back into the river. The 19-year-old Jalal now works for a gang leader and aspiring politician Sajib. This time, a different baby is to be thrown into the river, ahead of the upcoming elections, thanks to Sajib’s nefarious antics. Abu Shahed Emon tackles several social issues in Bangladesh including superstition, politically motivated corruption and women’s rights.

Jeewan Hathi

Jeewan Hathi (Elephant in The Room) | World Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Meenu Gaur, Farjad Nabi
Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Hina Dilpazeer, Samiya Mumtaz.
Run time: 60 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2016
Language: Urdu with English subtitles | Country: Pakistan/India

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ZEAL FOR UNITY PRESENTS PAKISTAN DOUBLE BILL :

Made under the Zeal for Unity India-Pakistan filmmaking initiative, these films explore different facets of life in Pakistan. In Khaemae Mein Matt Jhankain, life in a remote village becomes exciting when a travelling circus pitches up in town. The men and boys of the village cannot get enough of the ravishingly beautiful trapeze artist and visit every night to catch a glimpse of her. But, there is a secret. Acclaimed Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah headlines Jeewan Hathi as a channel owner who will do anything for higher ratings. This riotously funny satire on Pakistan’s media industry explores the dark underbelly of a reality show that has the nation enthralled.

 

Josh

Josh (Against the Grain)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Iram Parveen Bilal
Starring: Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza, Khalid Malik, Naveen Waqar, Ali Rizvi.
Run time: 104 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2013
Language: Urdu / English with English subtitles | Country: Pakistan, USA

The life of a high society school teacher is shattered when her beloved nanny inexplicably disappears. Josh is the story of the schoolteacher’s search for a dangerous truth in the nanny’s feudal village. This empowering film is LIFF’s first ever selection from Pakistan and stars Urdu cinema superstars Aamina Sheikh and Mohib Mirza. Josh tackles the themes of class separation, feudalism, poverty, individual empowerment and women’s rights head on and takes no prisoners en route. And in Iram Parveen Bilal, Pakistan and world cinema welcomes a bold new voice and a powerful storyteller. Not to be missed!

Jugni

Jugni (Firefly) | International Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Shefali Bhushan
Starring: Sugandha Garg, Siddhant Behl, Sadhana Singh
Run time: 115 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2016
Language: Hindi / Punjabi with English subtitles | Country: India

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Travelling through the verdant fields of Punjab, Vibhavari (Vibs) is a gorgeous, young composer from Mumbai. She is in search of Bibi Saroop, the voice that she believes will be the saviour of her new score. She bumps into Bibi’s dashing son Mastana who has a stunning voice. Vibs records Mastana’s renditions of Punjabi folk songs and the duo soon fall for each other. Vibs returns to a soured relationship with her boyfriend in Mumbai. Mastana is left brokenhearted, but his voice is indeed the magical ingredient of the score, which becomes an instant hit. When Vibs calls Mastana to the big city he is full of hope, but they are forced to make tough choices between their careers and their hearts.

Kalo Pothi (the_black_hen)

Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Min Bahadur Bham
Starring: Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya, Jit Bahadur Malla.
Run time: 90 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2015
Language: Nepali with English subtitles | Country: Nepal

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LIFF’s first Nepali screening is directed by new hot-property director Min Bahadur Bham and has been delighting audiences around Europe. In 2001, in a remote Nepalese village, we find Prakash and Kiran, two 12-year-olds, who despite belonging to different castes, are inseparable best mates. They decide on a plan to raise a hen to earn some money by selling its eggs. Their new business venture seems to be working, but as times get hard, Prakash’s father sells off all his chickens including the boy’s hen. Prakash and Kiran find out that their hen has been sold to an old man many villages away and set out on an adventure to liberate their prized fowl. However, in their single-minded obsession, the youngsters are oblivious to the growing civil war brewing in the region and they soon find themselves travelling through some very dangerous territory, where their friendship will be put to the test.

Kanasemba Kudureyaneri (Riding the Stallion of A Dream)

Kanasemba Kudureyaneri (Riding the Stallion of a Dream)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011

Director: Girish Kasaravalli
Starring: Vyjanath Biradar, Umashri, Sadashiv Brahmavar
Run time: 109 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2010
Language: Kannada | Country: India

The latest feature from Girish Kasaravalli, one of the founding fathers of India’s parallel cinema movement, is also his most unconventional, employing for the first time in his long and distinguished career a non-linear, fragmented narrative.

This delightful evocation of pastoral life in the southern Indian state of Karnataka follows a couple, Irya and Rudri, who are desperately poor but extremely happy. Irya is the butt of village jokes, as he is a professional gravedigger, and sits around waiting for people to die while the hardworking Rudri barely makes ends meet by working on a farm.

Their lives are thrown into turmoil when Irya dreams of the village headman’s death and the appearance of nomad Siddha, who will ensure the passage of souls direct to heaven if his arrival coincides with the time of death. Kasaravalli masterfully weaves together a jigsaw of a narrative that is deeply satisfying.

The film won India’s National Film Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Film Feature Film in Kannada.

Kanyaka Talkies

Kanyaka Talkies (Virgin Talkies) | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: K.R. Manoj
Starring: Murali Gopy, Lena Kumar, Indrans, Manianpilla Raju.
Run time: 115 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2013
Language: Malayalam with English subtitles | Country: India

A gripping tale is woven around Kanyaka Talkies, a twenty-year-old movie theatre in a sleepy Kerala village, where the mainstay was the screening of softporn. The theatre owner moves away and leaves the theatre to the parish, which decides to convert it into a church. The priest who comes to the village to spread the word of the Lord is haunted by a woman’s voice. Whose voice is it? Is it the voice of the countless heroines from C grade movies, which were previously screened in the cinema? The priest is slowly driven crazy and suffers a crisis of faith. Adding to the mix is a woman who leads the double life of a home nurse and a porn star. The film deftly weaves themes of body, desire, guilt and forbidden pleasures into its racy and spellbinding narrative. Unmissable!

Khaemae Mein Matt Jhankain

Khaemae Mein Matt Jhankain (Don't Peek into the Tent) | World Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Shahbaz Sumar
Starring: Sara Haider, Zia Khan, Mahtab Murad.
Run time: 45 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2016
Language: Punjabi / Urdu with English subtitles | Country: Pakistan/India

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Made under the Zeal for Unity India-Pakistan filmmaking initiative, these films explore different facets of life in Pakistan. In Khaemae Mein Matt Jhankain, life in a remote village becomes exciting when a travelling circus pitches up in town. The men and boys of the village cannot get enough of the ravishingly beautiful trapeze artist and visit every night to catch a glimpse of her. But, there is a secret. Acclaimed Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah headlines Jeewan Hathi as a channel owner who will do anything for higher ratings. This riotously funny satire on Pakistan’s media industry explores the dark underbelly of a reality show that has the nation enthralled.

 

Khwada

Khwada (Obstacle) | International Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Bhaurao Karhade
Starring: Shashank Shende, Anil Nagarkar, Bhau Shinde.
Run time: 116 mins | Certificate: 15 |
Language: Marathi with English subtitles | Country: India

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A hot new title from the burgeoning Marathi independent film scene, Khwada is a gritty drama about a dispossessed shepherd family moving from village to village trying to find fodder for their herd in the famine hit state of Maharashtra. The younger shepherds, looking for love and brighter prospects, come into contact and clash with corrupt local landlords and trouble soon escalates into sheep rustling and bloodshed. This fascinating film lays bare the stark experiences faced by the rural poor in India while, with a twinkle in its eye, it celebrates the sweeping beauty of the Marathi rural landscape. India has been quick to recognise its merit, awarding it with a special jury prize at the country’s annual National Awards.

Kutrame Thandanai

Kutrame Thandanai (Crime is Punishment)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: M. Manikandan
Starring: Vidharth, Nasser, Rahman, Pooja Devariya, Aishwarya Rajesh
Run time: 98 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2016
Language: Tamil with English subtitles | Country: India

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Tamil Naidu’s hottest young filmmaker M.Manikandan returns to the festival after last year’s hit Kaakkaa Muttai (Crow’s Egg), with a stylish, twisted plot thriller. Mild-mannered, hard-working bachelor, Ravi has tunnel vision and is on the brink of blindness. With little in the bank, he can’t raise money for an eye transplant. He lives in a cheek-by-jowl tenement block and every day watches a young female neighbour below as she greets her male visitors. One day the police call on Ravi. The woman has been mysteriously murdered. Ravi says he saw the last two culprits, but as he is called in to testify in court, the wealthy murder culprits’ go-betweens try to bribe Ravi to refute his claim. Ravi sees a last ditched opportunity to make some money and save his sight. He embarks on the dangerous journey into corruption, where he is soon also in danger of becoming the murder suspect.

Ladli Laila (Virgin Goat)

Ladli Laila (Virgin Goat)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011

Director: Murali Nair
Starring: Raghubir Yadav, Shiela Naidu, Saurab Gharipurikar, Purnima Maudgil
Run time: 87 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2009
Language: Hindi | Country: India

Murali Nair is one of India’s most celebrated young directors, having won the prestigious Camera D’Or at Cannes for his first feature Marana Simhasanam (Throne of Death ), a surreal and hysterically funny commentary on local Indian politics.

His latest feature continues in the same vein. Raghubir Yadav, the doyen of Indian indie actors, plays Kalyan Singh, a farmer who is trying to eke out a living. Singh loves his pet she-goat Laila even more than he does his own family. Singh’s ambition is that his pet will have a kid.

The search is on for a Billy Goat that needs to be found whilst Laila is still in heat. The announcement that a local bigwig is to visit town throws a spoke into Singh’s mating plans for his beloved goat. Nair’s satire takes numerous snipes at corruption in its myriad forms but in a hilarious and warm-hearted manner.

Last Chance Mumbai (Ek Tho Chance)

Last Chance Mumbai (Ek Tho Chance)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2010

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza
Starring: Vijay Raaz , Purab Kohli, Rajat Kapoor
Run time: 120 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2009
Language: Hindi | Country: India

Monsoon Wedding’ actor Vijay Raaz leads an impressive cast of characters in this multi-strand ensemble, set in the megalopolis of modern Mumbai. Acclaimed Director Saeed Akhtar Mirza explores the connected lives of the city’s varied inhabitants over the same 24 hour period: from street kids struggling to live; a self indulgent millionaire playboy, who gets whatever girl he wants; to a sleek night thief (Raaz), who inadvertently steals from the wrong car, crossing a corrupt politician. He begins a police hunt that will bring all our characters head on, towards a spectacular road-crash finale.

Life In Pictures Adoor Gopalakrishnan Masterclass

Life in Pictures: Adoor Gopalakrishnan Masterclass

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013



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Only two filmmakers from India have won the BFI’s Sutherland Trophy – Satyajit Ray and Adoor Gopalakrishnan for his film Elippathayam in 1982. With this rare visit to London, legendary South Indian filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan will speak about his internationally successful career. Leaving his government job to study at the National Film Institute of India, Pune in 1962, he pioneered the first film society in Kerala and set up a co-operative aimed at the production, distribution and exhibition of films. Kerala has remained his base and cultural inspiration. With 11 feature films and over 30 documentaries and shorts, Gopalakrishnan’s accolades include India’s highest civilian award the Padma Vibhushan in 2006, for his contribution to the arts.

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Life is Good

Life is Good

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Ananth Mahadevan
Starring: Jackie Shroff, Rajit Kapoor, Sunita Sen Gupta, Ankita Shrivastava, Ananya Vij, Sania Anklesaria.
Run time: 98 mins | Certificate: PG | Year: 2012
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

A warm-hearted tale of a the unlikely friendship between lonely Rameshwar, a middle aged post office worker (Jackie Shroff), who is plunged into depression after the death of his mother and a 6 year old school girl Mishti, who moves in next door with her single mum. Unstoppable Mishti from day one decides that reserved Rameshwar will be her new buddy. She slowly lifts his spirits and soon changes his outlook on everything. Rameshwar witnesses the girl grow up, but struggles with the realisation that his best friend and almost daughter will one day also leave him. A great cast led by Bollywood star Jackie Shroff offer emotionally charged performances.

Love Sex Aur Dhokha

Love Sex Aur Dhokha

LIFF Festival Screening: 2010

Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Starring: Anshuman Jha, Neha Chauhan, Raj Kumar, Arya Banerjee
Run time: 155 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2009
Language: Hindi, Punjabi, English | Country: India

Shocking and gripping, this international (un-censored) version of LSD pulls no punches as it introduces us to the surveillance stuffed world of modern mega-city India. Deftly told through 3 inter-twinned stories, Banerjee takes us on a roller coaster ride of twisted tales of young love, soaked in betrayal. These are voyeuristically served up for the viewer through a spicy and intrusive mix of modern technology, online chat-date sites, amateur cameras, and supermarket surveillance equipment. Not shying away from hard social issues, the film also vividly portrays social concerns of inter-caste romance, honour killings, and blackmail, where modernity crashes headlong with age-old custom. Our lives are not our own, so be careful what you do! Don’t miss it!

Lucia

Lucia

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Pawan Kumar
Starring: Sathish, Shruthi Hariharan, Hardhika Shetty, Achyuth Kumar.
Run time: 135 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2013
Language: Kannada / English with English subtitles | Country: India

From the director of smash hit Lifeu Ishtene comes Lucia, heralding a new direction for Kannada cinema, being the industry’s first crowd funded film. An usher at a decrepit cinema suffers from insomnia. His life changes when he starts getting weird and wonderful dreams but with a caveat. Set in the teeming young metropolis that is Bangalore, the film is a turbulent ride where the lines between dreams and reality are blurred to delirious effect. Please don’t reveal the ending after you’ve watched the film. Prepare to be surprised, very surprised.

M Cream

M Cream | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Agneya Singh
Starring: Imaad Shah, Ira Dubey, Tom Alter, Auritra Ghosh, Beatrice Ordeix.
Run time: 112 mins | Certificate: 15 |
Language: Hindi/English with English subtitles | Country: India

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A group of young people from Delhi set off on a road trip to the far reaches of the Himalayas to obtain M Cream, a mythical form of hash. As they journey across the vast expanses of the mountains on their quest, tempers flare, love blooms, truths are revealed and difficult choices have to be made. An encounter with an environmental movement brings meaning to their young lives. This magically trippy film explores urban anomie as set against the lap of Mother Nature and brings to the fore the truth that the journey is more important than the destination. With their incandescent performances Imaad Shah and Ira Dubey, offspring of acclaimed actors Naseeruddin Shah and Lillette Dubey respectively, display that they have inherited their illustrious parents’ acting genes and are the bold new generation of Indian cinema.

Mani Ratnam Screen Talk

Mani Ratnam | Screen Talk

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015



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A rare on-stage interview with one of India’s most acclaimed and best loved commercial directors, widely attributed for revolutionising Tamil cinema, and inspiring Bollywood. Mani Ratnam talks about his life and career producing some of India’s most successful films of all time, which rare for commercial cinema have gained both critical awards and box office success. Ratnam’s films like Bombay, Roja, Dil Se, Nayakan and this year O Kadhal Kanmani are known for powerful socio-political scripts, sharp direction, flamboyant cinematography, crisp editing and of course unforgettable music, collaborating with composers like AR Rahman. We will also hear about his screenwriting and producer work and working with some of India’s greatest actors. Mani Ratnam was awarded the Padma Shree in 2002, one of India’s highest civilian honours.

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Mapa

Mapa (Map)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Elías León Siminiani
Starring: Elías León Siminiani.
Run time: 85 mins | Certificate: PG | Year: 2012
Language: Spanish / English with English subtitles | Country: India

A young Spanish director is fired from his job in television. Taking up his dream of making films, he travels to India hoping to make his first feature film and in the process retraces the journey made by his ex-girlfriend only to discover that his real investigation is not in India but in Madrid. However, when he gets home, things do not turn out exactly as he had expected…Halfway between documentary and fiction, Mapa is a road movie in first person, as defined by its director, a ‘movie-song’. Equally moving and wryly funny, Mapa is an evocation on how different lives can be in different halves of the globe. It won Best Documentary at the Seville Film Festival and was nominated in the same category at Spain’s prestigious Goya Awards.

Meet the Patels

Meet the Patels | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel
Starring: The Patel family.
Run time: 88 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2014
Language: English | Country: USA

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“Sharp” and “riotously funny.” – Variety.

Since its 2014 world premiere, Meet the Patels has won audience awards at festivals including Hot Docs Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and Traverse City Film Festival, and it has had a chain of sold-out screenings, making Meet the Patels the sleeper hit of the 2014-15 festival circuit. The Hollywood Reporter recently named it an Oscar contender for Best Documentary.

A wry and witty, spoof comedy doc. about the perils of meeting the girl of your dreams, but don’t worry, your parents are there to set you right and find the perfect wife. American Pie, commitment shy Ravi is making his eccentric Gujarati parents quite jittery. He is nearly 30 and un-married – why? The pressure is applied and after being mentally beaten for months Ravi finally gives up and agrees to traditional matchmaking. Delighted Mom and Pop go into overdrive sending him on a global quest to find the Mrs Patel of his dreams. All seems hopeful, until his secret, ex-girlfriend Audrey reappears.

Memories in March

Memories in March

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011

Director: Sanjoy Nag
Starring: Deepti Naval, Rituparno Ghosh, Raima Sen
Run time: 104 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2010
Language: Hindi/English/Bengali | Country: India

Intimate and riveting, debutant director Sanjoy Nag presents a delicate tale of unlikely friendship forged through tragedy. Award-winning Actor Deepti Naval plays Arati, a grieving woman who travels to Kolkata on hearing the news of her advertising executive son Siddharth’s fatal car accident.

She is let into his flat by his friend and work colleague Sahana (Raima Sen), who Aarti suspects to be his girlfriend but, sorting through her son’s things and hearing fragments of half spoken conversations, bring Arati to the realisation that she didn’t really know her son at all. The constant presence of her son’s boss Arnob (Rituparno Ghosh) and his reluctance to part with Siddharth’s personal belongings makes Arati wonder.

Soon, she reaches the shocking revelation that Arnob was Siddharth’s lover. Awkwardly the two must, for their own salvation, move forward together. With a wonderfully written script by Ghosh and charged character performances by a great cast this is a must see.

Million Dollar Arm

Million Dollar Arm | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton.
Run time: 124 mins | Certificate: PG | Year: 2014
Language: English | Country: US

Based on an inspirational true story, Million Dollar Arm is a funny and uplifting journey. US sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) travels to India in an effort to save his career by finding a young cricketer to turn into a baseball star. With the help of a retired scout (Alan Arkin) JB sets up a talent contest “The Million Dollar Arm”, discovering Rinku (Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Slumdog Millionaire’s Madhur Mittal) who have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to make a quick buck he brings them to LA to train, but the boys struggle to adjust. His livelihood on the line and relationship with the boys at stake, with the help of his friend Brenda (Lake Bell) JB realises that family and friendships are more important than sealing the deal. The film features a brilliant score from Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy winning Indian composer A.R. Rahman.

 

Moh Maya Money

Moh Maya Money (In Greed We Trust) | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Munish Bhardwaj
Starring: Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Devendra Chauhan.
Run time: 108 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2015
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

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In this fast-paced slice of Delhi noir, a crooked real estate broker who dreams of riches, embezzles money from the firm he works for and gets involved in a series of scams. But the proceeds of his schemes are not enough for his greed and when he finds out about a huge deal in his company, he passes it on to a small-time real estate broker and a thug, for a bigger piece of the pie. Soon, he gets involved in a major crime along with his wife. Matters spiral out of control, leading to murder, mayhem and an out of left field twist of a climax. Bollywood stars Ranvir Shorey (star of Cannes Golden Camera nominated Titli) and Neha Dhupia (Singh is King) are on terrific form in this cracking thriller that will leave you gasping for breath.

Monsoon

Monsoon | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Sturla Gunnarson
Starring: Moushumi Chatterjee, the Prasad family.
Run time: 108 mins | Certificate: 15 |
Language: English, Malayalam, Assamese, Marathi, Hindi with English subtitles | Country: Canada

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This documentary feature, shot in stunning 4K, is filmed across the subcontinent, charting the giant rain system’s path as it surges toward and gradually engulfs every region of India. It is a breathtaking cinematic journey into a terrain where nature, science, belief and wonder converge. It introduces us to a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are in different ways entwined with the phenomenon. For some, the great rains will be time of bountiful sustenance, for others it will be a time of great hardship. All are caught in this timeless human drama. The outstanding score, composed by London’s own Andrew T. MacKay, is based on the Malhar ragas and perfectly complements the multiple-award winning director’s epic vision.

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Monsoon Shootout

Monsoon Shootout | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Amit Kumar
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Varma, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Neeraj Kabi.
Run time: 88 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2013
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

Fresh from critical acclaim in Cannes, director Amit Kumar masterfully blends a dark cop thriller with a Sliding Doors style narrative. It explores the impact that one man’s choices make on the lives of others. As heavy monsoon rains lash the badlands of Mumbai, Adi, a gun toting, rookie cop is out on his first assignment. He faces a life altering decision, whether to shoot, or not to shoot an escaping suspect. His alternative decisions take him on a morality shredding journey, pitting him against a system where the boundaries between the law, crime and self-survival get dangerously blurred. An ensemble cast including Nawazuddin Siddiqui, offer edgy performances in this roller-coaster ride of a movie.

Naanu Avanalla Avalu (I Am Not He...She) | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: B S Lingadevaru
Starring: Sanchari Vijay, Sharada Nani, Kunal Punekar.
Run time: 115 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2014
Language: Kannada with English subtitles | Country: India

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Based on an empowering true story, Madesha is a fearless young boy from rural Karnataka who cherishes his female persona and gorgeous saris. His sister enjoys his natural flamboyance and zest for life, but his father is ashamed of him and throws him out. Madesha picks himself up and sets out on a journey that will change his life forever as he decides to become a woman. In big-city Bangalore he seeks the support of local queens and the Hijra community (Eunuchs and Transgender people), but after a perilous surgery at a backstreet sex change clinic and name change to Vidya, she decides the traditional begging and prostitute life of a Hijra is not for her. Vidya wants something better.

 

Nachom-Ia Kumpasar

Nachom-Ia Kumpasar | International Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Bardroy Barretto
Starring: Vijay Maurya, Palomi Ghosh, Prince Jacob, John D'Silva, Meenacshi Martins.
Run time: 156 mins | Certificate: 15 |
Language: Romi Konkani with English Subtitles | Country: India

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A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa, who perfected the Portuguese influenced jazz sound that became the soundtrack to Hindi cinema in the 60s and 70s, the film revolves around a married bandleader and his tempestuous relationship with his lead singer as they perform all over India, winning acclaim and hearts. Ravishing to look at and painstaking in its recreation of the era (it won India’s national film award for production design), the film is a crowd-funded and crowd-pleasing musical with glorious recreation of more than 20 Konkani-language jazz standards. Based on the real lives of musicians, the film name checks and features music legends like Chic Chocolate and Anthony Gonsalves and the immortal singer Mohammed Rafi shows up for a cameo. The film also boldly states that many classic Hindi songs of the period that are hummed even today are in reality based on the unaccredited compositions of these musicians.

Nayakan

Nayakan

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Mani Ratnam
Starring: Kamal Haasan, Saranya, Janagaraj, Nasser.
Run time: 145 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 1987
Language: Tamil with English subtitles | Country: India

We are proud to present a brand new print of this milestone of Indian cinema. Velu is a young man who ekes out a living with some petty smuggling in a Bombay Tamil slum. He becomes an instant hero when he stands up to the cruel local policeman. From then on he is the ‘Nayakan’ (Godfather) of the community and becomes one of Bombay’s most respected and feared Mafia dons. Kamal Haasan’s towering central performance, combined with Indian great Mani Ratnam’s direction and PC Sreeram’s ravishing cinematography made this an instant classic. Time magazine included the film in its list of All-Time 100 Best Films.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to watch a pivotal and epic work of Indian cinema in all its glory on the big screen.

Necklace

Necklace

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Shekhar Das
Starring: Rituparna Sengupta, Locket Chatterjee, Dipankar Dey
Run time: 110 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2011
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Country: India

A deftly delivered, charming comedy of errors set in contemporary suburban Kolkata. A corporate executive and his wife Shikha (Sengupta) face a bewildering situation when they confront a hapless burglar who has broken into their house at night. Trying to escape, the burglar leaps from their balcony and injures himself. The burglar makes out he is dying and the hapless exec and spouse now fear being sued and rush him to hospital, but then the burglar’s crazy wife arrives claiming compensation. The couple panic and invite her in to console her, all seems to be put to rights until Shikha discovers the burglar’s wife has now nicked her favourite necklace.

Nepal Charity Event With Manisha Koirala

Nepal Charity Event with Manisha Koirala | Screening Bombay

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015



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Nepalese born Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala jets into London for this Charity Gala to raise much needed funds to re-build homes in earthquake devastated Nepal. This special event organised by the festival, with Grange Hotels as the Sponsor and the Indian Ocean Disaster Relief (IODR), as the beneficiary charity with all funds raised on the night ring-fenced for Nepal, will include an exclusive screening of Bollywood classic Bombay, specially introduced by its heroine Manisha Koirala and its Director Mani Ratnam. This is accompanied by a Champagne Reception and sumptuous three course banquet and fundraiser at the 5* Grange St Pauls Hotel.

Nirbashito

Nirbashito (Banished) | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Churni Ganguly
Starring: Churni Ganguly,Raima Sen, Saswata Chatterjee.
Run time: 108 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2014
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Country: India/Sweden

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Accomplished female Actor/Director Churni Ganguly’s powerful story explores a writer’s forced exile from Bengal. The police arrive at the writer’s home and she is informed that she must leave her homeland immediately. There are numerous death threats after a furore has exploded on her writings on women’s rights and fundamentalism. Forced to abandon her beloved Persian cat and loyal friends she ends up alone in a safe house in Scandinavia, struggling to make new allies in a cold, foreign country that doesn’t understand her culture, or why she has ended up there.

 

One Crazy Thing

One Crazy Thing

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Amit Gupta
Starring: Ray Panthaki, Daisy Bevan, Dan Skinner.
Run time: 90 mins | Certificate: 15 |
Language: English | Country: UK

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This delightful charmer follows Jay, a former daytime TV star who is haunted by the sex tape that destroyed his life and turned his unknown actress girlfriend into an A-list Hollywood celebrity. As he cowers in obscurity managing his family’s Indian restaurant, he meets his dream girl Hannah, a beautiful American music student who hates modern life, and above all, dishonesty. Jay must now confront the errors of his past, rather than hiding from his future. Filled with warmth, music and delicious Indian food, the film is also a celebration of modern London in all her glory. It features a winning performance from BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Ray Panthaki and a star-making turn from Daisy Bevan, the latest entrant from the revered Redgrave acting dynasty.

Ottaal The Trap

Ottaal (The Trap)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair
Starring: Shine Tom Chacko, Kumarakom Vasavan, Ashanth K. Sha
Run time: 81 mins | Certificate: U | Year: 2015
Language: Malayalam with English subtitles | Country: India

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Master Director Jayaraj won the Crystal Bear at this year’s Berlinale with this adaption of Anton Chekhov’s social concern short story Vanka – transposing it into the sumptuous wetlands of the Southern Indian state of Kerala. Kuttappayi has lost both his parents but has been raised by his loving grandfather. Together they tend flocks of ducks in vast flooded fields and tell each other whimsical stories. Kuttappayi’s life seems good and easy and he dreams of going to school, but suddenly the old man falls ill and very soon the boy’s future is put into doubt. The hard realities of poverty, shared by so many millions of children around the world, soon mean that Kuttappayi must face a hard new future to survive.

Parched

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Leena Yadav
Starring: Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Lehar Khan
Run time: 117 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2015
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

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Director Leena Yadav tells a wonderfully joyous and inspiring tale of comradery. Four ordinary women live in a desert Gujarati village, weighed down by centuries of tradition. Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee) lost her husband at 16 and struggles to bring up her teenage son, careful to follow every village rule. Her friend Lajjo (Radhika Apte) is always brimming with positivity, but fears beatings from her drunken husband. Bijli (Surveen Chawla) is secretly Rani’s friend, she’s a local performer and prostitute, but her beauty is coming to an end along with her youth. Janaki (Lehar Khan) is a child bride to Rani’s son, secretly struggling to come to terms with a loveless marriage. As the magical festival of Dussehra approaches these friends’ bonds are put to the test, forcing them to make decisions that will dynamically change their lives forever.

Premaya Nam (Dirty Yellow Darkness)

Premaya Nam (Dirty, Yellow, Darkness)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Kalpana & Vindana Ariyawansa
Starring: Shyam Fernando, Samanalee Fonseka, Suranga Ranawaka.
Run time: 96 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2014
Language: Sinhala with English subtitles | Country: Sri Lanka

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Well educated Vishwa has a successful career in advertising and a beautiful wife, Samadi. But he suffers from severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which he conceals from the world on a daily basis. He fears that his own urine is contaminating everything around him. Unable to endure his eccentric and strange behaviour, Samadi leaves him and moves in with her parents. Lonely Vishwa loses his job and descends into a life of prescription drug abuse. His illness and addiction escalate, leaving him with no choice but to admit himself to a mental hospital for treatment to overcome his fear and win his wife back, knowing there will be heavy social consequences in a culture that greatly stigmatises mental illness. Told with heart and humour, this beautiful true story is based on co-director Vindana Ariyawansa’s own experience of suffering from OCD and shows that sometimes love is the prescription.

Pune 52

Pune 52

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Nikhil Mahajan
Starring: Girish Kulkarni, Sonali Kulkarni, Sai Tamhankar, Bharti Achrekar.
Run time: 121 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2013
Language: Marathi with English subtitles | Country: India

The life of a private detective undergoes a dramatic change when he takes up a case that is deeply personal and highly complex. Set in the year 1992, against the backdrop of the finance reform policy that spiralled the Indian middle class into a tizzy of consumerism, reforming everything, including their relationships, Pune 52 is a heartbreaking love story blended with a edge of the seat thriller complete with femme fatales and corrupt officialdom where nothing is as it seems and there is a twist lurking around every corner. This crackling tale is a standard bearer showcasing the continuing resurgence of Marathi cinema.

Qissa

Qissa: The Tale of A Lonely Ghost | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Anup Singh
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome, Rasika Dugal.
Run time: 109 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2013
Language: Punjabi with English subtitles | Country: India, Germany, Netherlands, France

Acclaimed actor and LIFF 2013 guest Irrfan Khan (Lunchbox, Life of Pi), plays the role of Umber Singh, a rural Sikh, dispossessed from his homeland by the Partition. He obsessively focuses on the ‘ideal’ of having a son and heir, but as his fourth daughter is born he hides the child’s true identity, she becomes the son of his dreams, but at a terrible cost. Deftly directed by Anup Singh with stunning performances from an ensemble cast including Tillotama Shome as the ‘son’.

Queens Destiny of Dance

Queens! Destiny of Dance

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: David Atkins
Starring: Seema Biswas, Vineeth, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi
Run time: 112 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2011
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

Glamour, treachery, dancing and fab outfits; Queens! Destiny of Dance is set in a palace owned by head transvestite Ammu, played by Seema Biswas (of Bandit Queen fame). Ammu is a mother figure to a gaggle of gorgeous transvestites. The pecking order in the palace is nicely settled, led by Ammu’s favourite Mukta that is until new ‘girl’ Nandini arrives. She is not only more beautiful and younger than Mukta, but also a better dancer. Ammu immediately switches her affections to Nandini and ageing Mukta is out in the cold. When Nandini suddenly disappears all hell breaks out and Mukta stands accused.

 

Ramsingh Charlie

Ramsingh Charlie

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Nitin Kakkar
Starring: Kumud Mishra, Divya Dutta.
Run time: 104 mins | Certificate: PG | Year: 2016
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

In this tragi-comic tale, Ramsingh, a Charlie Chaplin impersonator, performs in a travelling circus. He is unexpectedly thrown into the bigger circus of life where he has to now juggle between his role as a father and that of a performer, all without a safety net. Facing a crisis of confidence as an artist, he must now brave the odds for one last shot at the sparkling lights of show business. He loses a little of himself in a world that has little space for dreams. Along the journey he realises that to do what he wants, he’ll do what he has to do. Kumud Mishra, known for his roles in Bollywood blockbusters like Rockstar and Airlift, delivers the performance of his life as Charlie, blending pathos and comedy into a bravura package. This is one of those rare films that will have you wiping a tear while at the same time grinning broadly.

Rang Rasiya

Rang Rasiya (Colours of Passion)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011

Director: Ketan Mehta
Starring: Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen, Paresh Rawal, Ferena Wazeir.
Run time: 129 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2008
Language: Hindi, English | Country: India

Both strikingly beautiful and audacious, Ketan Mehta’s film charts the life of the great Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma (played by Randeep Hooda), from his early days under the patronage of a King of Kerala, moving on to British Bombay in the late 1800s, where he makes his fortune.

Here the genius gives birth to Indian modern art and helps inspire the independence movement and the dawning of Indian cinema with his depictions, which bring to life the Hindu gods and goddesses. He must first find his muse who comes in the lavish form of Sugandha (Nandana Sen). Varma’s fascination for his model turns into a torrid, paint-smeared, love affair, which is reflected in his art. The religious power brokers see his increasingly eroticised work as dangerous and Varma is dragged to the British courts to be tried for blasphemy.

Mehta’s homage offers not only a spectacular insight into a turning point in Indian history, but also questions the freedom of the artist in contemporary society. Not to be missed!

Ringan (the quest)

Ringan (The Quest)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Makarand Mane
Starring: Shashank Shende, Saahil Joshi, Suhas Sirsat, Kalyanee Mulay.
Run time: 105 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2015
Language: Marathi with English subtitles | Country: India

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This moving father and son drama is set against the backdrop of farmer suicides in the drought-stricken state of Maharashtra. Arjun, the father develops suicidal tendencies due to debts caused by drought. But his love and concern for his stubborn son, Abhimanyu, motivates him to earn the money needed to buy back his ancestral land. He reluctantly takes his son with him when he leaves the village in search of work. They travel across the state and reach the holy town of Pandharpur, where Arjun finds work and Abhimanyu goes in obsessive search of his mother, who has been told, has gone to the Abode of God, which is Pandharpur. The film is a touching, stirring story of unbridled paternal love and fighting against trying circumstances to overcome the odds. It is also a clarion call to that greatest of human emotions – hope.

Road to Sangam

Road to Sangam

LIFF Festival Screening: 2010

Director: Amit Rai
Starring: Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Tushar Gandhi
Run time: 135 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2009
Language: Hindi | Country: India

Mahatma Gandhi still evokes powerful feelings of sacrifice and secularism for many Indians today, over 60 years after his death. Some of Gandhiji’s ashes, which must be taken to the Hindu holy river ‘Sangam’, are discovered. A devout Muslim mechanic Hashmat (Paresh Rawal), has been entrusted the job of repairing the historic lorry that will carry the last ashes of the Mahatma. Hashmat is, however, caught in a complex situation when two innocent Muslim youths are arrested by police in his locality and are accused of terrorism. A strike to work is called by a prominent Muslim leader, played by Om Puri (East is East), to protest against this unjust treatment. As pressure increases, Hashmat is torn between whether to obey the strike and down tools, or follow his other ideals and strive to finish his work in honour of the great leader.

Runway

Runway

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Tareque Masud
Starring: Fazlul Haque, Rabeya Akter Moni, Ali Ahsan
Run time: 90 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2010
Language: Bangla with English subtitles | Country: Bangladesh

Winner of a Cannes prize for his triumph The Clay Bird, this is the last offering from Tareque Masud who tragically died in an accident last year. Teenage Ruhul lives with his family in a small hut next to the runway of Dhaka international airport. His family struggle to make a living while he spends his days wandering under the shadow of the planes, aimless and frustrated in his futile efforts to find work. One day at a cyber-cafe he meets computer geek Arif (Ahsan) who introduces him to a group of other young men and what seems an inspiring new religious sect, but all is not what it seems and he quickly gets pulled into a world of violent revolutionary politics.

Saari Raat

Saari Raat (All Night) | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Aparna Sen
Starring: Konkona Sen Sharma, Anjan Dutt, Ritwick Chakraborty.
Run time: 82 mins | Certificate: U |
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

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Based on renowned playwright Badal Sarkar’s eponymous work, the film is set over one long dark and stormy night where a holidaying couple take shelter from a storm in what appears to be an abandoned house. To their surprise, an elderly man appears who is by turn hospitable and cantankerous. The night that the man and woman spend with their mysterious host turns out to be a crucial one in their lives. He draws out of them secrets that they had never known about themselves, or about each other. The husband is a realist and shrugs off his discomfiture, but his wife detects the ambiguity behind the old man’s remarks and begins to question his motives. Aparna Sen adeptly uses light, shadow and sound to create a mysterious world in which Konkona Sen Sharma gives a compelling performance.

Santosh Sivan Masterclass

Santosh Sivan | Masterclass

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014



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Santosh Sivan is India’s foremost and most awarded cinematographer. He is also the only Indian member of the American Society of Cinematographers. He shot to prominence on the national stage with Mani Ratnam’s Thalapathi and is celebrated for his work on Roja, Dil Se, Iruvar and Kaala Pani. His international credits include Bride & Prejudice and Mistress Of Spices. Sivan debuted as director with Halo followed by Malli , both films aimed at children. The world took notice of his next film The Terrorist (premiered at BFI London Film Festival), about a suicide bomber wrestling with her conscience. John Malkovich championed the film and ensured that it found global distribution.

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Satyajit Ray Foundation's Short Film Competition 2011 (Brom)

Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition 2011

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011

Director: Various
Starring: Various
Run time: 95 mins | Certificate: 12A |
Language: Various, with English subtitles | Country: India/UK

2011 WINNER: AMAR 

LIFF has once again teamed up with the Satyajit Ray Foundation to present its prestigious Satyajit Ray Foundation Competition. The final short-list has been selected and will previewed at a free screening at the Nehru Centre on 4 July at 18.30pm.

 

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE 2012 SHORTLISTED FILMS:

 

AMAR

Director: Andrew Hinton | Country: UK

All great achievements require time. Amar is 14 and top of his class. Someday he’d like to be a professional cricketer but for now he’s the family’s main breadwinner. An observational documentary which leads us through Amar’s daily routine.

 

THE TALKING WALLS OF LAHORE

Director: Numra Siddiqui | Country: UK

Graffiti is everywhere in Pakistan’s cultural heartland. Words consume the city’s visible spaces, from herbal practitioners advertising impotency cures to political and religious slogans. In a country battling economic and political instability, these ‘wall chalkings’ form a rich amalgamation of contradictory messages. The act of writing becomes emancipation, defying forces that attempt to bind individual expression.

 

MY LAD

Director: Sami Khan | Country: UK

Abdul has been hiding out in his launderette for days, unable to deal with the world outside. Despite pleas from his brother, Abdul is determined to run from the one thing he has to accept. Fate.

 

BOXING LADIES

Director: Anusha Nanakumar | Country: India

Zainab, Bushra and Sughra are three spirited, teenage sisters living in a small slum in Kolkata. They are also national level boxers. As the girls dream of rising above their living conditions, the film challenges the stereotype of young Muslim women.

 

ZAROORAT (DESPERATION)

Director: George Mangalath Thomas | Country: India

Asif, a street hawker, is confronted by a simple need – he must earn some money; just enough to buy some food. Which has it’s own complications – particularly when confronted with a corrupt local policeman and the corporation bulldozers poised to demolish his home…

 

VITTHAL

Director: Vinoo Choliparambil | Country: India

Vitthal is angry, very angry. Following the death of his grandfather, according to Hindu death rituals, his parents have shaved off his hair. For 12 year old Vitthal, his world is shattered.

 

HOME

Director: Krish Shrikumar | Country: UK

The man’s memories of home have become more vivid with time. This is the story of his journey back to a place only he knows he can return to… A short meditation on ‘Home’ as a place far beyond the imagination.

Satyajit Ray Foundation's Short Film Competition 2012 (amar)

Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition 2012

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Various
Starring: Various
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Language: Various, with English subtitles | Country: India/UK/Germany

2012 WINNER: SHOR 

The 2012 Shortlisted films will screen in a special free programme at the Nehru Centre on 27 June at 18:30. The winning film will be announced at the closing night ceremony on 3 July, at Cineworld Haymarket.

JURY:  Eran Creevy (dir SHIFTY, WELCOME TO THE PUNCH) Suri Krishnamma (dir BAD KARMA) Andrew Hinton (dir Amar, 2011 short film winner), Satwant Gill (LIFF, Jury Chair).

 

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE 2012 SHORTLISTED FILMS:

 

AYESHA

Director: Farzana Tipurita | Country: UK

The story of a British Pakistani woman at a crossroads, forced to choose between her family and her own desires.

RAJU

Director: Max Zarhle | Country: Germany

A German couple adopts an Indian orphan in Kolkata. When the child suddenly disappears they realise that they are part of the problem.

KHALEEL KHAN KE FAAKHTEY (DIRTY DOVES)

Director: Rizwan Siddiqui | Country: India

The old man had claimed the past as his own. The beauty of memories savoured and retold a million times to anyone who cared to listen, was all that mattered. Now, refusing to be deterred from his journey, it was time to confront that past…

MAYA

Director: Naina Panemanglor Country: UK

In a tiny first class train cabin, self assured Mohan Bhatt encounters his first love, Maya Rao. Maya, now married, is travelling with her husband and son. Pretending to be strangers at first, Mohan and Maya slowly come to terms with a past they thought they had left behind.

SHOR (NOISE)

Director: Neeraj Ghaywan | Country: India

Barely surviving in the seedy ghettos of Mumbai, Lallam and Meena find each other while embracing death, divorce, and redemption.

UNRAVEL

Director: Meghna Gupta | Country: UK

When the Western world no longer wants it clothes, they are sent to a textile recycling factory in the sleepy town of Panipat, Northern India. Bright and inquisitive factory worker Reshma and her co-workers, reflect on these clothes. Despite limited exposure to western culture, they construct a picture of how the West is, using both their imagination and rumours that travel with the cast off garments.

Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition 2013

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Various
Starring: Various
Run time: 90 mins | Certificate: 12A |
Language: Various, with English subtitles | Country: India/UK/USA/Canada

2013 WINNER: KAUN KAMLESHWAR 

The 2013 Shortlisted films will screen in a special free programme at the Nehru Centre on 23 July at 18:30. The winner of the £1,000 award will be announced on Thursday 25 July, at the Cineworld Haymarket during the closing night Gala.

JURY:  Atif Ghani (Prod Ill Manors) Kim Longinotto (Dir. Salma, Pink Saris) Sunny Grewal (Sunny & Shay Show, BBC London) Meghna Gupta (Shorts Dir: Unravel) Satwant Gill (LIFF).

 

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE 2013 SHORTLISTED FILMS:

 

CALCUTTA TAXI

Director: Vikram Dasgupta | Country: Canada

A young Art College student finds his backpack stolen on the day of a political strike. Set in the grimy backdrop of a city going through a political crisis, Calcutta Taxi unravels the story of three lives that coincide and affect each other. Each one having lost and found some things in this chance encounter of life.

I AM MICRO

Director: Shumona Goel & Shai Heredia | Country: India

Shot in the passages of an abandoned optics factory and centered on the activities of a low-budget film crew, I Am Micro is an experimental essay about filmmaking, the medium of film, and the spirit of making independent cinema.

FAUX DÉPART (FALSE START)

Director: Shekhar Bassi | Country: UK

Fahim and Haashid, friends borne of necessity and neither speaking the others language, sit on a secluded French beachhead. Ill prepared and uninformed, the men plan for their journey to England in search of a better life.

SIKH FORMAGGIO

Director: Katie Wise, Devyn Bisson, Dan Duran | Country: USA

After emigrating from India to Italy in search of jobs familiar to their agricultural roots, a Sikh community finds work within the struggling Italian Parmesan industry. As the Sikhs attempt to keep their culture and traditions strong in their new home, they are also helping to preserve a piece of Italy’s culture – the art of making parmigiano reggiano cheese.

ON MIGRATION

Director: Asheq Akhtar | Country: UK

A short film about the early experiences of migrants from Bangladesh and India, using verbatim accounts from the director’s parents as they recount their personal journeys arriving in 1970’s England.

KAUN KAMLESHWAR?

Director: Anurag Goswami | Country: India

Brothers Madhav and Raghu travel back to their village with a clear mission – to find Kamleshwar and put an end to their troubles. Fate, however, takes an unexpected turn…

Satyajit Ray Foundation's Short Film Competition 2014

Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition 2014

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Various
Starring: Various
Run time: 115 mins | Certificate: 12A |
Language: Various, with English subtitles | Country: India/UK/USA

Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition 2015

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Various
Starring: Various
Run time: 95 mins | Certificate: 12A |
Language: Various, with English subtitles | Country: India/UK

2015 WINNER: KHARGOSH (RABBIT) 

LIFF presents the prestigious annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition in association with the Bagri Foundation. The winner of the £1,000 award will be announced on 23 July at the Closing Night Gala.

JURY:  Amrita Acharia (Actress), Ken Marshall (Producer), Sathnam Sanghera (Author and columnist), Shazia Mirza (Comedian and columnist), Satwant Gill (LIFF, Jury Chair).

 

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE 2015 SHORTLISTED FILMS:

 

JAYA

Director: Puja Maewal | Run time: 18 mins | Country: USA

Young Jaya survives brutal gang life on Mumbai’s unforgiving streets by posing as a boy. When she meets a wealthy businessman who may be the father who abandoned her, she sets out to reclaim her identity.

THREE BROTHERS

Director: Aleem Khan | Run time: 16 mins | Country: UK

Teenager Hamid is unexpectedly thrust into the role of carer for his younger siblings. Ill equipped for this responsibility he needs to use all his resourcefulness to hold the family together. Nominated for a Best Short Film BAFTA in 2015.

GOONJ (ECHO)

Director: Madhuri Ravishankar | Run time: 18 mins | Country: India

An intimate documentary about 5 year old Zuvaria, the only person in her family who is hearing impaired. She is also highly spirited, often stubborn, full of curiosity about the world and has an indomitable zest for life.

KHARGOSH (RABBIT)

Director: Sudarshan Suresh | Run time: 14 mins | Country: India/USA

A debt ridden farmer struggles to keep afloat amidst mounting pressure from his money lenders. When his young daughter decides to adopt a stray rabbit, the relationship between father and child is put to the test.

IFTAR

Director: SGiri M Coneti | Run time: 9 mins | Country: USA

A debt ridden farmer struggles to keep afloat amidst mounting pressure from his money lenders. When his young daughter decides to adopt a stray rabbit, the relationship between father and child is put to the test.

DUM DUM DEEGA DEEGA (DANCING IN THE RAIN)

Director: Ayush Kapur | Run time: 15 mins | Country: India

Ajju lives on the streets of Mumbai; determined not to share the same fate as his drunken father, he has big dreams for his future. He just needs the right opportunity to present itself…

Khargosh

Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition 2016

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Various
Starring: Various
Run time: 90 mins | Certificate: 12A |
Language: Various, with English subtitles | Country: India/UK

2016 WINNER: MOCHI (THE COBBLER) 

LIFF presents the prestigious annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition in association with the Bagri Foundation.

JURY: Alka Bagri (Bagri Foundation), Aleem Khan (Film maker), Aditi Khanna (Senior Correspondent, Press Trust of India), Menelik Shabazz (Film maker) & Satwant Gill (LIFF, Jury Chair).

 

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE 2016 SHORTLISTED FILMS:

 

MOCHI (THE COBBLER)

Director: Saqib Pandor | Run time: 19 mins | Country: India

Gopal, a Mumbai cobbler at a railway station, struggles to make ends meet in his minimum wage job. With a growing son, it takes a fine balance to manage the family finances. It just takes one careless mistake…

MARRIAGE BAZAA

Director: Vijay Kumar  | Run time: 12 mins | Country: India

The consequences of female infanticide in Haryana has caused a growing gender imbalance. Increasingly, prospective grooms need to look further afield when choosing a wife who, like Rekha, may be from a different culture and caste. Often these women, far from home, have to deal with racism and suspicion from within their new family units.

CHARIOT RIDERS

Director: Samir Mehanovic | Run time: 22 mins | Country: UK

Afghani refugee Ali and his brother have just arrived in Turkey where, surrounded by many other refugees, his family tries to build a new life. The boys earn their living shining shoes. When one day their spot has been taken, their fragile existence and dreams of a better future hang by a thread.

CHHAYA

Director: Debanjan Nandy | Run time: 10 mins | Country: UK/India

An old man trapped in a mundane senior centre is living the memory of his beloved wife through his own shadow. But as his past sets in threatening his present, Prakash finds himself facing a difficult question: is he living a mesmerizing but unreal dream or life itself?

PLAYGROUNDS

Director: Pallavi MD, Shamik Sen Gupta  | Run time: 18 mins | Country: India

During a game of hide ‘n’ seek, 3 year old Murli hides in an auto rickshaw and falls asleep. He wakes up in a different neighbourhood with an angry man shouting at him in a language he doesn’t understand.

Shahid

Shahid

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Hansal Mehta
Starring: Raj Kumar Yadav, Prabhleen Sandhu, Baljinder Kaur, Tigmanshu Dhulia, KK Menon.
| Year: 2012
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

Hansal Mehta’s powerful tour de force is based on the real-life trials of activist Indian lawyer Shahid Azmi. It was world premiered at Toronto Film Festival and has since been a hit at festivals around the world. Shahid (Raj Kumar Yadav) is a young Muslim man who gets drawn into a radical group and joins a militant camp in Pakistan Kashmir. He however realises violence is not his path and escapes the camp, but is caught by the police and ends up in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. Here he meets his mentor who encourages the bright young man to study a law degree. On release the dynamic Shahid throws himself into hottest part of the legal system, defending Muslims accused of acts of terrorism by the state. As his success in getting acquittals cause dark powers to gather against him, Shahid takes on his greatest and most controversial case, defending one of the men accused of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. The film is sharply shot and edited and it offers a vivid insight into the legal and political mechanisms of modern India.

Pratibha-Parmar-Beauty In Truth

Shakti and the Early Works of Pratibha Parmar

LIFF Festival Screening: 2017



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Award-winning filmmaker, artist and professor Pratibha Parmar joins us for a special screening and panel discussion with  Poulomi Desai, Co-founder of Shakti, Kim Mulji and Cary Rajinder Sawhney, LIFF

History is said to be written by the winners, however, powerful narratives from alternative, diverse storytellers also shape our culture. 30 years ago, one of the world’s first South Asian LGBTQ+ activist groups, Shakti, started in London. It paved the way for NAZ Project, which helped ignite the Indian LGBTQ+ movement and a new generation of proud queers. Award-winning filmmaker, artist and professor Pratibha Parmar captured the historic birth of this cross-national community with her pioneering films about early British Asian experience, including the iconic Sari Red, which will be screened alongside Khush, Brimful of Asia, and other groundbreaking South Asian films.

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Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur: A Life with Elizabeth

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Shekhar Kapur

| Year: 2016

A rare opportunity to hear the erudite views of Shekhar Kapur, best known globally for Oscar nominated Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age with Cate Blanchett, with the third film in the series being planned. Shekhar Kapur trained as a chartered accountant in London at the behest of his parents, but later bucked middle- class tradition by becoming an actor in Mumbai with the film Jaan Hazir Hai (1975). Switching to a directorial role Shekhar came to prominence with films like Masoom (1983) and his greatest Indian hit Mr India (1987), one of the most-loved Bollywood films of all time, with Amrish Puri as the timeless villain Mogambo! Unlike most other successful Indian directors who have remained fixed within the Bollywood canon, Shekhar jumped into the global frame with Channel Four’s hit film Bandit Queen (1994), introducing Seema Biswas to the world as a groundbreaking female desperado. Kapur continues to work tirelessly in film and television from Bollywood to LA.

Shekhar Kapur will be presented with the Sun Mark Ltd LIFF Icon Award© for his outstanding contribution to cinema.

Shongram

Shongram (Struggle) | World Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Munsur Ali
Starring: Anupam Kher, Asia Argento, Amaan Reza, Dilruba Yasmeen Ruhee.
Run time: 103 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2014
Language: Bangla with English subtitles | Country: Bangladesh / UK

In this powerful romantic drama set during the 1971 liberation struggle of Bangladesh, a London reporter interviews a British Bengali on his deathbed, where four decades later, Karim is able to recall and finally share his past. We are transported to 1971, when Bangladesh was still East Pakistan and a young Karim (a Muslim) is in love with a beautiful Asha (a Hindu). Their peaceful village life is suddenly interrupted by war and Karim must grow up fast to survive in an era where mass killings and abduction was common. He must also carry out his duty to his people and seek revenge before he can finally search for Asha, who has gone missing. Bangladesh’s stunning vistas are captured as never seen before and act as a counterpoint to the brutal horrors of war. Profound, potent and poignant, the emotional swoop of this mesmerising film will enthral, entertain and educate in equal measure.

Shukno Lanka (Dry Red Chillies)

Shukno Lanka (Dry Red Chillies)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011

Director: Gaurav Pandey
Starring: Mithun Chakraborty, Sabyasachi Chakraborty
Run time: 110 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2010
Language: Hindi | Country: India

It may be a surprise to some that actor Mithun Chakraborty, Bollywood’s original Disco Dancer, is also a fine performer with some serious acting chops, having won the coveted Best Actor gong at India’s National Film Awards twice and Best Supporting Actor once. Here, he plays a veteran, bit-part actor Chinu Nandy, in the commercial Bengali film industry (aka Tollywood).

Nandy has resigned himself to lesser roles in the shadows of younger and less talented heroes, but gets the shock of his life when an award-winning director Joy Sundar Sen (Sabyasachi) decides to cast him as the lead in his next big film. Nandy feels distinctly uncomfortable with his return to the spotlight, but supported by his wife, musters his energy for his greatest performance.

This well scripted tale manages the triple feats of humorously skewering Tollywood practices, lampooning pretentious art-house filmmakers, but above all celebrating the pleasures of a happy marriage and growing old with your partner. This is a film that will leave you with a tear in your eye and a smile on your lips.

Sold

Sold | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Jeffrey D Brown
Starring: Gillian Anderson, Seema Biswas, David Arquette, Niyar Saikia, Tillotama Shome, Parambrata Chatterjee.
Run time: 97 mins | Certificate: 15 |
Language: English | Country: USA

Sold is a remarkable film based on Particia McCormick’s bestseller which tells the tale of Laxmi (Niyar Saikia), a young Nepali girl who lives an impoverished life with her parents in the Himalayas. One day a lady comes to visit offering to take Laxmi to work as a domestic servant in Kolkata. Laxmi’s father agrees and she is led down the mountain and soon ends up in Kolkata only to realise that she has been trafficked into a brothel. Laxmi makes a bid to escape. Her cries for help attract the attention of a US photographer (Gillian Anderson), who helps local agencies spearhead a dangerous mission to rescue her. Superbly scripted with powerful performances including by Seema Biswas and Tillotama Shome.

Songs of Lahore

Songs of Lahore | London Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Starring: Sachal Jazz Ensemble
Run time: 82 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2015
Language: English/Punjabi/Urdu with English subtitles | Country: Pakistan/USA

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Lahore has always been world-renowned for its music. With the increased Islamisation of Pakistan in the 1970s, many of the city’s celebrated musicians have struggled, but this film spotlights one group, the internationally acclaimed Sachal Jazz Ensemble, who have kept on playing. When their unique mix of traditional music with Western flare gets the attention of jazz supremo Wynton Marsalis they are invited to New York.

The Bagri Foundation supports documentary films as a powerful medium to raise social awareness.

Sulemani Keeda

Sulemani Keeda (Writers) | European Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Amit V Masurkar
Starring: Naveen Kasturia, Mayank Tewari, Aditi Vasudev.
Run time: 89 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2014
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India / US

Two struggling writers dare to dream big and try to peddle their screenplay in Bollywood. Perennially hungry and horny, they lie, drink, hit on unsuspecting girls in bookshops and attend poetry readings where they read their vulgar verses. Things look bright when they meet a bizarre wannabe auteur who wants to make a film inspired by Tarkovsky and commissions them to come up with a script idea. When one of the writers falls in love with a woman who is leaving India in a matter of days, he is faced with a choice – whether to co-write a film he doesn’t believe in or woo the girl he has fallen in love with. This racy romp through the filmi underbelly of suburban Mumbai is also richly populated with a host of Bollywood celebrities in cameos, playing themselves. We’re not telling you who they are – come and find out for yourselves!

Tasher Desh

Tasher Desh (The Land of Cards)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Q.
Starring: Joyraj Bhattacharjee, Rii Sen, Soumyak Kanti De Biswas, Anubrata Basu, Tillotama Shome, Tinu Verghese, Imaad Shah.
Run time: 114 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2012
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Country: India

After shocking the world with Gandu, Director Q returns with this psychedelic take on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s namesake play. A prince and his friend, trapped in a crumbling palace, invoke an Oracle who passes on a message of liberation. They flee the palace and shipwrecked on a paradise island, they encounter a strange culture. The islanders are all soldiers, who call themselves The Cards, and live by a code of rules that outlaws any human behaviour. Thanks to the new arrivals the land of cards sees dissent for the first time. Shot through with lush eroticism, the film boasts a soundtrack featuring acclaimed musicians Asian Dub Foundation, Susheela Raman, Sam Mills, Eric Truffaz, Moog Conspiracy and Anusheh.

That Girl in the Yellow Boots

That Girl in Yellow Boots

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011

Director: Anurag Kashyap
Starring: Kalki Koechlin, Naseeruddin Shah, Gulshan Devaiya
Run time: 107 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2010
Language: Hindi | Country: India

Mumbai’s leading independent filmmaker Anurag Kashyap pushes the envelope in narrating the tale of Ruth, of mixed British/Indian parentage, who comes to Mumbai in search of her absent father.

Ruth is soon caught up in the seamier side of Mumbai, where a potent mix of gangsters, massage parlours providing ‘happy endings’, drug dealers and ashram dwellers collide. Kashyap captures the authentic Mumbai, shooting solely at real locations, eschewing the ersatz sets Bollywood is known for and crafts a cutting edge exploration of Mumbai’s underbelly.

Kalki Koechlin delivers the performance of her life as the bruised, vulnerable, yet mentally strong Ruth and is ably supported by revered veteran Naseeruddin Shah.

Followed by Q&A with Director Anurag Kashyap at BFI Southbank.

The Bright Day

The Bright Day

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Mohit Takalkar
Starring: Sarang Sathaye, Radhika Apte, Shernaz Patel, Rajit Kapur, Mohan Agashe, Kelly Marie Miller.
Run time: 94 mins | Certificate: 15 |
Language: Hindi / Marathi with English subtitles | Country: India

An unfocused young man cannot get to grips with his humdrum middle class life and yearns for more. He leaves behind his family and girlfriend and goes on a trip across India to find himself. Mohit Takalkar’s stunning debut is a visual extravaganza taking in the sights and sounds of India, including temples, rivers, palaces and deserts like never seen before. Even those familiar with India will find plenty to marvel at as Takalkar finds physical and spiritual beauty in the unlikeliest of spaces. The story is based on a long backpacking journey around India by Takalkar and leading man Sathaye that led to them finding their inner core.

The Crow's Egg

The Crow's Egg (Kaakkaa Muttai)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: M. Manikandan
Starring: Ramesh, Vignesh , Iswarya Rajesh.
Run time: 99 mins | Certificate: U | Year: 2014
Language: Tamil with English subtitles | Country: India

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This delightful family tale has echoes of Slumdog Millionaire. When a pizza parlour opens near their playground, two carefree slum boys are consumed by the desire to taste this new foreign dish. Realising that one pizza costs more than their family’s monthly income, they develop schemes to earn more money – inadvertently beginning an adventure that will involve the entire city, but money is one thing and entry into a middle class establishment is another. M. Makinkandan’s hopeful film avoids the usual emotionalism associated with depictions of poor children and instead takes us on a journey that is an insightful view of class aspiration in today’s big city India.

The Good Road

The Good Road

LIFF Festival Screening: 2013

Director: Gyan Correa
Starring: Sonali Kulkarni, Ajay Gehi, Keval Katrodia, Poonam Kesar Singh, Shamji Dhana Kerasia, Priyank Upadhyay.
Run time: 89 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2013
Language: Gujarati with English subtitles | Country: India

A metaphysical road movie following three sets of people as they travel along a desolate stretch of highway in India’s Kutch region. A young boy from Mumbai separated from his parents, is befriended by a truck driver and his surly assistant who are on a perilous smuggling trip and a young girl on a deeply personal quest is in imminent danger of becoming part of the flesh trade. Over the course of 24 hours these and several other lives collide and hurtle inexorably towards a finale. The stark beauty of one of India’s most isolated and dangerous locations is strikingly captured in this debut feature.

The Last Adieu

The Last Adieu | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Shabnam Sukhdev

Run time: 90 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2014
Language: Hindi/English with English subtitles | Country: India

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Using the documentary format Shabnam Sukhdev goes on an exploratory quest to connect with her father who passed away suddenly when she was just 14. On this journey she discovers that her celebrity filmmaker father partied hard with stars like the young Amitabh and won awards at Berlin Film Festival in the 1960s, but she also uncovers his private home life and the delicate balance between her father and mother’s relationship that she missed as a girl. These and many other insights help Shabnam and the audience more fully understand the complexity of her dad who was India’s greatest documentary filmmaker S.Sukdev.

The Bagri Foundation supports documentary films as a powerful medium to raise social awareness.

The Master Shyam Benegal

The Master: Shyam Benegal | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Khalid Mohamed.

Run time: 90 mins | Certificate: U |
Language: Hindi/English with English subtitles | Country: India

A fascinating documentary about one of India’s greatest independent filmmakers, who as a truant schoolboy ran off to the cinema to adore Hollywood and Soviet cinema. The film charts his emergence from advertising to become a leading filmmaker of the Indian New Wave of the 1970s with hard edged social issue classics like Ankur, Nishant, Manthan and Bhumika through to more modern hits like Zubeidaa and the hit comedy Welcome to Sajjanpur. The film avoids the usual platitudes exploring the man and filmmaker, with a rich mix of insights by many celebrated film professionals including actors Shabana Azmi and Kareena Kapoor, who have shared his filmic journey so far.

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The White Elephant

The White Elephant

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011

Director: Aijaz Khan
Starring: Prashant Narayanan, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Neena Gupta.
Run time: 115 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2009
Language: Hindi | Country: India

A delightful and warm-hearted family film, The White Elephant takes us to traditional rural Kerala where elephants are still very much part of religious custom. It is time for the holiest of ceremonial elephants to choose which one of the local villagers will feed and look after him for the coming year.

This is a great honour, but also a heavy financial burden as elephants have big appetites. The local priest is sure he will end up in the care of the local landlord, but the wily Haathi has other plans and with his trunk taps the local drunk on the shoulder. The villagers are shocked, the drunk and his family are beside themselves, but custom and the elephant god must be obeyed.

Tigers

Tigers | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Danis Tanović
Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Danny Huston, Geetanjali Thapa, Maryam D'Abo.
Run time: 90 mins | Certificate: 12A |
Language: Urdu, English, German, with English subtitles | Country: India, France, Germany

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A pharmaceutical salesman selling local brands in Pakistan struggles to support his family and his young wife until he lands his dream job of working for a global giant in the industry. He quickly achieves success at selling the multinational’s baby formula and rapidly rises up the ranks, socially and economically. One day he discovers that the formula he sells causes the deaths of hundreds of babies. Sickened to the core, he quits and begins a lone and dangerous battle against his former employers who have all the resources in the world and governments in their pocket. It is a typically hard-hitting film from Oscar-winning director Danis Tanović (No Man’s Land). In a role radically different from his serial kissing Bollywood films, Emraan Hashmi is a powerhouse in the central role of the salesman who stands up for justice against an all-powerful corporation.

Toba Tek Singh

Toba Tek Singh | World Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016

Director: Ketan Mehta
Starring: Pankaj Kapur, Vinay Pathak
Run time: 75 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2016
Language: Hindi / Punjabi with English subtitles | Country: India

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Acclaimed director Ketan Mehta delivers this unforgettably moving and at times joyous version of Manto’s legendary story, produced by the Zeal for Unity project. Award-winning actor Pankaj Kapur gives a career defining performance as Bishen Singh, a Sikh inmate of a mental institution, who hasn’t slept for 15 years and always asks the same question “Where is Toba Tek Singh?”, the name of his home village. The new warden, played by Vinay Pathak, takes delight in Bishen and the other patients’ eccentricities. However, with the Partition of India and Pakistan it seems that the world outside is more insane than the folk inside, and the institution must give up all its Hindu and Sikh inmates. Singh is marched to the new border, but in which country is his beloved home?

Tooting Broadway

Tooting Broadway

LIFF Festival Screening: 2012

Director: Devanand Shanmugam
Starring: Elizabeth Henstridge, Nav Sidhu, Oliver Cotton, Kabelan Verlkumar.
Run time: 95 mins | Certificate: 18 |
Language: English | Country: UK

A racy urban crime drama set in 2009 whose South London location lends a gritty feel to a fast paced story. 24 hours before the Tamil protests outside the Houses of Parliament, Arun (Sidhu) returns home to stop his younger brother Ruthi (Verlkumar) from participating in a criminal act that could ruin his life. Arun is granted a day by his mysterious employer, Marcus (Cotton) to talk Ruthi round. Once back he meets an old flame, Kate (Henstridge) who is struggling with a big decision herself while Arun’s friendship with a gang leader threatens to suck him back into a world he left behind. The political tension provides the backdrop for Arun’s need to forge a life away from his past versus his obligation to his family, friends and his Tamil roots. Tooting Broadway portrays a community and a rarely seen subculture – Sri Lankan Tamil gangs – and brilliantly deploys the themes of family, loyalty and honour.

Ulidavaru Kandante

Ulidavaru Kandante | International Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2014

Director: Rakshit Shetty
Starring: Rakshit Shetty, Kishore, Tara.
Run time: 154 mins | Certificate: 15 | Year: 2014
Language: Kannada with English subtitles | Country: India

This dazzling epic manages to cram in homages to Sin City, Pulp Fiction, Agneepath, Scarface, Shankar Nag, Rashomon and a host of other tributes while telling an utterly compelling and original story. In this kinetic suspense thriller that deals with five interconnected stories, a journalist sets out to uncover the truth behind an incident from the past, through the perspectives of different people, and how they and their lives are intertwined with it. Along the way she encounters gangsters, fisherwomen, precocious children, tiger dancers, motor mechanics and a wide array of other colourful characters that help together in piecing together what happened one fateful night years ago. Rakshit Shetty, the star of blockbuster hit Simple Agi Ondh Love Story, makes his directorial debut with this film and also puts in a swaggering central performance where he faces off against the other rising Kannada star Kishore.

Umrika

Umrika | UK Premiere

LIFF Festival Screening: 2015

Director: Prashant Nair
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Adil Hussain, Smita Tambe, Prateik Babbar.
Run time: 98 mins | Certificate: 12A | Year: 2015
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Country: India

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This year’s Sundance Audience Award winner is an uplifting, rights of passage tale about two brothers from a small village who have dreams of making it big in Umrika (America). Udai (Pratiek Babbar) is the eldest and adored by his hard-working mum. He leaves their hamlet on a bullock cart to pursue his dream after he says he has received an invitation to work in the US.

Torn between pride and grief his mum waves him off. Months go by but there is no word from Udai, family pride turns to concern. Younger son Rama (Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi), shares the family’s increasing grief and then suddenly letters start to arrive. His parents cheer up again as amazing pictures of the USA fill their lives. All seems well until Rama discovers that the kindly local postman has forged the letters. Rama runs away from home to discover his brother’s true fate.

Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The Way Home)

Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The Way Home)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2011

Director: Dr. Biju Kumar
Starring: Prtithviraj, Indrajith, Govardhan.
Run time: 95 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2011
Language: Malayalam | Country: India

Malayalam cinema’s young heartthrob Prithviraj plays a Delhi-based prison doctor who accedes to the dying wish of his patient, a member of a terrorist squad. Her wish is that he unites her five-year-old son with his father whom he has never seen. The trouble is that the father is the leader of a dreaded Indian Jihadi terrorist group.

The doctor collects the boy from the southern state of Kerala and begins an arduous pan-Indian journey to track down the elusive terrorist. The doctor’s quest is all the more poignant and noble because his own wife and child were killed in a terrorist attack.

Alongside breathtaking imagery showcasing India’s natural beauty from the lush backwaters of Kerala to the arid zones of Rajasthan and the stunning grandeur of the Himalayas, the film is also a sensitive look at the touchy issue of terrorism and its impact.

Winner of National film award for the best Malayalam Film.

Vihir (The Well)

Vihir (The Well)

LIFF Festival Screening: 2010

Director: Umesh Kulkarni
Starring: Madan Deodhar, Alok Rajwade, Dr Mohan Agashe
Run time: 120 mins | Certificate: 18 | Year: 2009
Language: Marathi, Hindi | Country: India

A wonderfully moving coming of age tale, stunningly filmed amongst the grandeur of the rolling Indian plains. Young Sameer leaves the city with his parents to visit their country family, who are preparing for a wedding. Sameer, however, has only one aim, to meet his cousin and best friend Nachiket. The two adolescent boys are inseparable and Sameer looks up to his older, free thinking cousin, who teaches him many truths as they stand at the cross-roads of their lives, with the innocence of child-hood slipping away. This change is echoed by the fate of Sameer’s female cousin, who is being forced into a marriage for the family’s petty gains. Nachiket becomes increasingly distraught by this marriage, until he can take it no longer, leading to an action that will change Sameer’s young life forever.

Woman with a Movie Camera

Woman with a Movie Camera: A Life Less Ordinary | South Asian Filmmaker’s Debate

LIFF Festival Screening: 2016


Starring: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Leena Yadav, Shefali Bhushan and Rinku Kalsy
| Year: 2016

This year’s Bagri Foundation London Film Festival has aggregated some of the best South Asian films. We are delighted that many of these happen to be by leading women filmmakers. We present a rare opportunity to hear filmmakers like double Oscar winner Pakistan’s Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Mumbai’s multi-award winning Leena Yadav, documentary filmmaker Rinku Kalsy and other special guests talk about their unique careers and experiences and explore commonalities of experience with women filmmakers around the world. Chaired by Nasreen Munni Kabir, a documentary filmmaker who has made over 80 documentaries including the Inner/Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan and who has been curating the Indian films on Channel 4 for over 30 years.

The Debate is preceded by a screening of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s 2016 Oscar winning short A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (40 mins) Pakistan.

 

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