The annual celebration of Indian independent cinema makes a return for the fourth year the capital in the London Indian Film Festival, aptly called which is set to take place from the 18th-25th July.Going way beyond Bollywood, the festival presents a kaleidoscope of new films that challenge, shock, generate debate and present a more realistic view of the Indian subcontinent today, in all its diversity.
The London Indian Film Festival also has films and events for a wide range of audiences and includes industry events at BAFTA, exploring Indian/UK co-production and specially commissioned music and performance pieces.
The latest confirmation is a centrepiece master class by actor Irrfan Khan, one of the very few Indians to straddle Hollywood, British and Indian cinema. Khan has come to world attention over the last 25 years with an impressive range of roles from under-dogs to action heroes, long distance runners and corporate megalomaniacs.
His memorable film roles include Oscar winners ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’and’Salaam Bombay’, BAFTA winner ‘The Warrior’, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, and Bollywood hits ‘MaqboolandPaan Singh Tomar’. The festival will be honouring this versatile actor with a dedicated evening at the BFI Southbank onSaturday 20th July.
Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Festival Director says,ʉIt۪s great to be working on the zeitgeist of new Indian cinema and we aren۪t just showing Indian films for Indian audiences, but kicking open the door to the rich diversity of independent cinema emerging across the Indian subcontinent today. These films are accessible to everyone! It۪s also exciting to see some of the best of the filmmakers we have helped champion, now starting to be recognised on the world stage, where they belong. We are very proud to be showcasing these new films here, first, in London, surely the world۪s number one city of culture, style and innovation.
The London Indian Film Festival۪s full programme will be released on18th June.