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  • London Indian Film Festival 2016 Programme

    The London Indian Film Festival 2016 returns for a seventh year, with screenings of outstanding South Asian independent films across London and Birmingham.

    London Indian Film Festival 2016 Programme

    “This year’s programme epitomises the diversity and dynamism of South Asian cinema"

    The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) returns for its seventh year in summer 2016.

    A pioneering film festival, and the biggest Indian film festival in Europe, LIFF showcases the most current and diverse independent films to come out of South Asia.

    From shorts, new features, to documentaries, LIFF offers avid cinema goers the chance to experience compelling films from outstanding South Asian filmmakers.

    A key theme of 2016 is gender equality, with an incredible seven films directed by women filmmakers.

    The Opening Night film, Parched is a wonderfully captivating story of four women living in a desert village in Gujarat.

    The film follows their journey to overcome the cultural traditions they are stifled by. The film stars Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, and Lehar Khan and directed by the very talented Leena Yadav.

    London Indian Film Festival 2016 Programme

    In addition, LIFF will be proudly hosting their first transgender film based on an empowering true story, Naanu Avanalla Avalu (I Am Not He… She).

    Media Sponsors of the Baghri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2016, DESIblitz.com are also proud to announce that they will be supporting several films this year, including Moh Maya Money (In Greed We Trust), Enemy and Golpo (Jalal’s Story).

    Moh Maya Money (In Greed We Trust) is a Delhi noir film directed by Munish Bhardwaj. It follows the life of a crooked estate broker who embezzles money from the firm he works for through a series of scams. The crime thriller stars Bollywood actors, Ranvir Shorey and Neha Dhupia.

    Enemy directed by Dinesh P. Bhonsle is a Konkani language film about a Goan Catholic family who lose their home and land in the midst of a Government corruption scandal.

    Jalaler Golpo (Jalal’s Story) is a Bangla language film following the life of teenager Jalal who was abandoned as a baby in a river. The film stars Mohammod Emon, Arafat Rahman, and Mosharraf Karim.

    Speaking about the sponsorship, Managing Director of DESIblitz.com, Indi Deol says:

    “We have worked closely with Cary [Sawhney] and the London Indian Film Festival over the years, and have watched LIFF grow bigger and bigger. Last year, we supported the prestigious festival as it came to Birmingham for the first time. We are proud to be part of such a fantastic event, and we are positive that this year will be one of the best so far.”

    Other stand out films in the programme include Oscar winning Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s award-winning documentary, A Girl In The River: The Price of Forgiveness. Showcasing on July 18 at London’s Picturehouse Central, Sharmeen will also be engaging in a special Q&A session.

    London Indian Film Festival 2016 Programme

    The film festival also welcomes a number of high profile guests across London and Birmingham. These include the talented filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. Kapur is the director of the Oscar nominated Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett.

    Also joining audiences at BFI Southbank is the personable and charming Kamal Haasan who will be talking about his vibrant career and incredible journey in Indian film.

    Speaking about the fantastic festival, Director of LIFF, Cary Rajinder Sawhney says:

    “We aim to showcase films that entertain but challenge and make one think about the many social issues happening in India today, and that includes many positive changes including the fact that so many emerging Indian women filmmakers who are producing world-class films that are giving their male counterparts a serious run for their money.”

    London Indian Film Festival 2016 Programme

    Title Sponsor Alka Bagri of the Bagri Foundation adds: “We are delighted to support such an incredible festival which reveals the richness of South Asian culture and offers a wonderful platform for emerging talent.

    “This year’s programme epitomises the diversity and dynamism of South Asian cinema, and through films, debates and panel discussions, we will explore topical issues such as gender, identity, mental health and equality.

    “We look forward to being joined by two acclaimed figures of Indian cinema: Kamal Haasan and Shekhar Kapur who will take us on their cinematic journey.”

    The festival will also welcome the return of the Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition. In contention for the £1,000 prize money, are Mochi (The Cobbler), Marriage Bazaar, Chariot Riders, Angelus Novus, Chhaya and Playgrounds.

    London Indian Film Festival 2016 Programme

    Here is the full programme of films and activities for the sixth annual London Indian Film Festival, 2016:

    London

    PARCHED (Hindi with English subtitles) | OPENING NIGHT | ENGLISH PREMIERE | (15)
    Showing: 14 July, 18:00, Cineworld Haymarket | 16 July, 17:30, Cineworld Wembley | 20 July, 20:40, BFI Southbank
    Dir. Leena Yadav with Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Lehar Khan.

    OTTAAL (THE TRAP) (Malayam with English subtitles) | UK PREMIERE | (12A)
    Showing: 15 July, 18:30, ICA | 16 July, 16:00, Boleyn | 17 July, 16:00, Cineworld Wandsworth
    Dir. Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair with Shine Tom Chacko, Kumarakom Vasavan, Ashanth K. Sha.

    ARSHINAGAR (MIRRORSVILLE) (Bengali with English subtitles) | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | (15)
    Showing: 16 July, 20:00, Crouch End Picturehouse | 17 July, 17:30, BFI Southbank
    Dir. Aparna Sen with Dev, Rittika Sen, Waheeda Rehman, Jishu Sengupta

    NAANU AVANALLA AVALU (I AM NOT HE…SHE) (Kannada with English subtitles) | EUROPEAN PREMIERE  | (12A)
    Showing: 16 July, 20:30, BFI Southbank | 17 July, 18:00, Crouch End Picturehouse
    Dir. B S Lingadevaru with Sanchari Vijay, Sharada Nani, Kunal Punekar.

    JUGNI (FIREFLY) (Hindi/Punjabi with English subtitles) | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE | (12A)
    Showing: 15 July, 19:00, Cineworld Wembley | 16 July, 18:00, Cineworld Haymarket | 17 July, 20:00, Cineworld O2
    Dir. Shefali Bhushan with Sugandha Garg, Siddhant Behl, Sadhana Singh.

    MOH MAYA MONEY (IN GREED WE TRUST) (Hindi with English subtitles) | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | (15)
    Showing: 15 July, 19:00, Picturehouse Central | 16 July, 20:30, Cineworld Wembley | 18 July, 19:00, Crouch End Picturehouse
    Dir. Munish Bhardwaj with Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Devendra Chauhan.
    * supported by DESIblitz.com

    KUTRAME THANDANAI (CRIME IS PUNISHMENT) (Tamil with English subtitles) | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | (12A)
    Showing: 15 July, 20:00, Cineworld Wandsworth | 17 July, 18:00, Cineworld Haymarket
    Dir. M. Manikandan with Vidharth, Nasser, Rahman, Aishwarya Rajesh.

    KHAEMAE MEIN MATT JHANKAIN (DON’T PEEK INTO THE TENT) (Punjabi/Urdu with English subtitles) | WORLD PREMIERE | (12A)
    Showing: 17 July, 17:00, Picturehouse Central | 19 July, 20:00, Cineworld O2
    Dir. Shahbaz Sumar with Sara Haider, Zia Khan, Mahtab Murad

    JEEWAN HATHI (ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM) (Urdu with English subtitles) | WORLD PREMIERE | (12A)
    Showing: 17 July, 17:00, Picturehouse Central | 19 July, 20:00, Cineworld O2
    Dir. Meenu Gaur, Farjad Nabi with Naseeruddin Shah, Hina Dilpazeer, Samiya Mumtaz.

    FIREFLIES IN THE ABYSS (Nepali/Hindi/English with English subtitles) | UK PREMIERE | (12A)
    Showing: 18 July, 18:30, Cineworld Haymarket | 19 July, 20:00, Crouch End Picturehouse
    Dir. Chandrasekhar Reddy with Nishant Rai, Raj Rai, Suraj Subba.

    ENEMY (Konkani with English subtitles) | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE | (12A)
    Showing: 18 July, 20:00, Cineworld Wandsworth | 20 July, 19:30, Cineworld Haymarket
    Dir. Dinesh P. Bhonsle with Meenacshi Martins, Salil Naik, Antonio Crasto.
    * supported by DESIblitz.com

    BRAHMAN NAMAN (English) | ENGLISH PREMIERE | (18)
    Showing: 15 July, 20:40, BFI Southbank | 18 July, 20:30, Cineworld Haymarket
    Dir. Q. with Shashank Arora, Tanmay Dhanania, Chaitanya Varad.

    KALO POTHI (THE BLACK HEN) (Nepali with English subtitles) | UK PREMIERE | (12A)
    Showing: 16 July, 15:00, Crouch End Picturehouse | 17 July, 15:00, ICA
    Dir. Min Bahadur Bham with Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya, Jit Bahadur Malla.

    A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS (Punjabi with English subtitles) | (12A)
    Showing: 18 July, 18:30, Picturehouse Central
    Dir. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

    SONG OF LAHORE (English/Punjabi/Urdu with English subtitles) | LONDON PREMIERE | (12A)
    Showing: 18 July, 18:30, Picturehouse Central
    Dir. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

    ISLAND CITY (Hindi with English subtitles) | UK PREMIERE | (15)
    Showing: 19 July, 18:30, ICA | 20 July, 20:30, Cineworld Wembley
    Dir. Ruchika Oberoi with Vinay Pathak, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Chandan Roy Sanyal.

    RINGAN (THE QUEST) (Marathi with English subtitles) | UK PREMIERE | (12A)
    Showing: 16 July, 16:00, ICA | 17 July, 17:00, Cineworld O2
    Dir. Makarand Mane with Shashank Shende, Saahil Joshi, Suhas Sirsat, Kalyanee Mulay.

    CINEMAWALA (Bengali with English subtitles) | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | (12A)
    Showing: 16 July, 18:00, ICA | 17 July, 18:00, Cineworld Wembley
    Dir. Kaushik Ganguly with Paran Bandopadhay, Parambrata Chatterjee, Arun Guha Thakurta.

    FOR THE LOVE OF A MAN (Tamil/English with English subtitles) | UK PREMIERE | (PG)
    Showing: 16 July, 18:00, Boleyn | 17 July, 18:00, ICA
    Dir. Rinku Kalsy with K. Hariharan, Uma Vangal, G. Mani.

    PREMAYA NAM (DIRTY, YELLOW, DARKNESS) (Sinhala with English subtitles) | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | (15)
    Showing: 19 July, 18:30, Picturehouse Central | 20 July, 18:30, Cineworld Wembley
    Dir. Kalpana & Vindana Ariyawansa with Shyam Fernando, Samanalee Fonseka, Suranga Ranawaka.

    JALALER GOLPO (JALAL’S STORY) (Bangla with English subtitles) | UK PREMIERE | (15)
    Showing: 19 July, 18:30, Cineworld Haymarket | 20 July, 19:00, Crouch End Picturehouse
    Dir. Abu Shahed Emon with Mohammod Emon, Arafat Rahman, Mosharraf Karim
    * supported by DESIblitz.com

    RAMSINGH CHARLIE (Hindi with English subtitles) | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE | (PG)
    Showing: 19 July, 20:30, BFI Southbank
    Dir. Nitin Kakkar with Kumud Mishra, Divya Dutta.

    CRD (Hindi with English subtitles) | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | (15)
    Showing: 20 July, 19:00, Picturehouse Central
    Dir. Kranti Kanade with Mrinmayee Godbole, Saurabh Saraswat, Vinay Sharma, Abhay Mahajan.

    SHEKHAR KAPUR: A LIFE WITH ELIZABETH | JULY 16
    Celebrated director, Shekhar Kapur will be presented with the Sun Mark Ltd LIFF Icon Award for his outstanding contribution to cinema at BFI Southbank.

    KAMAL HAASAN | SCREEN TALK | JULY 17
    Writer, poet, filmmaker and actor Kamal Haasan will be speaking about his extraordinary journey and career through Indian cinema and film at BFI Southbank

    WOMEN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA: A LIFE LESS ORDINARY| SOUTH ASIAN FILMMAKERS DEBATE | JULY 17
    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 as women filmmakers at BFI Southbank

    AN EVENING WITH SHARMILA TAGORE | JULY 15
    Sharmila Tagore will share her grace and wisdom with LIFF audiences in conversation with Life Goes On director Sangeeta Datta at Cineworld Haymarket

    TOBA TEK SINGH (Hindi/Punjabi with English subtitles) | CLOSING NIGHT | WORLD PREMIERE
    Showing: 21 July, 18:00, BFI Southbank
    Dir. Ketan Mehta with Pankaj Kapur, Vinay Pathak.

    London Indian Film Festival 2016 Programme

    Birmingham

    PARCHED (Hindi with English subtitles) | (15)
    Showing: 15 July, 19:00, Cineworld Broad Street
    Dir. Leena Yadav with Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Lehar Khan.
    * Q&A with Director Leena Yadav is sponsored by DESIblitz.com

    NAANU AVANALLA AVALU (I AM NOT HE…SHE) (Kannada with English subtitles) | (12A)
    Showing: 15 July, 20:30, MAC Cinema Cannon Hill Park
    Dir. B S Lingadevaru with Sanchari Vijay, Sharada Nani, Kunal Punekar.

    KAMAL HAASAN | SCREEN TALK | JULY 16
    Writer, poet, filmmaker and actor Kamal Haasan will be speaking about his extraordinary journey and career through Indian cinema and film at Cineworld Broad Street

    BRAHMAN NAMAN (English) | (18)
    Showing: 16 July, 20:00, Cineworld Broad Street
    Dir. Q. with Shashank Arora, Tanmay Dhanania, Chaitanya Varad.

    OTTAAL (THE TRAP) (Malayam with English subtitles) | (12A)
    Showing: 17 July, 14:00, MAC Cinema Cannon Hill Park
    Dir. Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair with Shine Tom Chacko, Kumarakom Vasavan, Ashanth K. Sha.

    JUGNI (FIREFLY) (Hindi/Punjabi with English subtitles) | (12A)
    Showing: 17 July, 17:00, Cineworld Broad Street
    Dir. Shefali Bhushan with Sugandha Garg, Siddhant Behl, Sadhana Singh.

    KUTRAME THANDANAI (CRIME IS PUNISHMENT) (Tamil with English subtitles) | (12A)
    Showing: 19 July, 19:30, Cineworld Broad Street
    Dir. M. Manikandan with Vidharth, Nasser, Rahman, Aishwarya Rajesh.

    A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS (Punjabi with English subtitles) | (12A)
    Showing: 19 July, 20:10, MAC Cinema Cannon Hill Park
    Dir. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

    SONG OF LAHORE (English/Punjabi/Urdu with English subtitles) 
    Showing: 19 July, 20:10, MAC Cinema Cannon Hill Park
    Dir. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

    CINEMAWALA (Bengali with English subtitles) | (12A)
    Showing: 21 July, 18:00, MAC Cinema Cannon Hill Park
    Dir. Kaushik Ganguly with Paran Bandopadhay, Parambrata Chatterjee, Arun Guha Thakurta.

    KHAEMAE MEIN MATT JHANKAIN (DON’T PEEK INTO THE TENT) (Punjabi/Urdu with English subtitles) | WORLD PREMIERE | (12A)
    Showing: 21 July, 19:00, Cineworld Broad Street
    Dir. Shahbaz Sumar with Sara Haider, Zia Khan, Mahtab Murad

    JEEWAN HATHI (ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM) (Urdu with English subtitles) | (12A)
    Showing: 21 July, 19:00, Cineworld Broad Street
    Dir. Meenu Gaur, Farjad Nabi with Naseeruddin Shah, Hina Dilpazeer, Samiya Mumtaz.

    JALALER GOLPO (JALAL’S STORY) (Bangla with English subtitles)
    Showing: 22 July, 18:30, Cineworld Broad Street
    Dir. Abu Shahed Emon with Mohammod Emon, Arafat Rahman, Mosharraf Karim
    * supported by DESIblitz.com

    MOH MAYA MONEY (IN GREED WE TRUST) (Hindi with English subtitles) | (15)
    Showing: 22 July, 20:30, Cineworld Broad Street
    Dir. Munish Bhardwaj with Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Devendra Chauhan.
    * supported by DESIblitz.com

    RINGAN (THE QUEST) (Marathi with English subtitles) | (12A)
    Showing: 23 July, 18:00, MAC Cinema Cannon Hill Park
    Dir. Makarand Mane with Shashank Shende, Saahil Joshi, Suhas Sirsat, Kalyanee Mulay.

    KALPANA (IMAGINATION) | UK PREMIER OF RESTORED VERSION | (U)
    Showing: 24 July, 14:00, MAC Cinema Cannon Hill Park
    Dir. Uday Shankar with Uday Shankar, Lakshmi Kanta, Usha Kiran, Amala Shankar.

    TOBA TEK SINGH (Hindi/Punjabi with English subtitles) | CLOSING NIGHT | (12A)
    Showing: 24 July, 18:00, Cineworld Broad Street
    Dir. Ketan Mehta with Pankaj Kapur, Vinay Pathak.

    Ending London Indian Film Festival on a high is the Closing Night film, Toba Tek Singh. Directed by Ketan Mehta, the emotionally touching story stars Pankaj Kapur and Vinay Pathak.

    The celebrated film festival will take place between July 14 and 24, 2016, across two of the UK’s biggest cities, London and Birmingham.

    Participating cinema venues for films include Cineworld (Haymarket, O2, Wandsworth, Wembley), BFI Southbank, ICA, Picturehouse Central, Crouch End Picturehouse, and East London’s rustic Boleyn Cinema.

    Cineworld Broad Street and Midland Arts Centre (mac) will host the Birmingham leg of the festival.

    For more details of the London Indian Film Festival 2016, please visit the LIFF website here.

    Aisha an English literature graduate, is a keen editorial writer. She adores reading, theatre, and anything arts related. She is a creative soul and is always reinventing herself. Her motto is: “Life is too short, so eat dessert first!”

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