Europe’s largest platform for Indian cinema returns to London next week, as the London Indian Film Festival opens its fourth edition on 18th July 2013. The festival will be bigger than ever this year, with films in many different languages, featuring their first Urdu film, and screening will take place across the city, as well as touring Bradford and Glasgow as well.
Opening the festival is Monsoon Shootout, executive produced by Asif Kapadia, the Hindi film follows a rookie cop in monsoon-lashed Mumbai, who faces a life altering decision. The closing film is the UK premiere of Bombay Talkies, a film celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, consisting of four short films, directed by four of Hindi cinema’s acclaimed directors, Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap.
Other films screening this year include the LIFF’s first Pakistani film, Josh (Against the Grain), directed by Iram Perveen Bilal, tackling themes of class separation, poverty and women’s rights. Hansal Mehta’s Shahid follows the court case of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack suspects. B.A. Pass is an Indian take on The Graduate, set in Delhi. There are a series of road movies at the festival this year, The Bright Day, about a middle class man on a soul-searching trip across India, The Good Road, the story of a Mumbai boy separated from his parents who befriends a truck driver, and the Spanish documentary Mapa, which won Best Documentary at the Sevile Film Festival, and nominated for a Goya Award. The director of Gandu, Q., returns to the festival this year with Tasher Desh, a psychedelic take on the play by Rabindranath Tagore.
Also screening in the festival is the Malayalam film Elippathayam (Rat Trap), which won the Sutherland Award at the London Film Festival in 1982, and there is a Masterclass with it’s director, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, taking place as part of the festival as well. There is also a ‘In Conversation’ event with actor Irrfan Khan, who has been in films such as Asif Kapadia’s The Warrior, The Darjeeling Limited, Slumdog Millionaire, A Mighty Heart, Vishal Bharadwaj’s Macbeth adaptation Maqbool, Life of Pi and The Amazing Spiderman.
The festival runs from July 18th – 25th. For more information check out the festival’s own website: www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk .