LIFF Closing Night: Bombay Talkies

Bombay-Talkies-posterStarring: Rani Mukherji, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Ranvir Shorey, Katrina Kaif, Vineet Kumar Singh, Amitabh Bachchan

Directed by: Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Indian Cinema, producer Ashi Dua brought together four exciting directors of Bollywood, giving each a chance to tell a story in 25-30 minutes. Given that the four stories are essentially four separate short films, I will review them individually as well.

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LIFF Review: Josh – Against The Grain

JoshPoster_900Starring: Aamina Sheikh, Nyla Jafri, Khalid Malik, Mohib Mirza, Parveen Akber, Adnan Shah, Kaiser Khan Nizamani, Khalid Ahmed

Directed by: Iram Parveen Bilal

This year, the London Indian Film Festival screened it’s first Pakistani film, Josh – Against the Grain, by Iram Parveen Bilal. The Pakistani film industry doesn’t produce many films, most go unnoticed, and the few that I have seen, I tend not to like very much, so with Josh, I was pleasantly surprised, and almost relieved to find it’s actually very good.  Continue reading