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

LIFF Review: 72 Miles – Ek Pravas

995909_403868323052069_1358850914_nStarring: Smita Tambe, Chinmay Sant, Chinmay Kambli, Sharvani Solaskar, Isha Mane

Directed by: Rajeev Patil

Akshay Kumar’s first Marathi production, 72 Miles – Ek Pravas, is based on a true story of Ashok Vhatkar, about a 13 year old boy, who is sent off to boarding school by his parents, but dislikes it so much he runs away. The film tells his story as he travels all the way back home to Kolhapur by foot. Along the way, he meets a woman and her four children, who he travels most of the way with.

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The 4th London Indian Film Festival – Preview

liff_press_logo (1)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.

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