This summer, The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) returns to the city for its sixth edition. Building on last year's massive success, we are bringing you some of the hottest new Indian independent cinema across London. The festival starts on 16th July with some of the most prestigious and thought-provoking new independent films from the Indian sub-continent. Here are 5 things you need to know...
LIFF has expanded...
Not only showcasing the finest Indian movies from the UK's capital, this year the festival also comes to Cineworld Broad Street in Birmingham and the Midlands Arts Centre. Now even more Cineworld viewers can experience the breathtaking majesty of Indian Cinema.
The Bagri Foundation
The Bagri Foundation is a UK registered charity that promotes Indian arts through its cultural programmes and in 2015 they have been appointed as the new LIFF title sponsor. The Bagri Foundation is working closely in tandem with LIFF to help present a compelling, beautiful and engrossing tapestry of Indian cinema.
This year's festival kicks off with Sundance award-winner Umrika, a movie set in 1980s India and starring Life of Pi's Suraj Sharma. Also showing: The Crow's Egg aka Kaka Muttai, a sweeping story in the vein of Slumdog Millionaire than won two 2015 National Film Awards. And this year's Belinale winner Dhanak, an emotional drama about two young siblings who trek across Rajasthan.
Tamil filmmaking giant Mani Ratnam will be attending as part of LIFF's Screen Talk. Ratnam’s films like Bombay, Roja, Dil Se, Nayakan and this year O Kadhal Kanmani are known for powerful socio-political scripts, sharp direction, flamboyant cinematography, crisp editing and of course unforgettable music, collaborating with composers like AR Rahman.
Exclusive premieres taking place at this year's festival include the international debut of Nachom-Ia Kumpasar, a tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa, who perfected the Portuguese influenced jazz sound that became the soundtrack to Hindi cinema in the 60s and 70s. Also: the UK premiere of Banished, actor/director Churni Ganguly’s powerful story exploring a writer’s forced exile from Bengal. And a special preview of One Crazy Thing, a former daytime TV star who is haunted by the sex tape that destroyed his life and turned his unknown actress girlfriend into an A-list Hollywood celebrity.