London Indian Film Festival 2016 Programme

Posted on 1 July 2016

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

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.

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. 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.”

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.

Here is the Birmingham programme of films and activities for the sixth annual London Indian Film Festival 2016. For the full programme please click here.

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.

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.

London Indian Film Festival 2016 Programme