June 30 to July 12, 2011
The London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) was initiated to showcase some of the very best of the new Indian independent films, especially made by the younger generation of filmmakers. This is the second edition of the LIFF. The five-day festival was launched on July 15, 2010, and this year, it plans to cash in on last year’s success and present some of the best Indian films in prestigious venues across London.
Last year, the festival managed to catch the imagination of cinema partners across London, including Cineworld Cinemas (Cineworld Haymarket), Barbican, Watermans Arts Centre, Nehru Centre and Genesis Cinema.
This year, the LIFF partners from across the industry include Film London, Arts Council of England, British Film Institute, Cineworld Cinemas, BAFTA, Skillset, Nehru Centre, University of Westminster, Victoria & Albert Museum, Watermans Arts Centre, Asiana, Eastern Eye and Zee TV.
The Satyajit Ray Foundation’s Short Film Competition has joined the festival and the winning filmmaker will receive a £1,000 Award on July 12 at Cineworld, Haymarket.
Among the films to be screened at LIFF 2011 are Aamir Khan Production’s adult comedy Delhi Belly, Anurag Kashyap’s That Girl In Yellow Boots and Ketan Mehta’s Rang Rasiya.
The festival will stretch city-wide, opening at West End at Cineworld Haymarket and continuing at V&A, BFI Southbank, Nehru Centre, Watermans, Cineworld Trocadero, Feltham, Wood Green and Ilford and the University of Westminster.
On the heels of three Glastonbury performances singer and film composer Raghu Dixit will perform on the closing night film Autograph on July 12.
Watch Out For!
Produced by Aamir Khan and directed by Abhinay Deo, the film stars Imran Khan and will be premiered on the Opening Night. With a nod to Brit-gangster flicks such as Snatch, it centres on a group of hapless mates who end up being hunted by the local mafia. The film reaches its climax in true heist style, with a riot of mix-ups and high-speed chases. Delhi Belly will have its worldwide release the following day, July 1.
Ketan Mehta’s film charts the life of the great Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma (played by Randeep Hooda), from his early days under the patronage of King of Kerala, moving on to British Bombay in the late 1800s, where he makes his fortune.
The White Elephant:
The UK premiere of the film is slated during the festival. A delightful and warm-hearted family film, The White Elephant takes us to the traditional rural Kerala where elephants are still at the heart of religious customs. It is time for the holiest of ceremonial elephants to choose which one of the local villagers will feed and look after him for the coming year.