Farhan Akhtar all set to conquer London

The 5th annual London Indian Film Festival screens a barrage of award winning films

The multitalented Farhan Akhtar will deliver a screen talk at the prestigious British Film Institute in London as part of the fifth annual London Indian Film Festival (July 10-17). He’ll take a couple of days break from shooting sister Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do to attend the festival. Farhan says, “At its heart, Cinema is about sharing ones culture with the world. Be it on screen or in representation of ones work. I look forward to sharing my experiences, memories and motivations.”

Samruddhi Porey’s moving and uplifting Hemalkasa, a biopic about Magsasay award winning couple doctors Prakash Baba Amte and Mandakini Amte, starring Nana Patekar and Sonali Kulkarni, has bagged the festival’s coveted closing night slot and will celebrate its World Premiere there. As previously announced in these pages, the festival, Europe’s largest celebration of South Asian cinema will open with child trafficking drama Sold, produced by actress Emma Thompson and starring Gillian Anderson, Parambrata Chatterjee and Seema Biswas.

Another World Premiere is Munsur Ali’s Bangladesh liberation struggle film Shongram, starring Anupam Kher and Italian diva Asia Argento. The festival will also host the European premiere of baseball film Million Dollar Arm, starring Suraj Sharma , Madhur Mittal and Jon Hamm , with music by AR Rahman.

Another highlight is Amit V Masurkar’s Bollywood expose Sulemani Keeda, featuring a host of celebrities in cameos. India’s greatest cinematographer Santosh Sivan will also deliver a talk at the British Film Institute.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Festival Director comments, “We are delighted that the festival is now firmly established on the London and international scene after five amazing years. If you want to find out more about South Asian cinema, come to London and soak yourself in a week of magnificent, world class cinema”.