Ketan Mehta’s film bagged the Audience Award at the second edition of the festival
The 2nd London Indian Film Festival has come to an end, and director Ketan Mehta is one happy man. His “passion project” Rang Rasiya, a biopic on artist Raja Ravi Verma won the much-coveted Audience Award. Said Mehta, “I am thrilled that my passion project has won the Audience Award. The premiere in the historic surroundings of the Victoria & Albert museum was wonderful and the interaction with London audiences was great. This award is icing on the cake.” Starring Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen, Rang Rasiya also talks about freedom of creative expression. Meanwhile, filmmaker Andrew Hinton bagged the ‘The Satyajit Ray Foundation’s Short Film Award’ for his film Amar, which the judges felt was a well crafted, beautifully observed and honest ‘day-in-the-life’ portrait of a poor but aspirational young boy. The festival opened with the world premiere of Aamir Khan’s production Delhi Belly and closed with the UK premiere of Srijit Mukherji’s film Autograph. Raghu Dixit performed live and, later, Autograph and Rang Rasiya star Nandana Sen interacted with the audience. The festival also hosted the UK premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s That Girl in Yellow Boots – tickets to which sold out so quickly that it didn’t take long for the film to sell its UK distribution rights. Other highlights were the premieres of Memories in March and Aarekti Premer Golpo (Just Another Love Story), and director-turned-actor Rituparno Ghosh discussing films that explore the gay and transgender experience.