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Directors get London Indian Film Festival icon awards; mid fest pictures & videos special (all on one page 😉)

Directors get London Indian Film Festival icon awards; mid fest pictures & videos special (all on one page 😉)

♦Screening tomorrow
◊Gardab (Whirlpool) – 6pm Cineworld Leicester Square
◊The Argumentative Indian – 6.30pm London School Of Economics (Portgual Street, WC2A 3LJ)
◊Badman – 6.30pm Stratford Picturehouse (Salway Road E15 1BX)
◊Zikr Us Pavrivash Ka (In Praise of That Angel Face) + Overtone – 7pm Cineworld Wembley
◊Pinneyum (Once Again)- 7pm Cineworld Wandsworth
◊Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) – 8.30pm BFI Southbank

♦ Three directors receive LIFF Icon awards – Ashutosh Gowariker & Adoor Gopalakrishnan and UK Professor Pratibha Parmar

♦ Gowariker talks about acting career proceeding debut as director with Pehla Nasha (‘First Love’) in 1993 at BFI talk with Nasreen Munni Kabir on Friday

Ashutosh Gowariker – Bollywood and Hollywood star Priyanka Chopra helped me get back to acting, reveals ‘Lagaan’ director (LIFF 2017)


♦ Shakti and the early works of Pratibha Parmar – celebration of the LGBTQ+ British Asian experience with screening of short films such ‘Sari Red’, ‘Khush’ and ‘Brimful of Asia’.

♦ ‘Bridge’ has London premiere and UK-based director Amit Ranjan Biswas quizzed by ACV’s Tasha Mathur in post screening Q&A at Crouch End Picturehouse (see pictures below)

♦ Gopalakrishnan film ‘Pinneyum’ (‘Once Again’) screens BFI on Sunday – film about a man who fakes his own death…review to follow

♦Gowariker introduces his own epic ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ (2008)

♦ Bollywood star Gulshan Grover introduces ‘Badman


♦ Red carpet interviews (Video) & pictures below



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– Unfortunately there is a technical glitch with captions  – which prevents them being attached to the pictures, see below

1. Professor Pratibha Parmar, a filmmaker from Shakti (a pioneering LGBT+ campaign group) receives LIFF Icon Award from Cary Rajinder Sawhney, founder and director LIFF
2. Adoor Gopalakrishnan receives LIFF Icon Award from Cary
3. ACV’s Tasha Mathur with Amit Ranjan Biswas, director of ‘Bridge’. The film screened at the Picturehouse, Crouch End last night with Tasha chairing the post screening Q&A
4. Tasha and Amit at the Q&A
5. June Givanni moderates post screening Q&A with director Amit Masurkar whose Newton had its UK premiere at LIFF on Saturday. Masurkar’s first film ‘Sulemani Keeda’ proved quite a hit in 2014 and was snapped by Channel 4 for a TV screening. Masurkar said getting ‘Newton’ made was considerably easier as the producer Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films (based in India) backed him and gave him creative licence. The film picked up Federation of Art Cinemas (CICAE) award in February, when it showed at the Berlinale.
6. Ashutosh Gowariker ‘In conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir’ at the BFI on Friday – story:
7. Ashutosh introduces his ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ to the BFI on Sunday after Cary introduces him (see video on acv facebook)
8. Harmeet Ahuja presents Ashutosh Gowariker with his LIFF icon award before the in conversation talk
9. Tony Hasnath (who plays Prince Victor Duleep Singh in ‘The Black Prince’ – Maharajah Duleep Singh (Satinder Sartaaj) son with ACV presenter Momtaz Begun-Hossain
10. Tony Hasnath
11. Post screening ‘The Black Prince’ – Larushka Ivan-Zedeh (Metro film editor and moderator) Sartaaj (The Black Prince); Christy Campbell (historian/writer); Sophie Stevens (Bamba Muller, wife of Prince Duleep Singh); Jasjeet Singh, producer; Amit Chana (Aziz Ud-Din)
12. Ameet Chana joined the Q&A later
13. Cary Rajinder Sawhney with Tony Matharu of Grange Hotels, sponsors, introducing ‘The Black Prince’
14. Sartaaj on red carpet at opening of LIFF 2017
15. Ashtoush Gowariker at opening of LIFF
16. Leanne Joyce (Ada Wetherill) and Lydon Ogbourne (Sir O’Burne) with Sartaaj
17. Bhasker Patel (Emmerdale) with actor Harmage Singh Kalirai
18. Stephen Cook and husband Pablo (of BBC Asian Network)
19. Lady Kishwar Desai and Lord Meghnad Desai
20. Harmage Singh Kalirai
21. Saman Giraud (actor US/Iran)
22. Meera Syal, actor and author makes it
23. Kiran Rai and Pooja Satwant (Lapachhapi)
24. ACV presenter Momtaz
25. Momtaz and LIFF’s Satwant Gill

Presenter Kiran Rai (Pic 23) seen here with Mumbai-based actor Pooja Sawant was on the red carpet at LIFF and it followed on from last week’s red carpet launch of the Calum Best film, ‘Dangerous Game‘ – where Rai was also interviewing the stars to camera. The film which also features Amar Adatia ‘Gangsters Gamblers Geezers’ 2016) is available from Amazon from Thursday (June 29), and Rai interviewed other media TV personalities who appear in the film, including pin up Lucy Pinder, actor Darren Day and mixed martial arts star and former Katie Price flame, Alex Reid.


Kiran Rai (l) with Calum Best


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Written by Asian Culture Vulture