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‘Kekee Manzil: House of Art’ – World premiere of documentary that looks at modern Indian Art at UK Asian Film Festival (video)

A new film charts the history of mansion – Kekee Manzil that played vital part in the culture and development of Bombay/Mumbai…

COMING to London, as a world premiere, this Sunday (May 8), is the documentary film, ‘Kekee Manzil: House of Art’ which is screening as part of the UK Asian Film Festival which starts tomorrow (May 4-16).

The documentary tells the story of modern Indian art and the role of this house – Kekee Manzil in Bandra, Mumbai (Bombay) and the art scene that revolved around it.

Owned by Kekoo Gandhy who stumbled into art, the house helped to nurture the talent of such figures as MF Husain, SH Raza, Vasudeo Gaitonde – both Kekoo and wife, Khorshed became established figures in the art scene in Bombay at the time and much of the art being produced engaged with the world and brought India a different kind of attention altogether.

This film, ‘Kekee Manzil: House of Art’ is made by Behroze Gandhy and Dilesh Korya, who directs. Behroze is the daughter of Kekoo and Khorshed and she narrates the remarkable story of the house, her life and her parents who gave some of India’s best known modern artists the platform they so richly deserved.

Intimate and insightful, the documentary, will screen for the very first time to a public audience at Regent Street Cinema in the heart of London’s West End on Sunday May 8.

Come and join us to watch this amazing film, hear more from director Korya and Behroze herself on its making. The music in the film has been composed by Mercury Prizewinner, Talvin Singh.

We will be talking to the Behroze, Korya and Singh ahead of the world premiere and making a film of that and it will appear here afterwards.

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The UK Asian Film Festival opens with film, ‘Javed Iqbal: The Untold Story of Serial Killer’. Adapted and directed by Abu Aleeha from his own novel ‘Kukri’, it will raise the curtain for UKAFF at the BFI Southbank on Wednesday, as the fest gets underway. This is the 24th UK Asian Film Festival and was formerly known as Tongues on Fire.

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Presenter/producer: Sailesh Ram (

Camera/editing: Natalie Barrass (

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Written by Asian Culture Vulture