Soon the prestigious London Indian Film Festival will begin! Running from 23 JUNE – 5 JULY 2022 you can go to the festival in cinemas in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds or experience it on your own sofa, at home, via the digital site www.LoveLIFFatHome.com.
As always, showcasing the best independent films from South Asia, this year’s lineup looks to be amazing! From the opening night film Dobaaraa to the closing night gala screening of Superfan: The Nav Bhatia Story and every film, in the intriguing and exciting strands, LIFF is shining the light on brilliant and thought-provoking cinema.
One of the highlights every year are the special and always fascinating In-conversation events, and for LIFF 2022, they boast some incredible women.
Taapsee Pannu, the lead protagonist of LIFF’s Opening film Dobaaraa, talks about the film and her fantastic career as an actress on June 25th.
The actress has been lauded for her performances in the legal drama Pink (2016), the war drama The Ghazi Attack (2017), the social drama Mulk (2018), and the romantic drama Manmarziyaan (2018). In addition, she received critical acclaim for playing a woman struggling through a divorce in Anubhav Sinha’s drama Thappad (2020) and her fabulous performance in Rashmi Rocket.
“Nandita is one of those actors who seems to be loved everywhere she goes.” Debuting in the pioneering love story Fire, directed by Deepa Mehta, Nandita has played in over 40 feature films so far directed by some of India’s top indie directors. Nandita has also turned director with the subtly political drama Firaaq (2008) and Manto (2018).
Actress Konkona Sen Sharma will shine the light on her unique and brilliant slate of films and her first film as a director on July 1st.
A multi-award-winning actor Konkona Sen Sharma, has been seen in a range of films and won a National Award for Best Actress for her role in Aparna Sen’s critically successful Mr & Mrs Iyer in 2002. Her role in the nationally acclaimed Page 3 took her to wider audiences, with an award-winning role in the hit Shakespearean adaptation by Vishal Bhardwaj; Omkara to follow. Konkona’s directorial debut, Death In The Gunj (2016), a 1970s period drama, was screened at festivals globally. She is starring in The Rapist, being screened at LIFF.
One of Bengali cinema’s most famous names, Aparna Sen, has an outstanding catalog of acclaimed movies. This significant in-conversation is a rare talk by India’s greatest and longest-standing woman writer-director, known for her frank and honest views on women’s experience, filmmaking in Bengal, and other matters.
According to the LIFF website: “On the unique occasion that we have three of India’s leading female actor-writer-directors Aparna Sen, Konkona Sen, and Nandita Das in London, at the same time, we will celebrate this moment with an exceptional panel. With so much experience on offer, it is expected to be a lively and informative conversation with incredible insights into working in the world’s largest film industry, especially from a female perspective. Chaired by writer-director Sangeeta Datta.”
Stay tuned; we will have much more!