Festival begins on June 30
7th June 2011: The second edition of the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) is all set to kick start with Bollywood cine star Aamir Khan's adult comedy "Delhi Belly". The festival is scheduled to begin on June 30. Singer-composer Raghu Dixit will perform before the screening of closing night film "Autograph".
After the opening night screening of "Delhi Belly", co-produced by Aamir Khan Productions and UTV Motion Pictures, the festival will showcase the work of filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap and Rituparno Ghosh.
To be held in London till July 12, the festival will commemorate the rapidly increasing era of alternative Indian cinema. Unlike most Indian flicks of the past, the cinema is now going beyond song and dance-based entertainment; and is more about challenge, shock and generates debate. Overall, it now presents a more realistic view of modern India.
Cary Rajinder Sawhney, festival director, said in a press statement: "In addition to showing great movies, we also aim to help get these films talked about and screened more broadly in cinemas in Britain, in the same way that Iranian cinema has been. London, of course, has a huge Asian audience for these movies, but many non-Asian Britons would also like to find out more about the 1.2 billion strong India of today, and cinema is a great way to do this."