The full programme of the London Indian Film Festival 2012 has been revealed with an exciting and eclectic roster of feature films set to thrill audiences across London.
The 3rd annual edition of the popular Festival will begin as it means to continue with the UK premier of Anurag Kashyap's powerful 'Gangs of Wasseypur'.
The five-hour gangster epic - the first commercial film by India's most respected independent filmmaker - vowed audiences and critics alike at the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival and will open LIFF 2012 on June 20 at Cineworld Haymarket.
'Gangs' is one of several motion pictures that will premier at the June event.
It's testament to LIFF's growing stature as the leading showcase for independent Indian cinema in Britain.
Bollywood veteran Jackie Shroff's Tamil film debut 'Aaranya Kaandam' will have its UK premier on June 26 at Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue.
The film has been described as the first Tamil 'neo-noir' film, with the style and pathos of Film Noir but with a 21st century upgrade.
'Aaranya' tells the story of an ageing mafia don, played by Shroff and how he comes to terms with his declining powers. The film has received critical acclaim in India and won several National Awards.
Also premiering at LIFF 2012 will be 'Baishey Srabon', a hit Bengali movie about a serial killer adding to the chaos of Kolkata and the alcoholic ex-cop enlisted to track the murderer down.
The London Indian Film Festival has long displayed a particular fondness for Bengali cinema, reflecting the region's extraordinarily creativity and LIFF 2012 is no different.
Aside from Baishey Srabon, the Festival features a number of other critically acclaimed pictures from India's sultry North East.
Most prominent is 'Gandu', peculiarly named director 'Q's monochrome tour de force about sex, drugs, rap and youthful angst in Kolkata.
The film has been doing the rounds at a number of film festivals over the past 18 months and was screened as part of the BFI London Film Festival 2011.
The screening at LIFF 2012 will be followed by a special live rap performance by the director at BFI Southbank.
Among the Hindi film highlights are 'Gattu', which tells the story of a child's passion for kite flying, 'Dekh Indian Circus', a beautiful and heart warming Rajasthani film about poverty, politics and family and 'Delhi in a Day' a darkly comic take on the disparities between India's newly rich Middle Class and their servants.
LIFF 2012 will also screen several of crossover films for the first time: most notably 'Tooting Broadway', director Dev Shanmugam's urban crime drama about the gang culture that blights London's Tamil community.
'Alison and Arjun', director Sidarth Sharma's meditation on race relations in Britain will have its' world premier during the festival as will 'A Decent Arrangement' an Indo-American film directed by Philadelphia-based playwright Sarovar Banka about cultural identity and arranged marriage.
For the full LIFF 2012 programme, visit www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk
- Poonam Joshi