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Barfi! To close the London Asian Film Festival!

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The one and only! The London Asian Film Festival is here!

The London Asian Film Festival began in 1999 and is in its 15th year:

“The London Asian Film Festival by Tongues on Fire is a festival dedicated to expressing the drive and spirit of independent cinema from South Asia. The festival provides a unique platform for Asians working in film and media around the world. Our screenings and events include feature films, documentaries, short films, panel discussions, and educational and community screenings.”

Beginning on the 7th March 2013 and ending on the 15th March 2013.

This festival will be a special one for all those who attend, as it will be celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema.

Usually the festival showcases films from all over the world, the USA, India, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Assam, Pakistan and Britain, this time will be no different and will also showcase independent short films.

As well as showcasing 100 years of Indian cinema, the festival has an aim to focus on the journey of women in film and to tackle issues that are political and of controversy.

A few of the films that are lined up for the audience members are: Sridevi’s English Vinglish3 Idiots actor Omi Vaidya’s Big in Bollywood documentary and the Neil Nitin Mukesh starrer David.

The festival is going to start at the British Film Institute Southbank with the film: Listen Amaya which looks at the relationship between mother and daughter, the film deals with issues such as Alzheimer’s and widowers too. The Director Avinash Kumar Singh will be giving an interview after the screening.

On the 11th March at the Nehru centre English Vinglish’s director Gauri Shinde will be appearing at a directors workshop.

A few of the venues are: The British Film Institute Southbank, Harrow Arts Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies, The Nehru centre, and the BBC Club.

Barfi! is an Indian sweet however in the context of the film it is the name of the lead character Ranbir Kapoor who plays Murphy but being deaf and mute pronounces it as Barfi! The touching story portrays Murphy’s relationship with two women, one of whom is autistic (actress – Priyanka Chopra).

Barfi! has received many accolades and ovations’ and this film which highlights the differently abled people with characters who are deaf and mute and also autistic is likely to receive the same from the London Asian Film Festival (LAFF) and it importantly will be the film that closes the festival.

The director of Barfi!, Anurag Basu, will be taking part in a post screening talk at the MAYFAIR hotel in London on the 17th March.

The LAFF say of their program “that we have an exciting mix of great new independent films, some old classics and recent thought provoking films you may have missed.”


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  1. Fun to read, excellent, thanks


    March 7, 2013 at 8:48 pm

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