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Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival

Europe’s largest South Asian film festival is now online. Discover the best independent Indian cinema, from features and documentaries to on-stage highlights from the festival itself.

The selected films cover a wide range of South Asian languages to reflect the linguistic diversity of the UK's Indian and South Asian communities and all films are subtitled in English.

"New Indian Cinema is exciting, adventurous and volatile like the country itself."

Ketan Mehta

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Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival

2016 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

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Jugni
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Jugni 2016

Exuberant Hindi romance about a composer searching for a golden voice, who unexpectedly falls for a vibrant younger performer.

115 mins India Director. Shefali Bhushan

Shefali Bhushan's Jugni has an infectious charm.

- The New Indian Express

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I Am Not He... She 2015

Lingadevaru’s unforgettable drama, based on an empowering true story a young boy who travels to Bangalore to follow his dream of becoming a woman.

115 mins India Director. B.S. Lingadevaru

"Watch this film, for there are very few that talk about the transgender community without using cliches and humour and present the story as it is...

... This film gives the viewer an India we often choose to overlook."

- The Times of India

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Fireflies in the Abyss 2015

This absorbing documentary follows Suraj a 11-year-old boy who works in the 'rat-hole' mines in the Jaintia Hills of North East India, armed with nothing more than a pickaxe and a head torch. In these hostile pits, every day is a game of death.

88 mins India Director. Chandrashekar Reddy

"A thought-provoking study into nowhere lives that want to get somewhere."

- Indian Express

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Jalal's Story 2014

Abu Shahed Emon's entrancing film tackles several of Bangladesh's pressing social issues in the story of an abandoned child, believed to be cursed, who ends up entering a life of crime.

India Director. Abu Shahed Emon

"Writer-director Emon tackles issues ranging from women’s rights or lack thereof to the enduring hold superstitions have on some parts of modern Bangladesh."

- The Hollywood Reporter

PAST FESTIVAL FAVOURITES

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The Lunchbox 2013 PG

Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in this exquisite Indian drama, brimful of tantalising food and elegantly delivered wisdom.

104 mins Director. Ritesh Batra

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Director Ritesh Batra on The Lunchbox (Q&A)
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Director Ritesh Batra on The Lunchbox (Q&A) 2013

Ritesh Batra discusses the inspirations and collaborations behind his first feature, The Lunchbox.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Court 2014 PG

Hailed as a modern classic channelling the spirit of Satyajit Ray, Chaitanya Tamhane's film is an absurdist portrait of injustice in contemporary India.

116 mins India Director. Chaitanya Tamhane

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Farhan Akhtar at the London Indian Film Festival
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Farhan Akhtar at the London Indian Film Festival 2015

The actor-director-producer discusses his big break, his screenwriter parents and the course of his career, at the London Indian Film Festival.

42 mins United Kingdom

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Santosh Sivan at the London Indian Film Festival
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Santosh Sivan at the London Indian Film Festival 2014

The director and cinematographer talks about his life and career, the influence of nature on his work and his love of Bicycle Thieves (1948).

60 mins United Kingdom

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Adoor Gopalakrishnan discusses his work
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Adoor Gopalakrishnan discusses his work 2013

South Indian filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan talks to Derek Malcolm as part of the 2013 London Indian Film Festival.

15 mins United Kingdom

View Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File director Q&A
Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File director Q&A
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Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File director Q&A 2015

Ananth Narayan Mahadevan joins actor Konkona Sen Sharma to discuss their biopic about one of the last remaining Gandhian freedom fighters in India.

14 mins United Kingdom

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An American in Madras 2013

Fascinating documentary about Ellis R. Dungan, the American-born filmmaker who arrived in India in 1935 and went on to revolutionise Tamil cinema.

80 mins India Director. Karan Bali

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Churni Ganguly on Nirbashito 2015

The writer-director discusses her debut feature inspired by the Bangladeshi author in exile, Taslima Nasreen.

22 mins United Kingdom

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Sudhanshu Saria on Loev
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Sudhanshu Saria on Loev 2015

The director-producer talks about his politically radical gay love story from India.

3 mins United Kingdom

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