Anurag Kashyap’s “Dobaaraa” to open the London Indian Film Festival

Female filmmakers will be at the forefront of this year’s edition of LIFF, including the European premiere of Aparna Sen director’s “The Rapist”, starring Konkana Sen Sharma and Arjun Rampal.

Female filmmakers will be at the forefront of this year’s edition of LIFF, including the European premiere of Aparna Sen director’s “The Rapist”, starring Konkana Sen Sharma and Arjun Rampal.

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming thriller ‘Dobaaraa’, starring Taapsee Pannu, was confirmed as the 2022 London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) 2022 opening night world premiere on June 23, ahead of its July 1 release in India. .

Female filmmakers will be at the forefront of this year’s edition of LIFF, including the European premiere of Aparna Sen director’s “The Rapist”, starring Konkana Sen Sharma and Arjun Rampal.

“We’ve premiered a number of Anurag films in the UK over the past 12 years, including ‘That Girl In Yellow Boots’ and ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’.

“Anurag offers a new approach to filmmaking and a captivating and twisted story. Actor Taapsee Pannu steals the show as a young woman caught between two lives in different decades,” said festival director Cary Rajinder Sawhney.

“We are also delighted with the exceptionally strong cavalcade of exciting new premieres at this year’s festival in 10 different languages ​​and very rare in-person talks with India’s foremost filmmaker Aparna Sen,” Sawhney added.

This year’s LIFF, supported by Blue Orchid Hotels, Integrity International, the British Film Institute (BFI), the Bagri Foundation and the Arts Council of England, spans a fortnight from next month to screen a variety of films in cinemas across London as well as in the region in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.

“The premiere of ‘Dobaaraa’ at the London Film Festival just before its theatrical release is testament to the fact that its groundbreaking narrative is thoroughly loved and applauded around the world,” said Ektaa R Kapoor, the producer at the origin of the opening. night movie.

“‘Dobaaraa’ is our first film under Cult Movies, our new film division which is dedicated to telling gripping, ground-breaking and genre-changing stories. I am thrilled with ‘Dobaaraa’ and its presence among various famous international films. from all over the world and I look forward to bringing the film to Indian audiences on July 1, 2022,” she said.

Other UK premieres at this year’s film festival celebrating Indian and South Asian cinema in Britain include Pan Nalin’s tribute to celluloid ‘Chello Show’ and Anik Dutta’s ‘Aparajito’ – a tribute to the legendary director Satyajit Ray who directed his first film, the cult classic “Pather Panchali”.

An intimate look at present-day Kolkata, “Once Upon a Time in Calcutta” by Aditya Vikram Sengupta is also on the festival programme.

With a score by Oscar-winning actor AR Rahman, also executive producer, “No Land’s Man” will also be screened during the film’s gala. The acclaimed film is headlined by Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays the role of a man struggling with the complexities of identity.

As part of the “Save the Planet” component of the festival, ecological and climate themes are explored in “The Road to Kuthriyar”, “No Ground Beneath My Feet” and “Hatibondhu”.

The Indian-Canadian documentary “Superfan: The Nav Bhatia Story”, which revolves around the biggest fan of the Toronto Raptors basketball team, will close the festival.

After the London leg, which ends on July 3, LIFF will end in Birmingham on July 5 and Manchester on July 6.

Darcy J. Skinner