Saris & Shotguns: LIFF 2012

An essential round-up of this year’s event

Posted: 11.06.12

Film buffs, get your diaries out! The London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) returns for it’s third year bringing you the best in independent, experimental and Indian short films to the UK. The festival takes place at venues throughout the capital between June 20th-July 5th showcasing films across a wide variety of genres and includes premieres and Q&A sessions with directors.


Supported by Film London and Western Union and with Asiana as the official media partner, the festival goes way beyond Bollywood, with films that challenge, shock, generate debate and present a more realistic view of India today, in all its colour and diversity.

Screenings stretch city wide, opening in the West End at the Cineworld Haymarket and continuing at the BFI Southbank, ICA, Nehru Centre, Watermans in Brentford, Wood Green, Wandsworth and The O2 in Greenwich. For the first time the festival also joins forces with the Tate Modern to curate a season of new Indian experimental film and video that will stretch understandings between film and art.


The programme covers a wide range of themes and issues from gun-toting action movies, the struggles of frustrated urban youth, twisted romance, Tamil gangsters in the heart of London, kite flying childhood rites of passage to a sari-clad drag queen extravaganza – something for everyone!

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Festival Director said: ‘In addition to showing great movies, we also aim to help get these films talked about and screened more broadly in cinemas in the UK. London of course has a huge Asian audience for these movies, but many non-Asian Brits would also like to find out more about the 1.2 billion strong population India in today, and cinema is a great way to do this.’


The opening night kicks off with the UK Premiere screening of Gangs of Wasseypur by maverick Mumbai director Anurag Kashyap and the festival will go on to showcase the work of the new wave of independent South Asian and British Asian filmmakers, including a director only named as ‘Q’, and Srijit Mukherji, whose thrill a minute whodunit Baishey Shrabon (Seventh August) will close the festival on July 3rd.  


London Indian Film Festival is supported by Film London’s Cultural Film Exhibition Fund through the National Lottery on behalf of the BFI.

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