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Monsoon Shootout, Bombay Talkies to bookend 4th London IFF

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MUMBAI: Amit Kumar‘s trigger happy Monsoon Shootout will be the red carpet UK premiere opening night film of the 4th annual London Indian Film Festival (IFF) to be held between 18-25 July, Together with O2. This film is a version of Sliding Doors meets a hyper-real cop thriller, which will have you on the edge of your seats. Closing the festival will be a special UK premiere of Bombay Talkies with four stories by acclaimed directors Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap exploring 100 years of Indian cinema, studded with top independent and Bollywood stars. Both films had a triumphant reception at the recent Cannes Film Festival and special guests are expected for both screenings.

Now Europe‘s largest platform for Indian cinema, the London IFF returns to the Capital, celebrating the movement of Indian independent cinema and bringing to UK audiences a rare selection of cutting-edge films from some of India‘s hottest independent talents. Going way beyond Bollywood, the festival presents a kaleidoscope of new films that challenge, shock, generate debate and present a more realistic view of India and the subcontinent, in all its diversity. For the first time, the festival is going on tour to Bradford and Glasgow.

The centerpiece In conversation on Saturday 20 July at the BFI Southbank, will be with actor Irrfan Khan, one of the very few Indians to straddle Hollywood, British and Indian cinema, talking to award winning director of Senna, Asif Kapadia. Khan‘s memorable film roles include BAFTA winner, The Warrior and Oscar winners, Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi and Hollywood biggies like The Amazing Spider-Man, The Darjeeling Limited and The Namesake, and Bollywood hits Life In A Metro, Mumbai Meri JaanNew York and Paan Singh Tomar.

London IFF also has films and events for a wide range of audiences and includes industry events at BAFTA, exploring UK and Indian subcontinent co-productions. The winner of the annual Satyajit Ray short film competition will be announced at the end of the festival at The Nehru Centre in Mayfair.

The Major sponsors this year will include O2 International Sim, and the festival is also grant funded for the first time, by the BFI Film Festival Fund.

Festival director Cary Rajinder Sawhney comments, "We are delighted that the festival is growing from strength to strength. If you want to find out more about south Asian cinema come and soak yourself in a week of magnificent films in London, or catch the festival tour in Bradford and Glasgow."

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