8 Indian films selected for BFI London Film Festival
Eight Indian films will be screened at the 56th edition of the BFI London Film Festival. The films are, Aiyya by Sachin Kundalkar, Chakravyuh by Prakash Jha, Mahanagar by Satyajit Ray, Peddlers by Vasan Bala, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mira Nair, Save Your Legs!
by Boyd Hicklin, Ship of Theseus by Anand Gandhi and With You, Without You by Prasanna Vithanage. The festival will be held from 10th – 21st October, 2012.
Aiyya by Sachin Kundalkar is a story of a Mumbai girl who falls in love with a hunky man from Tamil Nadu after catching his scent.
Chakravyuh, starring Abhay Deol, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpayee with others, is a story of two brothers who inevitably stand on the opposite sides of the law. The film is under the Thrill Gala section of the festival.
Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar gives a warm, witty and genuine insight into Calcutta’s society in the mid 50s when a housewife offers to help her husband by working as a ‘salesgirl’.
Peddlers by Vasan Bala traces survival in the city of Mumbai, with a violent narcotic cop, a drug mule and unbound loyalties.
Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (USA/India/Pakistan), is based on Moshin Hamid’s novel by the same name. Changez, a young man settled in New York, US pivots between a glittering stockbroker career in New York and his home culture thousands of miles away in Pakistan.
Save Your Legs! by Boyd Hicklin is a comedy wherein a D-grade Melbourne cricket team travels to the Indian sub-continent.
Ship of Theseus by Anand Gandhi is an elegant documentary style drama about three separate philosophical stories in Mumbai that converge at a single point of illumination.
With You, Without You (Sri Lanka/India) by Prasanna Vithanage tells a story of lovers from opposite sides who are forced to confront a terrible past in post-civil war Sri Lanka.