Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming thriller thriller Dobaaraa, starring Taapsee Pannu, was confirmed Tuesday as the opening film at the 2022 London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) on June 23, ahead of its July 1 release in India. Female filmmakers will be at the forefront of this year’s LIFF, including the European premiere of Aparna Sen-directed film The Rapist, starring Konkana Sen Sharma and Arjun Rampal.
“We have premiered a number of Anurag’s films in the UK over the past 12 years – including That Girl In Yellow Boots and Gangs of Wasseypur. Anurag delivers another fresh directorial approach and an intriguing, 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 extraordinarily powerful cavalcade of exciting new premieres at this year’s festival in 10 different languages and some very rare face-to-face talks led by India’s greatest filmmaker Aparna Sen,” added Sawhney.
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, is spread over two weeks and will be showing a variety of films in cinemas from next month across London and regionally in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.
“The premiere of Dobaaraa at the London Film Festival just before its theatrical release is a testament to the fact that its modern, cutting-edge narrative is loved and applauded around the world,” said Ektaa R. Kapoor, the producer behind the opening film. Dobaaraa is our first film under Cult Movies, our new film division dedicated to telling compelling, offbeat and genre-bending stories. I am excited about Dobaaraa and its presence amidst various famous international films from around the world and can’t wait to present the film to the Indian audience on July 1, 2022,” she said.
Other UK premieres at this year’s film festival, which celebrates Indian and South Asian cinema, include Pan Nalin’s tribute to the Celluloid Chello Show and Anik Dutta’s Aparajito – a tribute to the journey of legendary director Satyajit Ray, his first film, the cult classic Pather Panchali , to rotate.
An intimate look at modern Calcutta, Once Upon a Time in Calcutta by Aditya Vikram Sengupta is also included in the festival programme. Set to a score by Oscar winner AR Rahman, who is also executive producer, No Land’s Man will also be screened at the film gala. The acclaimed film is directed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays the role of a man grappling with the complexities of identity.
Under the festival’s motto “Save the Planet”, ecological and climate issues will be covered in “The Road to Kuthriyar”, “No Ground Beneath My Feet” and “Hatibondhu”. The Canadian-Indian documentary Superfan: The Nav Bhatia Story, centered on the Toronto Raptors basketball team’s biggest fan, closes the festival. After the London leg ending on July 3rd, the LIFF finishes in Birmingham on July 5th and Manchester on July 6th.
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