‘Monsoon Shootout’ to Kick Off London Indian Film Festival

Monsoon Shootout Cannes Amit Kumar

London Indian Film Festival to close with 'Bombay Talkies'

Cannes Hindi-language players “Monsoon Shootout” and “Bombay Talkies” will bookend the London Indian Film Festival, which this year runs July 18-25.

The U.K. premiere of Amit Kumar’s “Monsoon Shootout” will open the festival , which closes with the omnibus “Bombay Talkies,” featuring segments directed by Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap.

In between, films in the regional Indian languages of Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Malayalam and Marathi will unspool.

Using venues from the West End to the O2 in Royal Greenwich and ICA in Pall Mall, the festival’s fourth edition will also expand beyond the capital to tour Bradford and Glasgow. The fest also expands its selection to include Pakistani film “Josh” in Urdu.

On July 19 Malayali director Adoor Gopalakrishnan (“Shadow Kill”) will offer a master class and on July 20 thesp Irrfan Khan (“Life of Pi”) will take part in a conversation with “Senna” helmer Asif Kapadia.

Industry events include a BAFTA function exploring U.K. 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.

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