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12th London Asian Film Festival attracts Bollywood stars



March 2, 2010 2:30:55 PM IST
Steven Baker, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Bollywood fans in the UK will get the chance to interact with some of the biggest names in the Hindi film industry at the Tongues on Fire 12th London Asian Film Festival (5-14 March 2010). Leading Bollywood figures are scheduled to attend including Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Soha Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore. The festival will give audiences the chance to see some of Bollywood's biggest hits of the last few years in London's West End, including Tarun Mansukhani's DOSTANA, Mani Ratnam's GURU and Shimit Amin's CHAK DE! INDIA.

A BAFTA interview with Abhishek Bachchan opens the festival on Friday, celebrating the cinematic achievements of Junior Bachchan. The event will be followed by an Opening Gala Dinner where Jaya Bachchan, the first lady of Bollywood, will be presented with "A Lifetime Achievement Award" for her contribution to the Indian film industry. Abhishek, who has been nominated for Filmfare awards for his roles in BUNTY AUR BABLY, GURU and DOSTANA, is scheduled to deliver an Actor's Masterclass, giving film practitioners and cinema lovers the opportunity to interact with their idol and learn what makes him and the characters he plays so successful.

Festival Director Pushpinder Chowdhry believes Asian film has the feel good factor and the ability to speak to a wide range of audiences, "This year's Tongues on Fire couldn't come at a better time. With MY NAME IS KHAN smashing records at cinemas around the country to become the most successful Bollywood film in British box office history, it's the perfect time to celebrate the achievements of Asian cinema."

Tongues on Fire also celebrates other South Asian cinemas, as well British Indian films such as the Om Puri starrer LIFE GOES ON, which has its premiere screening at the closing night event with actors Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan. Pioneer of middle cinema, Shyam Benegal, whose WELL DONE ABBA is being shown, will be giving a film direction workshop and taking part in a BAFTA interview. Festival patron, the writer, actress and comedian Meera Syal says, "I have been very proud to be associated with Tongues on Fire over the years - both as an excited viewer, and also as a participant, and am honoured to be the Patron of the Festival."

(Steven Baker is a UK writer who divides his time between London, Delhi, and Mumbai. Steven is best known for his writing on the Hindi Film Industry, his work regularly appears in a range of Indian, NRI, and international publications. Steven Baker is presently the Co-ordinater of the British Council's Creative Writing course in New Delhi. He has also appeared in 15 Bollywood films.)



 
 

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