Serious Film lovers in London are in for some excitement as London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) is back with some amazing collection of films discussing the lives of Asians in a new light. Since London has always been a city of art connoisseurs, The Bagri Foundation comes up with an interesting line up of films, which is scheduled from July 16-23. Considering the growing popularity of Asian cinema, the festival will expand to Birmingham.

The 6th edition of the festival is one of the biggest platforms for South Asian cinema will screen Prashant Nair’s Umrika. Winner of Audience Award at 2015 Sundance Film Festival, starring Suraj Sharma and Tony Revolori is the most awaited film. A Delhi boy and student of prestigious St. Stephens College Suraj Sharma rose to limelight with Ang Lee’s hit film Life of Pi plays a pivotal role in the film. Tony Revolori, yet another talented actor who made a mark with his comic role in the film The Grand Budapest Hotel will join Suraj at the inaugural event on July 16.

The film Umrika is about village boys and their perception about USA. The film was widely appreciated and Indian-American director Prashant Nair narrated cultural stereotypes through his tight scripts. Nair’s film Delhi In a Day was earlier screened earlier at the 2012 edition. There’s good news for Satyajit Ray fans as the Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition & Award, supported by the Bagri Foundation will be included.

Cricketing fans can rejoice as the festival will end on a serious note discussing the most popular sport enjoyed by Britons and Asians. Documentary Death Of a Gentleman, directed by Sam Collins will be the highlight of the closing day ceremony. The film features interviews of prominent members of the cricketing fraternity such as Ravi Shastri, Kevin Pietersen, Lalit Modi, N Srinivasan and Giles Clarke. The documentary was in news largely for raising some pertinent about the future of cricketing with its shift towards commerce driven twenty-20.

Noted Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, who hails from Nepal’s royal family, will attend the festival to raise funds for Nepal Earthquake victims. Versatile actress Konkona Sen Sharma will also attend the festival as two of her films titled Saari Raat and Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File will be screened too. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Aparna Sen based on popular play by Badal Sircar, the film features Konkona in yet another interesting character.

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