News, Shows and Events|July 14, 2011 5:27 pm

London Indian Film Festival Award Winners Announced

Ketan Mehta the Indian independent cinema’s director of Rang Rasiya (Colours Of Passion) won the Audience Award at the 2nd London Indian Film Festival (June 30 – July 12).

Audiences voted for their favourite films across 28 screenings during the festival.

Ketan Mehta said,

I am thrilled that my passion project has won the coveted audience award at the London Indian Film Festival. The premiere in the historic surroundings of the Victoria, Albert museum was wonderful and the interaction with London audiences was great. This award is the icing on the cake.

‘Day In The Life’ also Won The Satyajit Ray Foundation’s Short Film Award for 2011, the film judges felt was a well crafted, beautifully observed and honest, it’s a portrait of a poor but aspirational young boy named ‘Amar’ by filmmaker Andrew Hinton.

Hinton said,

I would share his £1,000 prize money with the boy.

The award was presented to Hinton by one of the Jury member Menhaj Huda who is a director of films like ‘Kidulthood’ and ‘Everywhere and Nowhere’.

The festival opened with the World Premiere of Abhinay Deo’s ‘Delhi Belly’, produced by Aamir Khan Productions and UTV Motion Pictures and closed with the UK premiere of Srijit Mukherji’s hit film ‘Autograph’,

The closing of the night was preceded by performance of Raghu Dixit with his chart topping music.

The festival also screened the premier of Anurag Kashyap’s ‘That Girl In Yellow Boots’ at the BFI and the film has secured UK distribution on the back of the sold out screening. Other film screened were ‘Memories in March’ and ‘Aarekti Premer Golpo’ (Just Another Love Story) with director turned actor Rituparno Ghosh participating in as about the films that explore gay and transgender experience.

Director of the Festival Cary Sawhney said,

It’s been an amazing year for us, in spite of the recession, many people have got behind our festival and really made it work, including our internationally known team. In just two years we are pleased to have brought to London some of India’s top talent, including the World Premiere of Delhi Belly from the Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan stable, which has become a global hit; to sold out As with leading independent directors Anurag Kashyap, Rituparno Ghosh and the legendary Ketan Mehta, at some of London’s top venues. Excited about next year.