Prakash Jha’s epic political thriller ‘Chakravyuh’ will have its’ world premiere at the 56th BFI London Film Festival this October in a first for an Indian feature film.
The film boasts some of the finest acting talent in Bollywood, including Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpayee, Om Puri and Kabir Bedi, and is centred on the long running conflict between the government and Communist insurgents in the jungles of eastern India.
‘Chakravyuh’ is one of 9 motion pictures from the sub-continent that will be featured at the 12-day event beginning 10th October.
Among the other films featuring South Asian talent or themes will be ‘Midnight’s Children’, Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker prize-winning novel; Mira Nair’s ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ starring British Asian actor and musician Riz Ahmed; ‘Aiyya’, a romantic-comedy helmed by Sachin Kundalkar and starring Rani Mukherjee and ‘With You, Without You’, the new production from talented Sri Lankan writer and director Prasanna Vithanage.
The British Film Institute will also hold a special screening of Satyajit Ray’s ‘Mahanagar’ as part of the Festival.
The Festival will screen a total of 225 fiction and documentary features, including 14 World Premiers and some 34 European Premieres; ‘Midnight’s Children’ and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ among the latter.
LFF 2012 screenings will be held at traditional Festival venues such as Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square and Empire Cinema as well as at the Hackney Picturehouse, Renoir, Everyman Screen on the Green and Rich Mix in East London.
The BFI London Film Festival 2012 opens with the European Premiere of Tim Burton’s animated 3D romp ‘Frankenweenie’.
For listings and venues, visit www.bfi.org.uk/lff/
– UKAsian Staff