With nearly 250 films screening, his year's 58th BFI London Film Festival is set to be the biggest yet. And it's a bumper year for South Asian cinema with films from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka joining features from the UK.
Here are the main highlights. (Click on film titles for venues and timings).
Based on a true-story, this compelling drama explores disability in India through the story of a young Punjabi girl suffering from cerebral palsy. The gifted Kalki Koechlin plays the central role of Laila, a university student, writer, lyricist and musician who is confined to a wheelchair. After winning a scholarship to New York University, Laila moves to Manhattan with her mother (played by the veteran south Indian actress and activist Revathi). In the city that never sleeps, Laila falls in love with Sayani Gupta's fiery young activist Khanum: a love that threatens chaos for Laila and her family. Writer, producer and director Shonali Bose is no stranger to tackling difficult subjects. Her 2005 feature debut 'Amu' - based on her novel of the same name - was a skilfully crafted exploration of the 1984 anti-Sikh massacres in Delhi through the eyes of a young Indian American girl. 'Margarita, with a Straw' had its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month and received an extended standing ovation with some critics drawing parallels between Koechlin's performance and Daniel Day Lewis' Oscar-winning turn as cerebral palsy sufferer Christy Brown in 'My Left Foot'.Read More »