Love Sex Aur Dhokha

UK first ever Film Festival celebrating Alternative Indian Cinema: London 15th – 20th July 2010

 
London INDIAN Film Festival
UK Welcomes first ever Film Festival celebrating Alternative Indian Cinema  Celebrating the burgeoning movement of alternative Indian cinema, the first ever annual London INDIAN Film Festival launches from 15th – 20th July in London, showcasing a repertoire of cutting edge films from some of India’s hottest independent talents.
Going way beyond Bollywood, these are films that challenge, push the boundaries, activate debate and present a more realistic view of India today in all its colour and diversity.   
Showcasing the work of India’s new wave of avant-garde filmmakers, London INDIAN Film Festival’s programme of films will be screened across London, opening in West End at Cineworld, Haymarket then continuing at Barbican, Nehru Centre, Watermans and Genesis cinemas.
The Festival covers a wide range of themes and issues from family dramas, coming-of age tales to twisted urban romance. What pervades many of these films is a new more assured Indian cool, experimenting with cinematic styles, new technology and influenced by themes both East and West, which has helped them win favour with the young in-crowd in super cities like Mumbai, as well as with connoisseurs of world cinema across the globe.  
India is the largest film producing country in the world producing up to 1,000 films a year and out stripping Hollywood. But apart from mainstream Bollywood, very few of these films are seen in the UK. Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Festival Director explains, “Apart from just showing great movies, we also aim to help get these films talked about and screened more broadly in cinemas in the UK, in the same way that Iraniain cinema has been. London of course has a huge Asian audience for these movies, but many Brits would also like to see what’s going on in the 1.2 billion strong India today and cinema is a great way to do this”. 
The London INDIAN Film Festival opens at Cineworld, Haymarket on 15th July with the UK Premiere of the groundbreaking ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhokha’, (‘Love, Sex and Betrayal’) by director, Dibakar Banerjee. Through three intertwined tales, this controversial film explores sexuality, voyeurism, love and betrayal in modern India. The film features a cast of unknowns, but it’s radical revision, challenging the romantic Indian fairy-tale romance, was a big Box Office hit when it was released in India in March.
Featuring India’s first ever on-screen sex scene, the Premiere will screen the uncensored, international version of the film, rather than the censored India version.
The Opening Night screening will be attended by an array of international celebrities and VIP’s.  
Other highlights of the festival include the high-impact ‘City of Gold’ by maverick director, Mahesh Manjrekar, on the forgotten history of mill workers of Mumbai whose livelihoods were crushed when the mills were converted into a development of glitzy shopping malls and five star hotels. 
Meanwhile, ‘Last Chance Mumbai’ is a sophisticated multi-strand ensemble exploring the connective lives of the city’s inhabitants over a 24-hour period by acclaimed director, Saeed Akhtar Mirza.  
‘Road to Sangam’ directed by Amit Rai, explores ideas of Nation India and sometimes conflicting religious identity.  It tells the story of one Muslim man’s desire to help take Mahatma Gandhi’s remaining ashes to the holy river and explores the experiences of Muslims living in India 60 years after Independence.

 Road to Sangam

The Closing Night Film is the UK Premiere Vihir’ (‘The Well’) by award winning director Umesh Kulkarni (World Premiered at Berlin Film Festival), which is stunningly filmed against the grandeur of the rolling Indian plains, as two adolescent friends inspire each other’s journey to manhood.  
London INDIAN Film Festival partners from across the industry are supporting the Festival.
The Satyajit Ray Foundation’s Short Film Competition has joined the Festival with the winning filmmaker receiving a £1,000 Award on 20th July at Cineworld, Haymarket 
For more information and bookings please visit www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk 
Some highlights of the key film premieres at the Festival:
·         Launch of First Indian Film Festival in UK to showcase independent Indian cinema
·         Opening Night Premiere, LOVE, SEX AUR DHOKHA, features commercial Indian cinema’s first sex scene.
·         Independent Indian cinema reflective of “New India” and emerging middle class  
·         Independent Indian cinema tackles unconventional narratives such as: sexuality, infidelity, emancipation of women and empowerment, exposing corruption in the system.

 

Love Sex Aur Dhokha
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·         Shocking and gripping, this international version of hit film Love, Sex Aur Dhokha pulls no punches as it introduces us to the surveillance crammed world of today’s mega-city India. Deftly told through 3 inter-twinned stories, Banerjee takes us on a roller coaster ride of twisted tales of young love, soaked in betrayal. 
·         Director: Dibakar Banerjee
·         Hindi with English sub-titles
·         Running time 104 mins approx, Release 2010
·         Cert: 15
·         Uncensored version  
 
City of Gold 
·         This is a powerful tale about the untold story behind today’s Mumbai – regarded by many as the ‘City of Gold’. The Dhuri family of mill workers, headed by their strong-willed mother, played by Seema Biswas (Bandit Queen), live on the edge of the slums. They struggle to survive the abyss of poverty as Mumbai’s great mills are struck down by political corruption and commercial greed, to make way for glittering new shopping malls and five star hotels.
·         Director: Mahesh Manjrekar
·         Hindi with English subtitles
·         Running Time (142 mins), Release April 2010, with Seema Biswas.
·         Cert: 15 
 
Dev D 
·         Trailblazer of a younger generation of Indian directors Anurag Kashyap brings a brilliant, luxuriantly visual re-telling to the classic story of Devdas, who treats his girlfriend in the wrong way and ends up the broken hearted lover.
·         Dir. Anurag Kashyap
·         Hindi with English subtitles
·         Cert: 15 
 
Road to Sangam 
·         A last urn of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes are discovered and have to be taken to the confluence (Sangam) of the holy rivers. A Muslim mechanic is tasked to prepare Gandhi’s vehicle but inter-religious strife lead to him being torn between his morals. Featuring a cameo appearance by Tushar Gandhi (grandson of the Mahatma) with Indian cinema greats, Paresh Rawal and Om Puri (East is East).
·         Writer /Dir. Amit Rai
·         Hindi with English subtitles
·         Running time (135 mins), Release 2010
·         Cert: 12a 
 
§  Website: www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk 
§  Listings Information: CENTRAL LONDON VENUE  
Thursday 15 July Opening Night UK Premiere
Cineworld Haymarket Tel: 0871 200 2000
www.cineworld.co.uk
Tickets: £9.50 (conc.: £7.50)
7.00pm Love, Sex Aur Dhokha (15) Followed by Q&A with director, Dibakar BanerjeeRunning time 104 mins approx, Release 2010
Hindi with English subtitles
Shocking and gripping, this international version of hit film Love, Sex Aur Dhokha pulls no punches as it introduces us to the surveillance crammed world of today’s mega-city India. Deftly told through 3 inter-twinned stories, Banerjee takes us on a roller coaster ride of twisted tales of young love, soaked in betrayal.   
 
Friday 16 July Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF www.nehrucentre.org.uk
FREE but RSVP essential Email: rsvp@nehrucentre.org.uk
Tel: 020 7491 3567 3.00pm
Satyajit Ray Foundation’s Short Film Award Nominated Short Films Screening at Nehru Centre 
Tuesday 20 July Cineworld Haymarket Tel: 0871 200 2000 www.cineworld.co.uk 
Tickets: £9.50 (conc.: £7.50) 7.00pm Satyajit Ray Foundation’s Short Film Award announced, followed by Closing Night film: VIHIR (THE WELL) (12)
Q&A with director, Umesh Kulkarni and producer Girish Kulkarni after screening Running Time (117 mins), Release 2010 Language: Marathi with English subtitles A wonderfully moving coming of age tale, stunningly filmed amongst the grandeur of the rolling Indian plains.
Two adolescent best friends inspire each other as they grow up, until one makes a fateful decision that will change the others life forever.  
CITY  Saturday 17 July Barbican Cinema Tel: 020 7 638 8891 www.barbican.org.uk/film/festivals.asp 
Tickets:  Standard: £7.50 online (£9.50 full price)
Barbican Members: £6.50 online (£7.50 full price)
Concessions: £7.50
7.45pm Last Chance Mumbai (12)
Dir. Saeed Akhtar Mirza Running time 120 mins approx, Release 2009 Hindi with English subtitles
Monsoon Wedding’ actor Vijay Raaz leads an impressive cast of characters in this multi-strand ensemble, set in the megalopolis of modern Mumbai, that explores the connected lives of the city’s varied inhabitants over the same 24 hour period.
Raaz (a thief), sparks a sequence of events that bring all our characters lives into headlong collision. 
Sunday 18 July Eastern Eye Gala at Barbican 3.45pm Road to Sangam (12a)Writer /Dir. Amit Rai Running time (135 mins), Release 2010 Hindi with English subtitlesA last urn of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes are discovered and have to be taken to the confluence (Sangam) of the holy rivers. A Muslim mechanic is tasked to prepare Gandhi’s vehicle but inter-religious strife lead to him being torn between his morals. Featuring a cameo appearance by Tushar Gandhi (grandson of the Mahatma) with Indian cinema greats, Paresh Rawal and Om Puri (East is East). 
 
EAST LONDON  Genesis Cinema 93-95 Mile End Road
London E1 4UJ
020 7780 2000  www.genesiscinema.co.uk
Ticket Prices Mon-Thurs Full price £6.00, Student/ Concessions £5.00
Weekend Full price £7.50, Student/Concessions £5.00
Other ticket prices available for senior, children and families.
Friday 16 July 7.00pm City of Gold (15)
Sunday 18 July 7.00pm City of Gold (15)
Dir. Mahesh Manjrekar Running Time (142 mins), Release April 2010, with Seema Biswas.Hindi with English subtitles
This is a powerful tale about the untold story behind today’s Mumbai – regarded by many as the ‘City of Gold’. The Dhuri family of mill workers, headed by their strong-willed mother, played by Seema Biswas (Bandit Queen), live on the edge of the slums.
They struggle to survive the abyss of poverty as Mumbai’s great mills are struck down by political corruption and commercial greed, to make way for glittering new shopping malls and five star hotels. 
 
Monday 19 July 7.00pm Road to Sangam (12a)Writer /Dir. Amit Rai Running time (135 mins), Release 2010 Hindi with English subtitles.
A last urn of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes are discovered and have to be taken to the confluence (Sangam) of the holy rivers. A Moslem mechanic is tasked to prepare Gandhi’s vehicle but inter-religious strife lead to him being torn between his morals. Featuring a cameo appearance by Tushar Gandhi (grandson of the Mahatma) with Indian cinema greats, Paresh Rawal and Om Puri (East is East).  
WEST LONDON Watermans 40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS www.watermans.org.uk Box Office: 020 8232 1010 Tickets: £7.50 (£6.00 conc.)
Friday 16 July 8.00pm
Dev D (15)Dir. Anurag Kashyap / Script Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap / with Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill, Kalki Koechlin / 2009 Hindi with English subtitlesTrailblazer of a younger generation of Indian directors Anurag Kashyap brings a brilliant, luxuriantly visual re-telling to the classic story of Devdas, who treats his girlfriend in the wrong way and ends up the broken hearted lover.  
Saturday 17 July 8.00pm Love Sex Aur Dhokha (18)
Running time 104 mins approx, Release 2010Hindi with English sub-titles Shocking and gripping, this international version of hit film Love, Sex Aur Dhokha pulls no punches as it introduces us to the surveillance crammed world of today’s mega-city India. Deftly told through 3 inter-twinned stories, Banerjee takes us on a roller coaster ride of twisted tales of young love, soaked in betrayal.   
Sunday 18 July 7.00pm Last Chance Mumbai (Ek Tho Mumbai) (12)
Dir. Saeed Akhtar Mirza Running time 120 mins approx, Release 2009  Hindi with English subtitles‘Monsoon Wedding’ actor Vijay Raaz leads an impressive cast of characters in this multi-strand ensemble, set in the megalopolis of modern Mumbai, that explores the connected lives of the city’s varied inhabitants over the same 24 hour period. Raaz (a thief), sparks a sequence of events that bring all our characters lives into headlong collision.