Sunday, 11 March 2012

Abhishek Bachchan to open 14th London Asian Film Fest



Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan is set to attend the opening of the 14th London Asian Film Festival this week, organizers have confirmed.
The star of 'Players' and the upcoming 'Bol Bachchan' will help inaugurate this year’s Festival which opens with a screening of Ribhu Dasgupta’s psychological thriller ‘Michael’, starring Naseeruddin Shah.
The ‘Junior’ Bachchan will be joined by British actress Meera Syal at the opening of the ceremony.
The London Asian Film Festival – hosted by Tongues on Fire – runs from 16th to 24th March and features a range of exciting new films from the subcontinent which have made waves in the international film circuit.
Apart from Michael, the festival will feature ‘Trishna’, Michael Winterbottom’s reimagining of the Thomas Hardy novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles set in India.  The festival will also play host to a number of films from Pakistan, including ‘Transgender’, Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s acclaimed study of her country’s ostracized transgender community, ‘The Wedding’ a heartwarming film about mental health produced by Time to Change, an organization which encourages more open dialogue about mental health issues, the Bengali film ‘Meherjaan’ starring Jaya Badhuri (Mrs Amitabh Bachchan) and last year’s Pakistani box office sensation ‘Bol’.
LAFF features a number of other events outside its film screenings, including an acting master class by Abhishek Bachchan and a lecture by acclaimed film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The London Asian Film Festival culminates with a gala awards ceremony at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on 24th March.
For more information, visit www.tonguesonfire.com
-    Vijitha Alles

Abhishek Bachchan to open 14th London Asian Film Fest

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