Last Film Show receives the London Indian Festival Award

Pan Nalin’s ode to cinema “Last Film Show” (aka “Chhello Show”) won the audience award at The Blue Orchid Hotels London Indian Film Festival, which was held in London but traveled to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds from June 23 to 8 July 2022.

Nalin has previously had success at the festival with his other award-winning films, including Samsara, Valley of the Flowers and Angry Indian Goddess.

“Jaagran,” co-directed by Ritviq Joshi and Hardik Sadhwani, won the LIFF Jury Prize in the Satayjit Ray short film category. The jury honored the film for its “intoxicating, comprehensible and funny treatment of a serious topic that everyone can identify with”. They also said they found it “socially and politically smart, brilliantly acted, and incredibly funny.”

“‘Jaagran’ was an over-ambitious 20-page dream that we watched together,” said Joshi and Sadhwani. “We miraculously assembled an experienced team that believed in the script, helped us learn our dream and make it a reality. Today, having received the honor of receiving an award with Satyajit Ray’s name on it, we’re back to square one. We’re back in a dream. Only this time it’s not limited to the two of us. This one belongs to twenty other dreamers.”

Other awards went to actors Taapsee Pannu and Konkona Sen Sharma, who received awards for excellence, filmmaker and actress Nandita Das, and director Aparna Sen, who received the Icon Award.

“Making films on my own terms without commercial compromise for 40 years often seemed like a thankless task, but now, after LIFF’s Icon Award, I feel validated. Thank you LIFF for continuing to believe in meaningful cinema,” said Sen.

“We are delighted that the festival’s quest to fully return to cinemas in the UK cities of London, Birmingham and Manchester has been met with record ratings. Certain cinemas, such as the BFI Southbank, cited the festival as their bestseller during this period. There is clearly an appetite for a return to the big screen, particularly with a festival cocktail of quality premieres with frequent guest appearances,” said festival director Cary Rajinder Sawhney.

“We had a hard-to-miss march of high-calibre Indian talent to the festival, led by our world premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Dobaaraa’, the enfant terrible director, with Bollywood stars Taapsee Pannu and Pavail Gulati on the red carpet. The female indie actress and director’s masterpiece [continued with] Aparna Sen, Nandita Das and Konkona Sen Sharma, as well as British icon Meera Syal [and] cemented the festival’s image as the only venue for intellectually stimulating but entertaining debates, with young women in particular declaring that they were deeply inspired by the Q&A and the talks.”

A selection from the program is now available in the BFI Player and LoveLiffatHome Online Player. Last Film Show receives the London Indian Festival Award

Charles Jones

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