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London Film Festival To Showcase Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Manto & Rishi Kapoor’s Rajma Chawal

October 11th, 2018 | by Manisha Surange
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Three other Indian films which are eagerly awaited at the festival are Leena Yadav’s Rajma Chawal, Rahi Anil Barve’s Tumbbad and Dar Gai’s Namdev Bhau in Search of Silence.

In Rajma Chawal, Rishi Kapoor gives a brilliant performance as a newly-widowed father who’s struggling to cope with the unfolding situation. Tumbbad revolves around the cursed family of a now deserted village while Dar Gai’s film is about a 65-year-old man who cannot take the noisy Mumbai city anymore.

Yet another Indian film being shown at the festival is Ivan Ayr’s debut Soni. The movie is about a policewoman in Delhi which has already had its premiere in July at the Venice International Film Festival.

The 12-day London Film Festival will close on October 21 with the world premiere of Jon S. Baird’s Stan & Ollie. This entertaining film starring Steve Coogan and John C, Reilly features a double act of Laurel and Hardy.

Some other prominent films at the 2018 festival are The Old Man and the Gun which features Robert Redford as an aging bank robber; Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma – a black and white film which is a tribute to the women of his boyhood.

Yorgos Lanthimos’s delirious period drama The Favourite, Mike Leigh’s historic epic Peterloo, the Cohen brothers’ new film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and also Luca Guadagnino’s art horror Suspiria.

Another movie worth mentioning is Lords of Chaos by the Swedish director Jonas Akerlund. It is a dark comic drama that is based on the true story of how the rise of the Satanic musical subculture of Norwegian black metal in the 1980s, spun from an angst-inspired need to revolt into a fable of gross cult crimes.

The London Film Festival has featured some of the world’s best movie makers. The first movie ever to be shown at the festival was Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood in 1957.

In that year, Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria and Elia Kazan’s A Face in the Crowd — all classics of world cinema were featured.

India’s Satyajit Ray won the best film director award in 1959 at the London festival for his Apur Sansar. He was only the second director in the history of the festival to be awarded for his work.

In its early years, almost all movies shown and awarded here were by international directors rather than British.

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