|Memorable moments from LIFF|
|Red carpet launch night (Pic by Calvin Chinthaka)|
The settings, characters and situations I encountered during the London Indian Film Festival had me feeling engrossed, emotional, shocked, happy, sad..captured in my reviews:
31st October A haunting account of a families fight for survival. See review.
Dhanak A sweet and tender reminder of why you should believe in your dreams. See review.
Khwada Step inside a world of solitude and sacrifice. See review.
One Crazy Thing London love, captured with humour and heart. See review.
Tigers A compelling real-life account of the Nestle baby milk scandal. See review.
Nachom-Ia-Kumpasar won the Audience Award at LIFF and in the festival's history is the most popular film to have been screened with three sold out showings. The final one took place at Wembley Cineworld and was attended by the film's Executive Producer and his wife who flew in from France to attend the screening. The crowd-funded film is a celebration of the Goa jazz scene of the 1960s and it includes 20 hit songs in the Goan language of Konkani.
|The movie's Executive Producer and his wife|
|Full house for the screening and post film Q&A|
|Me & actor Ray Panthaki|
|Director Amit Gupta|
|With cameraman Shevy Sandhu aka Team Green|
I love a spot of Red Carpet reporting. It's mad, hectic, tiring but really fun as you never know who you'll get to speak to, when they'll turn up and how long you'll get with them. Best of all, the people who do speak to you are usually in really good moods. Having a cameraman and fellow #TeamGreen member (we co-ordinated as every great team should) who's cool, calm and collected like Shevy from Polar Bear Media helped too.
|The stars being papped on the Red Carpet|
|With Presenter and LIFF Ambassador Shay Grewal|
|A montage of some of the people I interviewed|
The festival opened with the movie Umrika and I had a chance to speak to Director Prashant Nair and actors Suraj Sharma (best know for being the boy in The Life Of Pie) and Adil Hussain. The montage above shows some of the other talented filmi peeps I also interviewed. Watch our video here.
Festival Director and Founder Cary Rajinder Sawhney also guested on my radio show where we had a much more in-depth chat. The highlights of which you can read about here.
|With Fariha at the closing night for the screening of Death Of A Gentleman|
|Spotted! My hair twin, burlesque star Sukki Singapora|
It's not like I need an excuse to dress up, I do it for most occasions (aka leaving my flat!) but having a specific occasion is always must more exciting so just like the LIFF team curated the event, I curated my LIFF attending outfits. Considerations included tights:
....nail and bangle combinations
And numerous dresses! This was my absolute fave below. It was the first time I've ever 'borrowed' a frock, and ahem...I returned it with as massive rip in it..oops!
Find out more about it here...(a blog within a blog!)
|Totally in love with my dress from Girl Meets Dress|
For the launch night I had my make-up done, always a most luxurious of experience, especially when the make-up artist travelled across London especially for me. Thank you Fatin from Nina Ubhi Beauty & Hair Academy.
|Beautified by Fatin from Nina Ubhi Beauty & Hair Academy|
The rest of the week, I kept up the peacock theme.
In fact I bought a new eyeshadow that I ended up wearing all festival.
|Another make -up look|
Thank you to everyone I met over LIFF and to all the people who were involved in any capacity. It's a brilliantly curated festival. The only trouble is, now I want to visit India. Sounds like another trip is on the cards soon...