Ashutosh Gowariker, Dr Alka Bagri, Pratibha Parmar, Anjali PatelSatwant Gill, Amartya Sen & Dr Mukulika BanerjeeTop: Amit Masurkar, director of Newton at BBC Radio London. Bottom: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, director of Sexy DurgaA Billion Colour Story posterHotel Salvation Q&A: with LIFF programmer Nawan, director Shubhashish Bhutiani & producer Sanjay BhutianiDr Alka Bagri's Opening Night speech, 22 June 2017Opening Night at the BFI Southbank: The Black PrinceClosing Night at the BFI Southbank: Sexy DurgaNewton Q&A with Dr Doria Tichit and director Amit Masurkar

Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2017 | Press

Following a successful and enjoyable week of Indian cinema at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2017, here is what the press had to say about the festival and the films.

The Citizen

Lest We Forget, There is More to The Argumentative Indian Than the Censor Beeps

 20 July 2017, Shoma A. Chatterji


“The censorship imbroglio over asking beeps to be inserted in place of words like “cow”, “Gujarat” and “Hindutva” used by Amartya Sen […] has effectively drowned any discussion, review, debate on the film itself. This is a sad reflection on how prolonged emphasis on meaningless censorship squabbles can defeat the very purpose for which a film is made – to shed light on the life and times of Sen as a fine human being, as one of the greatest living economists in the world today, as a teacher and as an ideal speaker for more than five decades now.”


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Asian Tribune

Gujarat, Hindutuva Holy Cows

17 July 2017, Atul Cowshish


“The documentary [The Argumentative Indian] is based primarily on a dialogue between Sen, recipient of the Bharat Ratna award, and another eminent economist, Kaushik Basu. Words like ‘Gujarat’, ‘Cow’, ‘Hindu’ and ‘Hindutva view of India’, uttered by the Nobel Laureate, and were considered objectionable by the CBFC [Central Board of Film Certification].”


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Economic Times

Why censor body should not be deciding the films you should watch and the words you should hear in them 

16 Jul 2017, Ishani Duttagupta


I’m still in a state of shock and trying to figure out what to do next so that film [The Argumentative Indian ] can be screened without beeping out the words,” says the award-winning filmmaker [Suman Ghosh] whose first feature film Poddokkhep in 2006 won two national awards, including best actor for Bengali thespian Soumitra Chatterjee. […] The disturbing trend of arbitrarily curbing creative freedom of film directors started with Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab , during the tenure of CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani, who took charge in early 2015. More recently, the CBFC refused a release certificate to Lipstick Under My Burkha .”


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The Citizen

LIFF In Conversation With Ashutosh Gowariker

8 July 2017, Uma Da Cunha


“In a riveting 90-minute talkathon, he [Ashutosh Gowariker] spoke of his life, his influences, his career and his cinematic mindset.
[…]  I think it came from being adventurous in spirit from the start. […] I have always leapt headlong into challenges and then looked at what I was doing – not the other way around. These experiences stayed with me and have found their way into my scripts and my filming.”


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Indian Express

Film on Hindu-Muslim unity wins top award at London Indian Film Festival 2017

1 July 2017


“A Billion Colour Story, produced by Bollywood filmmaker Satish Kaushik and directed by Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy, it won the Audience Award at the festival for what was described as a heart-warming tale.”It’s incredibly special for us that A Billion Colour Story’ resonates with audiences across countries and continents. It continues to vindicate our faith that people and their hearts are the same across cultures and horizons,” the filmmakers said in a statement.”


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DESI Blitz


27 June 2017, Anuj Radia


” […] the beauty of A Billion Colour Story is that it touches on so many subjects including homosexuality, domestic violence and corrupt law […] By undertaking so many key issues prevalent in society the film is both satirical and thought-provoking.”


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LIFF REVIEW: Hotel Salvation

27 June 2017, Katherine Matthews


“The emotions in the film are so raw, and so right, and Adil Hussain plays them to perfection, the strain showing in his body, his face, in his tired eyes.”


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The Huffington Post

A Time Of Extremes

22 June 2017, Pratibha Parmar


Pratibha Parmar filmmaker and human rights activist about her journey: 

“In 1991 when I went to India to shoot interviews for Khush, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, brought into existence by Queen Victoria, which made sex with persons of the same gender punishable by law, was still being used to harass and make arrests. The men and women who spoke to me risked their lives – their courage fuelled by a desire to be seen and no longer be invisible.  […] my DNA is imbued with an instinct for justice. Making films is my passion and it is through my films I seek to change the world, one image at a time, one story at a time.”

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DESI Blitz

London Indian Film Festival 2017 Closing Night

4 July 2017, Sonika Sethi


“For 2017, LIFF has successfully welcomed a truly diverse array of films from the Indian subcontinent. We have been mesmerised by stunning cinematography, astounded by brilliant cast performances, and moved to tears by emotional and thought-provoking story lines.”


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Dr Doria Tichit from The Bagri Foundation team conducted an engaging Q&A with the director of Newton, Amit Masurkar, on  25 June. And here is an excerpt of an interview he gave earlier this year.


Berlinale Forum


January 2017, Meenakshi Shedde


“I chose to address a political subject because I feel deeply about it, and wanted to draw attention to the issue. In Chhattisgarh, where the film is set, a war has been raging for decades between Communist guerrillas, known as Maoists, and the Indian state. The indigenous people, the Gondi Adivasi, who live in this jungle, are forced to take sides between these two powerful entities or face the repercussions. They are not allowed to have a third view and their basic human rights are being violated every day. The discovery of minerals and iron ore in the jungle has intensified this struggle, as large mining conglomerates want the land where the Adivasis live to be vacated. The conflict is helping displace people from their own land. It was a challenge to show this through the film, especially because I didn’t want to make an intense, politically charged action film, but a simple, accessible story about chaos and order, with shades of dark humour.”


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