“A Billion Colour Story,” a film expressing a powerful plea for Hindu-Muslim unity and religious harmony, has bagged the top prize at this year’s London Indian Film Festival (LIFF), the U.K. and Europe’s largest platform of independent cinema from India.
The film, produced by Bollywood filmmaker Satish Kaushik and directed by Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy, was a favourite of the audience, winning it the Audience Award. The film has been described as a ‘heart-warming tale.’
In an statement reported by Deccan Herald, the two filmmakers said, “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 LIFF is an annual affair held in the major cities of London and Birmingham with sponsorship from the Bagri Foundation. Currently presenting in it’s 8th year, the festival showcases a selection of new and exciting cutting-edge independent films from India. The week-long celebration of Indian cinematography includes the awards ceremony which aims to recognise and pay tribute to special talent in the field, both legends and rising stars.
“It is wonderful that the festival continues to lead the debate and not simply reflect the changing shape of Indian cinema; from this year’s Indian virtual reality showcases to bringing carefully curated important new talent to the world stage like actress Anjali Patil to showcasing emerging young directors like Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, director of closing night film ‘Sexy Durga’,” reported festival executive and programming director Cary Rajinder Sawhney to Deccan Herald.
Last year’s winner of the prestigious Audience Award was won by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken’s “Song of Lahore”.
This years LIFF awards coincides with the UK India Year of Culture 2017, a year long celebration of the cultural exchange between the UK and India. The celebration is a joint initiative of the British Council and the Indian High Commission and features a number of major events and activities.
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