London fest hosts fresh Indian features

Showcases non-traditional Bollywood filmmaking

NEW DELHI -- The London Film Festival will feature a variety of Indian films reflecting the ongoing evolution among filmmakers here to move away from formulaic Bollywood fare.

After its Cannes debut this year as an official entry in the Un Certain Regard category, coming-of-age drama “Udaan” by first-time director Vikramaditya Motwane will see its U.K. debut at LFF along with the world premiere of another title produced by UTV Motion Pictures, bandit drama “Paan Singh Tomar."

Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, “Tomar” stars acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan (“Slumdog Millionaire," “The Warrior”) portraying the real-life story of an athlete who ends up becoming a feared bandit king.

Following its recent debut in Toronto, LFF will screen “Dhobi Ghat,” produced by and co-starring superstar Aamir Khan in his wife Kiran Rao's directorial debut, showing four inter-connected lives and unrequited love in Mumbai.

Other films include bold gay romance “Just Another Love Story” by director Kaushik Ganguly, the Kashmir-based “Autumn” by director Aamir Bashir and against-all-odds dramas “I Am Kalam” by director Nila Madhab Panda and “I Am Sindhutai Sapkal” by director Ananth Mahadevan.

A slice of the British Asian diaspora will be on offer in “West Is West” directed by Andy De Emmony starring acclaimed veteran Indian actor Om Puri reprising his role as the Pakistani head of a mixed-race family in 1970s England in the sequel to the BAFTA-winning 1999 film “East Is East” directed by Damien O'Donnell.

The London Film Festival runs October 13-28.