LIFF to feature conversations with Pam Cullen, Gurinder Chadha, Karan Johar and more

Friday 28th May 2021 04:45 EDT

The 12th annual Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival has announced the lineup of events for its 2021 edition. With films from festival favourites like A'hr from Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, current darlings like Pebbles from V.S. Vinothraj, and even genre offerings like Autohead's Rohit Mittal's new film Pop City, there's something for everyone. 

Besides a curated lineup of documentaries, shorts, and the festival will witness conversations with actors and filmmakers like Gurinder Chadha, Asif Kapadia, Karan Johar, Shruti Haasan, in this month-long celebration of Indian cinema taking place from 17th June - 4th July. 

The London Indian Film Festival opens with WOMB (Women of My Billion) and closes with Flight. The lineup includes a rare encounter with the veteran Pam Cullen, who at 97 boasts of an incredible career spanning over fifty years in the Indian film industry. Pam talks to author and producer Nasreen Munni Kabir about her unique life and work. It starts in the 1940s, rebelling against her conservative English parents to join the ‘Free India’ movement and becoming involved with the nascent Indian High Commission and then the early National Film Development Corporation of India. Pam recounts her career experiences with the Indian independence leader V.K.Krishna Menon, setting up the UK’s first Indian film screening after WW2. She later worked with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and befriended the shy young Satyajit Ray on his early visits to London, rubbing shoulders with such luminaries as Charlie Chaplin and managing Raj Kapoor’s press schedule in the golden age of cinema at 

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