Written and directed by debutant Milind Dhaimade, You Are My Sunday narrates the story of five friends who meet every Sunday at Juhu beach (Mumbai) to play football. Their weekly ritual is disrupted when they invite an old stranger to join them leading to a disastrous incident resulting in them being banned from the beach. The aftermath takes them on a personal and professional journey as they struggle to find a new place to play in the crowded city of Mumbai.
The director shows the modern life of an urban city of Mumbai through the eyes of five young Indian middle-class boys. Deeply rooted in the cosmopolitan nature of Mumbai, Dhaimade pays homage to the metropolis by capturing the essence of the city through visual imagery of the crowded streets and the hustle bustle of urban daily life. The five characters, immaculately performed by Indian television and theatre actors including Barun Sobti of romantic drama Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon fame, invite the audience in their personal space and succeed in making the viewers care for them.
The film premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival
2016 and BFI London Film Festival 2016, is an important film addressing friendship between different religious communities, the importance of personal space, inter-faith relationships and intolerance, care of the elderly and attitude towards disability.
London Asian Film Festival are proud to announce theofficial charity partner for the 2017 festival – The Asian Circle
The 19th London Asian Film Festival will be working with The Asian Circle as our official charity partner this year to raise awareness and funds in order to support vulnerable women in South Asia.
The UK based charity is run by successful British Asian women from diverse backgrounds and supports projects in partnership with Oxfam. Its goal is to transform the lives of women and girls in South Asia by connecting passionate women in the UK volunteering their support, skills and resources to make a difference. Given the right resources, these vulnerable women hold the key to overcoming poverty and can help change happen for themselves.
The charity is an integral part of ‘The Circle’ founded by the singer and philanthropist Annie Lennox. This is a network of like-minded women, working to respond to the challenges of vulnerable women and girls worldwide.
Set in the exotic hills of North India, The Threshold, starring Neena Gupta and Rajit Kapur, is the directorial debut of eminent cinematographer Pushan Kripalani. It is a slice of life film of a north Indian (Punjabi) married couple in their 60s. After fulfilling the responsibility of getting their only son married, wife Rinku (Neena Gupta) tells her husband Raj (Rajit Kapur) about her decision to leave him. Rinku, unfettered by the social consequences of her decision, yearns to experience the freedom of being on her own. Raj, burdened by the societal pressure and fear of loneliness of old age, tries to convince her to stay.
Performed with exquisite sensitivity, Neena Gupta and Rajit Kapur, through vivid interactions and gestures, express the affection and vexation that arises only from decades of living together. Pushan presents a raw and honest portrayal of a couple forced to face a harsh reality at the threshold of their lives.
The film, conceptualized by Indian lyricist and screenwriter Kausar Munir, is masterfully shot by Pushan. Neena Gupta and Rajit Kapur who were honoured with the Best Actress and Best Actor award at the 16th annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) for their roles in The Threshold elevate the film with their stalwart performance.
Does Rinku eventually leave or does Raj succeed in changing her decision? Come and find out at the screening at The Harrow Arts Centre on Saturday 11 March a part of the London Asian Film Festival 2017.
By LAFF2017 Blogger Sagar Chhatwani
After working at The Times of India & The Hindustan Times, Sagar quit the corporate life to pursue his interest in cinema. He is currently studying an MA in films at Westminster University.