Sunday 7 April, 5.30pm | BAFTA 195, London
UK Asian Film Festival closes with our star-studded awards night hosted by actor Rishi Nair (Hollyoaks) and film actress Nisha Aaliya. Tickets include an audience with actress Radhika Apte, In Conversation with Ramesh Sippy and will be followed by dinner.
One of the most sought after, new generation Indian actresses, Radhika Apte will be discussing the changing face of Indian film and entertainment consumption globally and shifting audience habit.
The actress has championed both commercial and arthouse cinema and television, featuring in critically lauded and commercially successful films such as the biographical drama, Pad Man, and black comedy, Andhadhun – among 2018’s most successful Indian films spanning commercial and indie genres. A leading star of the Netflix generation, she has featured in the unanimously lauded thriller series, Sacred Games; as well as horror miniseries, Ghoul; and anthology film, Lust Stories.
She began acting in theatre productions before venturing into film with a brief role in the Hindi fantasy Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!. Apte has since worked in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, and Marathi-language films.
Ramesh Sippy is an Indian film director and producer, best known for directing the popular and critically acclaimed film Sholay featuring an ensemble cast including Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan in his most iconic role as the dacoit Gabbar Singh. Sholay still remains one of the most iconic films in Hindi film history and a favourite for Hindi film audiences globally.
Winner of the civilian honour of Padma Shri in 2013, his first film job came at age nine, when he played Achala Sachdev’s son in Shahenshah (1953). His directorial debut Andaz (1971) which starred Shammi Kapoor, Hema Malini and Rajesh Khanna in lead roles and was a box office success. His Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), featuring Hema Malini playing dual roles propelled her to superstardom.
In 1985, he directed Saagar, which starred Rishi Kapoor, Kamal Hassan and marked Dimple Kapadia’s comeback to films after 12 years since her debut film Bobby. He directed a successful television serial titled Buniyaad which focused on the Partition of India and aired on Indian television channel Doordarshan in 1987.
Venue: BAFTA 195, London
Sun 7 April, 5.30pm
Ticket Price: £150.00 (Tickets include star-studded awards night, In Conversation with Ramesh Sippy and will be followed by dinner)