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London Indian Film Festival: Ten highlights to check out

THE London Indian Film Festival returns again this month with an­other action-packed programme, which includes premieres in three different cities. The annual festival, which runs across London, Bir­mingham and Manchester from June 21 to July 1, has a wide array of interesting movie screenings, talks and a short film competition. East­ern Eye went through the 2018 programme to select 10 highlights… Love Sonia: There will be a world premiere of this hard-hitting film on the opening night of the festival. Set across three continents, the story, inspired by true events, revolves around a simple Indian village girl who finds herself trapped in the global sex trade. The interesting cast includes Mrunal Thakur, Freida Pinto, Demi Moore, Manoj Baj­payee, Rajkummar Rao, Richa Chadda and Anupam Kher. Uma: Based on a true story, this emotional tale revolves around a lit­tle girl living in Switzerland diagnosed with a potentially-terminal dis­ease, whose greatest desire is to participate in Kolkata’s annual Durga Puja festival in October. But she may not make it till then so the entire city tries to recreate the festival in the summer as a special treat. My Son is Gay: The multi-layered story focuses on a mother-son rela­tionship which is put to the test when he comes out as a gay. The poignant tale sensitively tackles themes of tolerance and acceptance. Village Rockstars: The award-winning heart-warming tale is based on a single mother and her 10-year-old daughter living in a remote flood-prone Assamese village. The vibrant youngster wants to set up her own rock band and has to make to do with imaginary guitars until she goes on a quest to get a real one. Bhasmasur: A former thief in debt returns to his Rajasthani village from the big city to hide from a moneylender and decides to sell the prized…

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