Bollywood megastar Abhishek Bachchan was in London on Friday 16th March to inaugurate the Tongues on Fire; 14th London Asian Film Festival alongside acclaimed British talent Meera Syal.
Abhishek and Meera who are both patrons, exclaimed that it was a great honour to be part of the festival and see how it has emerged over the last 14 years since its inception by Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry. Both spoke about the highlights of the 10 day festival which takes place at various locations across London in addition to this year’s focus on Pakistani cinema.
Abhishek, who was last seen in the Abbas-Mustan thriller Players, also spoke to Desi-Box about being part of the biggest film industry in the world. He reveals that being part of the Indian cinema industry is quite a challenge which many fail to apprehend. “It’s incredibly demanding and hard work to be in Indian cinema. It’s not just dancing, wearing loud clothes and saying melodramatic lines.”
The Guru star, who presented a master class at the festival, interestingly compared Indian cinema to that of a traditional Indian food thali. “Our films are like thalis; we have everything in it at the same time including the starters, mains and desserts. That’s what I love about it!”
Furthermore the Junior Bachchan also shared his interest for the UK film industry and talent, candidly stating “I feel really under-qualified to be sitting here because I am the only one that hasn’t worked in any British cinema, having worked in mainstream Bollywood, but I hope one of the directors here would give me a chance to work with them. I’d be honoured to work with them as there’s great talent.”
A prominent feature of the festival is the ‘Rough Cuts’ screening sessions at Apollo Cinema in London. Including the film Lights, Camera Action which is the UK’s first Asian Zombie film which is about Adventures of two filmmakers in search of a heroine with a killer scream. As well as Tamanna, a yet to be completed film which is an intense murder mystery drama exploring the limits of a person’s willingness to except feudal dominance with music by the legendary Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
The London Asian Film Festival continues until its closing night awards ceremony on Saturday 24th March 2012.