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London Film Fest to Honour Ramesh Sippy

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Bangkok (Thailand): Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, actor Bobby Deol and Thai actress Pinky Savika at the exhibition of old Bollywood film paintings and posters in Bangkok, held ahead of IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) Awards on June 21, 2018. (Photo: IANS) by .
Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy at the exhibition of old Bollywood film paintings and posters in Bangkok, held ahead of IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) Awards on June 21, 2018. (FILE)

Legendary Indian filmmaker Ramesh Sippy (Sholay, Seeta Our Geeta, Shaan, Saagar) will be honoured at the Closing Flame Awards Gala of UK Asian Film Festival 2019 on Sunday…reports Asian Lite News

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Ramesh Sippy during the shooting of Sholay

London’s longest running Asian film fest will honour one of the icons of Indian cinema. Ramesh Sippy, the creator of Sholay, will accept the honour and share his career journey with the audience at the closing gala ceremony of the UK Asian Film Festival 2019.

Mr Sippy is among the coveted line-up of guests attending the fest, the world’s longest running South Asian film festival outside of India. The Closing Flame Awards Gala on Sunday 7th April, BAFTA 195, London will feature an In Conversation with the celebrated director and producer.

Bangkok (Thailand): Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, actor Bobby Deol and Thai actress Pinky Savika at the exhibition of old Bollywood film paintings and posters in Bangkok, held ahead of IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) Awards on June 21, 2018. (Photo: IANS) by .
Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy at the exhibition of old Bollywood film paintings and posters in Bangkok, held ahead of IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) Awards on June 21, 2018. (FILE)

Mr Sippy’s film credits include one of Indian cinema’s most iconic films of all time, Sholay (1975), the blockbuster multi-starrer that reinterpreted the spaghetti western genre within the structure of Indian cinema, ranked first in the BFI’s 2002 poll of the Top Ten Indian Films of all time. Winner of India’s civilian honour, the Padma Shri, Sippy’s other directing credits include timeless classics of Indian cinema such as Andaz (1971); Seeta Aur Geeta (1972); Shaan (1980); and Saagar (1985) among others.

Screen veteran and one of the most revolutionary actresses in the history of Indian cinema, Zeenat Aman attended the Opening Gala of the festival at The May Fair Hotel.

Actress Shabana Azmi. (File Photo: IANS) by .
Actress Shabana Azmi. (File Photo: IANS)

Veteran actress, Shabana Azmi, will be presenting the World Premiere of the documentary film Kaifinama on Sunday 7th April, BAFTA 195, London and on Friday 12th April, Glasgow Film Theatre. The film looks at the life and art of Azmi’s father, progressive, Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, celebrating his birth centenary. Shabana Azmi will also be conducting an Actor’s Masterclass on Saturday 6th April, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester.

UK Asian Film Festival will run in five cities across the UK, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester, London and Manchester, 27th March – 4th May 2019, supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding and Regional Screen Scotland.

At a time of significant change, UK Asian Film Festival marks its 21st anniversary with a curation inspired by the theme of Revolution.  Historically known as Tongues on Fire and then London Asian Film Festival, the festival is also synonymous with championing South Asian feminist films and supporting pioneering, female artists and auteurs.