We are delighted to open our 10th birthday celebrations with the World Premiere of Anubhav Sinha’s hard-hitting Article 15. India’s hottest male star Ayushmann Khurrana (Andhadhun, Badhai Ho) plays a police officer from a privileged urban background, whose very first posting is to rural north India, where three teenage girls have gone missing. His honesty does not sit well with the existing, deeply entrenched corrupt system where, in 2019, a 1000-year-old practice where human beings are divided on the basis of caste continues. Beginning as a riveting police procedural that is a True Detective-like deep-dive into the Indian bayou, Article 15 soon elevates to a gutsy exposé of a deeply flawed structure. The film’s title is a reference to an article of the Indian constitution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of caste, religion, race or sex.
Roobha, a trans-woman struggling to find her place after being ostracised by her family has a chance encounter with bar owner and family man, Anthony, leading to a whirlwind romance. But their blissful relationship is short lived as Roobha is forced to deal with transgender stigma present in their Tamil community and Anthony’s familial affiliation and ailing health. Lenin M. Sivam’s latest film is beautifully realised and a unique romantic tale exploring the complexities of gender identities, sexual romance and loneliness.
A talented make-up and prosthetic artist, nicknamed Vinci Da after Leonardo da Vinci because of his prodigious skills, gets unwittingly drawn into a psychopathic lawyer’s criminal plans to rid Kolkata of an evil force. Acting powerhouses Ghosh, Chakraborty and Sarkar are in top form in this terrific, edge-of-the-seat psychological thriller superbly orchestrated by the prolific filmmaker Srijit Mukherji. A smash hit at home in Bengal, this is a rare chance for London audiences to see it on the big screen and also revel in the timeless beauty of Kolkata
Join us for a rare in-depth conversation with the UK’s most prolific drama director of Indian origin. Gurinder Chadha’s richly diverse career started with high-impact shorts at the end of the 1980s followed by her 1993 hit Bhaji On The Beach, which became an instant classic. Her mainstream mega hit was of course the unforgettable Bend It Like Beckham, which like much of her scripts referenced a uniquely British Asian experience. Ahead of releases of her much anticipated new feature Blinded By The Light and new ITV drama Beecham House, we find out what drives and inspires this iconic talent.