Indian Films 'Manto', 'Rajma Chawal', 'Tumbbad' To Display In 62nd London Festival

| October 10 , 2018 , 13:40 IST

The 62nd London Film Festival which will start on Wednesday and is likely to display more than 200 films from 77 countries with more than a third of them from women filmmakers, including India's "Manto" movie which was directed by Nandita Das.

It is learnt that one of the world's most prestigious film festivals will open with Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen's thriller "Widows".

Indian movies are a growing feature at international film events and the London festival is no exception. Although Das's biopic on the famous writer Manto, has already been premiered in India and elsewhere, the Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer is still a prominent entry.

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Three other Indian films which are eagerly awaited at the festival are Leena Yadav's "Rajma Chawal", Rahi Anil Barve's "Tumbbad" and Dar Gai's "Namdev Bhau in Search of Silence".

Talking about the movie "Rajma Chawal" in which Rishi Kapoor gives a charming performance as a newly-widowed father who was struggling to cope with the unfolding situation.

While "Tumbbad" is about the cursed family of a now deserted village while Dar Gai's film is about a 65-year-old man who cannot take the noisy Mumbai city anymore.

Another Indian film being shown at the festival is Ivan Ayr's debut "Soni". The film is about a policewoman in Delhi which has already had its premiere in July at the Venice International Film Festival.

The 12-day London Film Festival will close on October 21 with the world premiere of Jon S. Baird's "Stan & Ollie". This funny film starring Steve Coogan and John C, Reilly features a double act of Laurel and Hardy.

Some other prominent films at the 2018 festival are "The Old Man and the Gun" which features Robert Redford as an ageing bank robber; Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" a black and white film which is a tribute to the women of his boyhood.

India's Satyajit Ray won the best film director award in 1959 at the London festival for his "Apur Sansar". He was only the second director in the history of the festival to be awarded for his work.