Director Thiagarajan Kumararaja's Tamil film Aaranya Kaandam (Anima and Persona), starring Jackie Shroff, Sampath Raj, Yasmin Ponnappa and Ravi Krishna has won the Western Union Audience Award at the London Indian Film Festival.
Commenting on the award, Kumararaja said, "It's nice to know that people in Europe loved the film. It also worked with audiences in the US and with the jury at the Indian National Awards. And it is appreciated now in Europe also. I'm thrilled."
Also at the festival this year, Satyait Ray Foundation's Short Film Award and a 1,000 pound prize, was won by Neeraj Ghaywan's Shor (Noise).
"I'm delighted to accept this award from the Satyajit Ray Foundation and the London Indian Film Festival. More so because the name Ray is attached to it – such a legendary filmmaker that we all grew up on. I also want to thank Anurag Kashyap. He's my mentor and I'm here because of him in this world of filmmaking. I've learnt everything from him."
Meghna Gupta's short Unravel was given a Special Mention by the jury that comprised directors Eran Creevy (Welcome To The Punch), Suri Krishnamma (The Grief Tourist), Andrew Hinton, winner of the 2011 Satyajit Ray Foundation Award for Amar, and Satwant Gill from LIFF.
The festival opened with the sold out UK Premiere of the much-lauded Cannes hit Gangs of Wasseypur, attended by Anurag Kashyap. It closed with a packed screening of the multiple award winning Bengali film Baishey Srabon (7th August).
"It feels great to come back to London, especially for the London Indian Film Festival. It's my first time at the festival and I'm very happy to know that two of my films Abosheshey (At the end of it all) and Baishey Srabon(Seventh August), were chosen. The festival is a great platform for our cinema," actress Raima Sen said.
London Indian Film Festival is supported by Film London’s Cultural Film Exhibition Fund through the National Lottery on behalf of the BFI.