Ray-inspired tale, true story of girl with cerebral palsy lead Indian charge at London

Debutant director Adityavikram Sengupta's Asha Jaoar Majhe will feature in the London Film Festival's First Feature Competition category while Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar's Margarita, with a Straw will form a part of Love category.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2014 12:31 PM IST

A Satyajit Ray inspired film set in Kolkata and a true-story of a girl with cerebral palsy lead the Indian line-up at this year's London Film Festival.

The British Film Institute's (BFI) annual film fiesta, to be held between October 8 and 19 across London's most iconic cinemas, revealed its 2014 offering at a press launch here on Wednesday.

Bengali filmmaking legends Ray and Ritwik Ghatak inspired Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love) has been selected in the festival's First Feature Competition category for debutant director Adityavikram Sengupta. The film set in Kolkata has been described by selectors as a "cinematically sublime debut feature".

Also watch: Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love) trailer

Producer-director Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar's Margarita, with a Straw, tells the true-story of Laila who overcomes her cerebral palsy to break down societal barriers.

It stars Kalki Koechlin and veteran South Indian actor Revathy and has been selected in the Love category of the festival.

The other films that complete the main Indian entries include Chaitanya Tamhane's Court, which centres around a suicide case and has been selected in the Debate category, and Titli, another debut effort by director Kanu Bahl which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year in the Un Certain Regard strand.

At the London Film Festival, this Dibakar Banerjee production has been selected in the Dare category for its deft handling of inter-male oppression in the Indian society.

A documentary entry by Priya Sen titled Noon Day Dispensary traces the work of a government-run free dispensary in Savda-Ghevra, Delhi's most recent settlement colony.

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