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Indian female director wins first award at Birmingham Indian Film Festival

Indian female director Rohena Gera BIFF film sir
Rohena Gera’s movie Sir, starring Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber, was voted the favorite amongst audiences on the Birmingham Indian Movie Pageant. (Picture: Rohena Gera/ Instagram)

Indian filmmaker Rohena Gera has gained the Viewers Award on the Birmingham Indian Movie Pageant (BIFF) within the UK for her critically-acclaimed debut characteristic movie Sir.

Gera, has additionally penned the Mumbai-set movie set, which revolves round a romance throughout class divide.

The movie, starring Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber, was voted the favorite amongst audiences on the annual gala.

“It means a lot to me that the film connects with the audience at the heart of the UK. I am honoured to be their (audience) favourite,” Gera mentioned.

The BIFF, now in its fifth 12 months, opened with filmmaker Anubhav Sinha’s hard-hitting social thriller Article 15 and concluded earlier this week with a sold-out screening of Ritesh Batra’s {Photograph}.

“I’m proud that the festival gives a platform to independent South Asian films which wouldn’t necessarily be seen here in the UK and that we’ve been able to interact with directors at Q&As,” mentioned Dharmesh Rajput, Head of Cinema at Birmingham Metropolis College.

The Birmingham leg of the competition kinds a part of the broader Bagri London Indian Movie Pageant (LIFF) and Europe’s largest South Asian Movie Pageant.

Different high-profile friends at LIFF’s screenings this 12 months included investigative journalist, documentary maker and activist Anand Patwardhan, Kannada actress Anju Alva Naik and administrators Praveen Morchhale and Gaurav Bakshi.

Legendary Bengali director Buddhadeb Dasgupta gained the LIFF ICON award for 2019 and the Satyajit Ray Quick Movie Competitors & Award went to Rohan Parashuram Kanawade for his Marathi quick U Ushacha.

“Continuing to push boundaries of diversity, I’m pleased that our women protagonist led and LGBTQ+ themes have seen audiences flocking to them, redefining images of Indian and South Asian culture in the media,” mentioned Cary Rajinder Sawhney MBE, Govt and Programming Director for LIFF.

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