Winners Announced At UK Asian Film Festival Closing Flame Awards Gala

Iconic filmmaker Ramesh Sippy and actresses Radhika Apte and Shabana Azmi were among the screen talents and creatives to be honored at the Closing Flame Awards Gala of the world’s longest running South Asian film festival outside of India, UK Asian Film Festival. The ceremony took place on Sunday 7th April at one of the world’s most iconic venues to celebrate international and homegrown filmmaking, BAFTA 195, Piccadilly. 

The evening also featured an In Conversation with Ramesh Sippy, discussing his cinematic journey from one of Indian cinema’s most iconic films of all time, Sholay, to other timeless classics such as Andaz, Seeta Aur GeetaShaan, Shakti and Saagar.  One of the most sought after, new gen Indian actresses, Radhika Apte, discussed onstage the changing face of Indian film and entertainment consumption globally and shifting audience habits.

Tongues on Fire Flame Award-winners 2019:

Winner of TOF Short Film Competition: Belmaya Nepali for Educate Our Daughters

TOF Flame Award for Young Achiever: Laraib Atta


Young Curators Choice for Best Film of Festival: Chegu


Flame Award for Making Waves: Radhika Apte

TOF Award for Best Documentary: Roopa Barua for Daughters of the Polo God

TOF Award for Best Director: Madhumita for KD

TOF Award for Best Actor: Rasika Duggal for Hamid

Audience Choice award: Pinky Memsaab, Shazia Ali Khan, director, and writer

TOF Award for Best FilmHamid, director Aijaz Khan but collected by producer Shoaib Lokhandwala

TOF Golden Flame Award for Trailblazing: Shabana Azmi

TOF Lifetime Achievement Award: Ramesh Sippy

UK Asian Film Festival 2019 has been running in five cities across the UK, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester, London, and Manchester, from 27th March, continuing till 4th May 2019, supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding and Regional Screen Scotland.

Staff Reporter

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