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.
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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 Geeta, Shaan, 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.
Inspired by all the Women in Cinema & Creative Arts lunch at the #UKAFF2019. The panel: @KiranJuneja, @AzmiShabana, @LeylahRumi, @minu_bakshi…thanks to Pushpinder Chowdhry for letting me present. Such energy, zest & willpower. Sisters can change the world together! 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/vJZpyH2qdy
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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 Film: Hamid, director Aijaz Khan but collected by producer Shoaib Lokhandwala
TOF Golden Flame Award for Trailblazing: Shabana Azmi
TOF Lifetime Achievement Award: Ramesh Sippy
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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.