Following a successful debut last year the London Indian Film Festival returns with another bold and diverse programme. The world's largest democracy is also the world's biggest film producer, releasing roughly 1,000 a year (nearly twice as much as Hollywood). Few ever see a release in the West.
The LIFF's admirable aim is to dispel some of the myths of the country's film industry, screening films which don't necessarily fall into the song-and-dance Bollywood archetype. It opens with the world premiere of ensemble comedy Delhi Belly and meanders between family friendly The White Elephant, contemplative terrorism drama The Way Home and transsexual romance Just Another Love Story.
Screenings take place across the city, from the BFI Southbank to the glamorous trappings of the Wood Green Cineworld, and in addition to filmgoing there's a short film competition, an international conference on Indian cinema at the University of Westminster and live music. Much like last year, this is not just for enthusiasts - this is a festival which should hold broad appeal.
The London Indian Film Festival runs 30th June - 12th July 2011, various venues. Check the website for details and booking.