EXCLUSIVE: The London Indian Movie Competition is increasing.

With its 2023 version, working October 25 to November 4, the competition will, for the primary time, run concurrently throughout 5 cities: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Leeds.

The competition will open with the European Premiere of Berlin. From writer-director Atul Sabharwal, this spy thriller stars Aparshakti Khurana (Jubilee) as a younger signal language instructor lured into the darkish world of espionage, as he’s coerced by undercover safety forces to interrogate a younger deaf man, performed by Ishwak Singh, (Rocket Boys) who has been accused of spying. Veteran actor Kabir Bedi additionally stars.

With assist from the BFI Viewers Tasks Fund, the competition can be transferring into the world of on-line gaming and XR. In collaboration with Tulsea and FORMAT, Manchester’s gaming and nightlife competition, the fest will showcase new pc video games developed by South Asian creatives. The video games will probably be introduced on October 26 in Manchester. Video games set for the showcase embody Zatun Video games’ VR thrillers Sniper Rust and Down & Out, and well-liked titles together with Raji: An Historic Epic, Mumbai Gullies, Kurukshetra: Ascension, and Fishbowl. In Birmingham, the competition has organized a collection of panel discussions based mostly round VR, XR, and gaming.

The competition will journey to Bradford’s Nationwide Media Museum for the UK premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s thriller Kennedy. The movie debuted at this 12 months’s Cannes Movie Competition. The pic tells the story of an ex-cop (Rahul Bhat) who’s saved on the police payroll as a particular companies hitman — however as non-criminals grow to be his victims, the police quickly understand they’ve a homicidal maniac on their palms. Sunny Leone additionally stars. The pic would be the centerpiece of the competition’s new motion strand, ‘Death By Any Means.’ The strand will display screen a spread of basic movies, lots of which will probably be proven on UK screens for the very first time, together with the primary full screening of the five-hour gangster epic Gangs of Wasseypur, and Oscar winner S. S. Rajamouli’s (RRR and Baahubali) early vengeance drama, Eega (The Fly). On Halloween, the competition will display screen the basic Indian zombie comedy, Go Goa Gone, marking it’s tenth anniversary.

Bengali director Srijit Mukherji returns to the competition for the Closing Night time Gala in London together with his newest movie. Launched this 12 months as a part of Mrinal Sen’s one centesimal birthday celebrations, Padatik explores the lifetime of one in every of India’s best administrators. The biopic follows Sen from his days as a struggling political idealist, unable to feed his household, to his rising obsession with filmmaking in Nineteen Fifties Calcutta, the place, alongside his buddy Satyajit Ray, he kickstarted the Indian New Wave cinema motion.

The competition will even host its first particular presentation for an online collection, ZEE5’s The Pink Shirt. The collection is billed as a “modern relationship drama.” It stars Sajal Aly and Wahaj Ali.