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Cinema & Event Screenings

LIFF: Kalpana 

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  • Director-
  • Rating18
  • Film genresDance, Music
  • Duration175
  • Released1948
  • Film CastUday Shankar, Lakshmi Kanta, Usha Kiran, Amala Shankar

Europe’s largest South Asian film festival returns for a second time to Birmingham bringing you a carefully curated selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema, which includes feature films and documentaries by both acclaimed and new filmmakers. The films screened are in a wide range of South Asian languages to reflect the linguistic diversity of Birmingham’s Indian and South Asian communities and all films are subtitled in English.

We promise that whatever movie you decide to attend, you will be entertained, informed and perhaps even a little shocked! For more information, visit

Enjoy the festival!

Cary Rajinder Sawhney
Executive & Programming Director

Sun 24 Jul, 2pm

Drama filmed as a ballet and based on Uday Shankar's own experiences as he set up the Almora dance centre in the Himalayas and is caught up between two women - Kamini and Uma. Shankar wrote, directed, and starred in this drama. A writer goes to a film producer with a story in the hope of selling the idea for a film. As he is explaining it to the producer, the scenes from his movie come to life as well as passages from his own life. Reality and the surreal are combined throughout the story. When the producer refuses to back his movie, the writer makes a passionate plea for Indian filmmakers to break with tradition and take on new cinematic challenges.

Suggested 18 (160 min + Q&A
Director: Uday Shankar
Cast: Uday Shankar, Lakshmi Kanta, Usha Kiran, Amala Shankar
Hindi | 1948 | Subtitled