Bollywood celebrities to attend London’s Asian film fest

Jaya Bachchan will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 12th London Asian Film Festival beginning Friday and son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai are set to attend the gala event. Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan are also expected to attend the festival.

London, March 2 (Calcutta Tube) Jaya Bachchan will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 12th London Asian Film Festival beginning Friday and son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai are set to attend the gala event.  Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan are also expected to attend the festival.

The opening will be followed by a gala dinner at the Park Lane Sheraton Hotel to confer Jaya with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to cinema.

A British premiere of Jaya’s film ‘Lovesongs’ will also take place at the event. Directed by Jayabrato Chatterjee, the movie also stars Om Puri.

Also known as Tongues on Fire, the festival will commence with a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) interview with Abhishek, celebrating his cinematic achievements, reports its official website.

The event will also have a BAFTA interview with filmmaker Shyam Benegal exploring his vast career and screen his new movie ‘Well Done Abba’ that stars Boman Irani and Minissha Lamba.

A masterclass in acting and direction will also be helmed by Abhishek and Benegal respectively.

The event will close with the British premiere of Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan starrer ‘Life Moves On’. Sangeeta Datta’s directorial debut also features Girish Karnard and Om Puri.

Some of the Bollywood’s biggest hits including ‘Dostana’, ‘Guru’ and ‘Chak De! India’ will be screened during the 10-day event.

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