London Asian Film Festival Opening Gala
UK Premiere: Listen Amaya + Q&A
The 15th London Asian Film Festival kicks off with a slick, modern drama starring Bollywood veterans Farooque Shaikh and Deepti Naval.
Directed by Avinash Kumar Singh
With Farooque Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Swara Bhaskar
Running time 108min
Free-spirited Leela, is attractive, middle-aged and doesn’t allow widowhood to define her. She runs a bustling coffee shop in her garden and has a great friendship with her 22 year-old fiery daughter, Amaya. When Leela confesses she is in love with their 60 year-old family friend, Jayant, the daughter rebels and rejects her stunned mother. The deep layers of family dynamics are leavened with subtle humour and music. Listen Amaya underlines India’s new wave trend to veer away from Bollywood extravaganza and come closer to every day lives and issues that audiences can relate to. Its language is peppered with English, keeping true to urban living.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, producer and two leading actors.