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Springtime in L.A.: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Springtime in L.A.: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
It’s over but it opened L.A.’s newest spring season of unlimited international film screenings all over the city throughout the month of April and into Cannes.

The 15th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla) opened with “Lipstick Under My Burkha” and its impressive ensemble cast of Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in a dramatic, but irreverent and vibrant film about women and faith. The film premiered at the Tokyo Film Festival 2016 and has been lighting up the festival circuit, including just winning the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival. Director Alankrita Shrivastava is confirmed to attend and additional talent to be confirmed.

Lipstick Under My Burkha

Iffla concluded on April 9 with a red carpet and gala that featured the Los Angeles premiere of Shubhashish Bhutiani’s “Hotel Salvation” starring Adil Hussain who was in attendance, as well as the
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Shiamak Summer Funk 2015 – Rise of the Champions

The most anticipated summer dance show, Summer Funk™ conducted by The Shiamak Dance Academy lived up to its expectations showcasing various dance styles in front of a packed audience! Performers between ages four to eighty four danced through the summer and put up a colourful display on June 27 at The Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey.

The world’s biggest dance academy initiated a new format introducing a healthy dance competition – Rise of the Champions where each participating team competed to become the best dance class and best venue across the lower mainland. Building team spirit and helping them work harder, the competition went beyond just dance-ability where the judges also considered their costumes, energy and group effort while making the final decision. The Shiamak Dance Competition was judged by Pamela Rosa (Founding Member & Co – Owner/Director – Harbour Dance Centre), Kanika Sasan (Fashion Editor – Darpan Magazine) and Kashmira Pestonji (Senior Manager
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Shahrukh Khan in Mammootty Movie

The most expensive Mollywood movie ever made, the historical epic Pazhassi Raja has been the big Diwali hit in Kerala and elsewhere this weekend, with over 500 prints produced. Starring Mammootty in the title role, the film tells the tragic tale of the epic rebellion of Pazhassi Raja, an early king of Kerala at the end of the 18th century, who led an army of Nairs and Kurichiyas, armed with little more than swords and bows and arrows, who fought the British to a standstill for more than ten years in the forests of the south. The movie has been compared to recent Chinese-made epics such as Hero or Red Cliff. The film opens with a narration from Shahrukh Khan in the Hindi version, which the great man provided for free as he comes from a family of freedom fighters and wanted to support the project.

Pazhassi Raja has three women
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