Kiran Rai and Co Presenter Sam Varley covered the night of the india film festival 2017 and interviewed Lagaan film director Ashutosh Gowarekar meanwhile. The annual London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) this month will celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture with its opening night film based on the life of Maharaja Duleep Singh. The Black Prince’, which was launched at the Cannes Film Festival last month, dramatises the story of the last king of Punjab who was taken under her wing by Queen Victoria during the Raj. “As an edgy tie-in to the UK-India Year of Culture and complementing the BFI’s (British Film Institute) ‘India on Film’ programme, the festival opens with the red carpet premiere of the historical epic ‘The Black Prince’ by Kavi Raz. This powerful UK-produced film was launched at Cannes, and stars Indian music singer Satinder Sartaaj and iconic actress Shabana Azmi, and dramatises the little-known story of the last King of Punjab who was abducted by the British Raj to be mentored by Queen Victoria,” an LIFF statement said. Europe’s largest Indian film festival is now in its eighth year and will include films screened across 11 cinemas in London between June 22 and 29 . The closing night film is a Malayalam road-movie thriller ‘Sexy Durga’, set in Kerala and directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan. It had won the prestigious Tiger Award for best film at Rotterdam earlier this year.