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‘The Great Indian Kitchen’ to be Screened at UK Asian Film Festival

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The Great Indian Kitchen, the critically-acclaimed Malayalam film, will be screened at the UK Asian Film Festival. The film, directed by Jeo Baby, was earlier selected for the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Calling it a “happy and proud moment” for himself and his team, Jeo told Silverscreen India that the festival stands out as “we are getting different kinds of audience from different countries”.

It is not yet known in which category the film will be competing in at the UK Asian Film Festival. However, as per the lineup of events, it will be screened on June 1 and tickets are available on the website.

The film is written by Baby and stars Nimisha Sajayan, Ajitha VM, and Suraj Venjaramoodu in the lead roles. It revolves around an unnamed housewife (played by Nimisha), who finds herself trapped in a vicious cycle of thankless, mundane domestic chores and is subjected to archaic prejudices and taboos in her marital home. Venjaramoodu plays her husband.

(Read Silverscreen India’s review of The Great Indian Kitchen here)

The film has an IMDb rating of 8.3 and released digitally on streaming platform Nee Stream and later on Amazon Prime Video, with the latter acquiring the streaming rights. In an interview with Firstpost, Jeo had said major streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, had initially rejected his film stating that it “does not meet their criteria”.

The film is shot by Salu K Thomas and produced by Dijo Augustine, Jomon Jacob, Vishnu Rajan, and Sajin S Raj.

The 23rd UK Asian Film Festival will be held from May 26 to June 6. The festival’s primary theme is “Ray of Hope” and will be screening films that have inspiring stories of hope which can include films made during the pandemic. It will also be celebrating legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s birth centenary.

The festival usually travels from London to other cities in the UK, including Leicester, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. This year, the festival will introduce a hybrid model and will screen films both in cinemas as well as online.

Raahgir, the Hindi film starring Adil Hussain, Tillotama Shome, and Neeraj Kabi and directed by Goutam Ghose, will be the opening film of the festival.

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