Tribute to Saeed Jaffrey
IN MEMORY: Writer Farrukh Dhondy presents an oil portrait of Saeed Jaffrey to his wife Jennifer Jaffrey
This year’s London Asian Film festival has been yet again outstanding with ten days of films, masterclasses, special events and the star studded Closing Gala Award Ceremony at Britain’s prestigious BAFTA 195 Piccadilly venue.
The Tongues on Fire team outdid themselves with an exceptional programme launching at the recently refurbished Regent Street Cinema, birthplace of British Cinema and closing at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards.
The films and response to films has been monumental from the pin drop silence following the screen of Pakistani film ‘Manto’ to the emotive Q&A following ‘I am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced’.
At the closing gala, the awards ceremony was concluded with a tribute to the exceptional Saeed Jaffrey by long-time friend and writer Farrukh Dhondy.
Farrukh presented wife Jennifer Jaffrey with an oil portrait of Saeed commissioned by and on behalf of the organisers of the London Asian Film Festival.
Festival Director and founder Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry said: “It has been a wonderful year for the awards.
“It was only right to recognise the work of the late Saeed Jaffrey, he was a pioneer and an actor who gave inspiration to many.
“I am extremely proud and humbled that in the last 18 years we have established such a rich legacy in the industry. We will continue to champion independent cinema, celebrate talent and shine the spotlight on quality films deserving of recognition.”
Saba Syed – Operations Director commented: “We have loved working with new venues, new partners and new talent this year! We will continue to build on our partnerships with iconic London venues to offer the best opportunities possible to both the artists and our esteemed audiences.”