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News Roundup: BAFTA 2022 Wins, BFI Flare’s Queer Parivaar & Netflix’s Kathal

BAFTA 2022 Winners Announced

Netflix’s Western The Power of the Dog wins the top categories at this year’s BAFTA Film Awards. These include ‘Best Film’ and ‘Director’ (Jane Campion). ‘Leading Actress’ goes to Joanna Scanlan for After Love while Will Smith is declared ‘Leading Actor’ for his work in King Richard. This is his first-ever BAFTA. Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast takes home the ‘Outstanding British Film’ award. ‘Supporting Actress’ goes to Ariana DeBose for West Side Story and the male equivalent is given to Troy Kotsur for Coda. Japan’s Drive My Car wins ‘Film Not In The English Language’. Disney’s Encanto is awarded ‘Animated Film’. Warner Bros’ Dune wins in technical departments of ‘Original Score’ (by Hans Zimmer) and ‘Cinematography’ (by Greig Fraser). The film is also bestowed with a trophy of ‘Production Design’ to Patrice Vermette and  Zsuzsanna Sipos. Read the full list of winners here.

Short-Film Queer Parivaar Gets BFI Flare World Premiere

South-Asian musical short Queer Parivaar gets World Premiere at the BFI Flare London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival 2022 on 17th March under Family Affairs shorts programme. It narrates the story of a queer couple who is forced to face past secrets when an estranged family member crashes their wedding. Shiva Raichandni plays the lead as Madhav. He is also the director, producer and screenwriter. His co-star is Raimu Iftum as Sufi. Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen Asifa Lahore, beloved musician and DJ Ritu Khurana also star. We will also see intersex activist Anick Soni. The original soundtrack features Rushil, Abi Sampa (The Voice), Leo Kalyan, Grammy-nominated MNEK and Oscar-nominated Bombay Jayashri. Queer Parivaar is financed through several crowdfunding campaigns with over 150 donors worldwide. Huma Qazi steps in as executive producer. The picture has employed over 120 artists from the global majority. 90% of them identify under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella aged from 6 to 70.

Netflix Announces Kathal; Headlined By Sanya Malhotra

Sanya Malhotra will be seen as a police officer in Kathal, which premieres exclusively on Netflix. This dramedy marks Malhotra’s second collaboration with the streamer after Pagglait. She plays Mahima, a determined cop who investigates a bizarre case where a politician’s jackfruits (kathals) go missing. Writer Yashowardhan Mishra makes directorial debut and Ashok Misra co-pens the film. Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment and Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms Ltd join forces for the title. Virgin Bhasskar‘s Anant Joshi also stars.

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