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Opening Gala: UK Premiere

Raahgir, The Wayfarers

Director: Goutam Ghosh
Cast: Adil Hussain, Tillotama Shome and Neeraj Kabi
India, 2019,  81mins, Hindi with English subtitles

Three of India's finest actors, Adil Hussain, Tillotama Shome and Neeraj Kabbi come together on screen for the first time for this timely tale of empathy and compassion.  Raahgir follows three unlikely strangers, living a life of poverty, who come together on a journey in search of a better life, deciding to help each other at the risk of their own lives. It's the intimate tale of humanity and kindness that we gravely need during these times of crisis.

Followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with director and cast.
Introduced by Mukulika Banerjee, inaugural Director of the LSE South Asia Centre from 2015-2020 and is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Wed 26 May 2021
Opening Night Presentation 8.45pm
BFI Southbank
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