Not ones to give up the opportunity for a party, we recently celebrated Indian director Nagesh Kukunoor’s film journey with a bit of fun, food and lots of drink in Vancouver.

Indian director Nagesh Kukunoor Tarannum Thind

Jugni Style and Indian Summer Arts Society hosted a private dinner for Nagesh Kukunoor, whose film Lakshmi screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October. The film looks at child abduction and human trafficking in India, and is inspired by a true story.

Arts and culture types gathered over chaat and South Indian snacks, and discussed everything from where to find the best Hyderbadi biryani in Vancouver (nowhere, it’s impossible to find) to the impact of social activist films in India and elsewhere. Nagesh Kukunoor chatted about his filmmaking journey and shared that his favourite film is still his debut, Hyderabad Blues.

Spotted sipping on wine and soda with Nagesh: Canadian filmmakers Vic Sarin, Nimisha Mukerji, and Mark Ratzlaff; authors Anosh Irani and Ameen Merchant; Vancouver International Film Festival director Prem Gill; Indian Summer Festival artistic director Sirish Rao, managing director Laura Byspalko, and board director Mandeep Dhaliwal; Indian Consul General Ravi Aisola and poet Priti Aisola; Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith; OMNI News reporter Tarannum Thind; BC film aficionados Anil Patade and Kamal Sharma; Dave Ratnarajah from Creative BC; curator Naveen Girn; playwright and actor Anoushka Ratnarajah and her lovely family; and Jugni Style’s editorial director Manjot Bains.

 

See photos from the dinner below:

Ayme Sharma, Prem Gill, Nagesh Kukunoor, Manjot Bains
Ayme Sharma, Prem Gill, Nagesh Kukunoor, Manjot Bains
Filmmakers Nagesh Kukunoor and Vic Sarin
Filmmakers Nagesh Kukunoor and Vic Sarin
Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith, OMNI reporter Tarannum Thind, Riz Rajwani and Laura Byspalko from Indian Summer Festival
Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith, OMNI reporter Tarannum Thind, Riz Rajwani and Laura Byspalko from Indian Summer Festival
Riz Rajwani, Nagesh Kukunoor and Tarannum Thind
Riz Rajwani, Nagesh Kukunoor and Tarannum Thind
Indian Summer Festival’s Laura Byspalko and Sirish Rao
Indian Summer Festival’s Laura Byspalko and Sirish Rao
Sirish Rao, Nagesh Kukunoor and Laura Byspalko
Sirish Rao, Nagesh Kukunoor and Laura Byspalko
Priti Aisola and Indian Consul General
Priti Aisola and Indian Consul General
Jugni Style’s Editorial Director Manjot Bains
Jugni Style’s Editorial Director Manjot Bains
Filmmakers Nimisha Mukerji and Mark Ratzlaff
Filmmakers Nimisha Mukerji and Mark Ratzlaff
VIFF director Prem Gill and author Ameen Merchant
VIFF director Prem Gill and author Ameen Merchant
Anil Patade and Nagesh Kukunoor
Anil Patade and Nagesh Kukunoor
Filmmaker Nimisha Mukherjee, architect Ayme Sharma, Anil Patade and VIFF’s Prem Gill
Filmmaker Nimisha Mukherjee, architect Ayme Sharma, Anil Patade and VIFF’s Prem Gill
Laura Byspalko and author Anosh Irani
Laura Byspalko and author Anosh Irani
Indian Summer director Mandeep Dhaliwal (right) and guest
Indian Summer director Mandeep Dhaliwal (right) and guest
Shashi and Kamal Sharma
Shashi and Kamal Sharma
Riz Rajwani, OMNI’s Tarannum Thind, Indian Summer Festival director Naveen Girn and Manjot Bains
Riz Rajwani, OMNI’s Tarannum Thind, Indian Summer Festival director Naveen Girn and Manjot Bains
Dr. Michael Stevenson, Sirish Rao and Jan Whitford
Dr. Michael Stevenson, Sirish Rao and Jan Whitford
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Naveen Girn, Nagesh Kukunoor, Laura Byspalko and Manjot Bains
Naveen Girn, Nagesh Kukunoor, Laura Byspalko and Manjot Bains

 

Read our interview with Nagesh Kukunoor.

Photography: Jugni Style and Anil Patade