As the London Indian Film Festival opened to a great response on July 18, Life of Pi actor Irrfan Khan was the guest of honor at the opening night of the festival.

Other guests seen with the actor were Preeya Kalidas, Ferena Wazeir (aka Feryna Wazheir) and Asif Kapadia. Wazeir, is the brand ambassador of the LIFF which is in its fourth year now.

LIFF 2013 opened with Nawazuddin Siddiqui film Monsoon Shootout  although the star was not seen at the premiere. Other films in the screening list include B.A. Pass (Hindi) starring Shilpa Shukla of the Chak de! India fame, detective thriller Pune 52 (Marathi) and Q’s Tasher Desh (Bengali) to name a few. Actor Akshay Kumar’s latest Marathi production, 72 Miles – Ek Pravas was also showcased to a packed theater.

Irrfan and National Film Award-winning director Adoor Gopalakrishnan conducted masterclasses at the festival and received a very good response.

The festival will close with Bombay Talkies, a set of four short films made by festival favorite Anurag Kashyap and renowned directors Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee.