Irrfan Khan was announced as the winner of a special Icon Award at the closing ceremony of the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF).
Irrfan accepted the award privately after two of his films were screened at the festival this year Mostafa Sarwar Farooki’s Doob: No Bed of Roses and Anup Singh’s Song of Scorpions.
A second Icon Award went to actor Manoj Bajpayee who attended this year’s festival with his films Gali Guliyan and Love Sonia.
“Getting this award at this prestigious film festival, it definitely is a matter of privilege for me; also in London, the city I love the most,” said Bajpayee.
The Outstanding Achievement Award was bagged by Richa Chadha, who starred in this year’s opening night world premiere of Tabrez Noorani’s crossover Love Sonia.
“When you say Indian films, people assume it’s just Bollywood and that’s untrue. We have independent films, that survive the onslaught of the nexus, and festivals like LIFF help us in making the right noise back home, so these films stand a chance against the mainstream expensive spectacle films,” Chadha said.
The annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Award worth GBP 1,000 went to the Indo-German co-production The Peanut Seller.