The three-day festival at the Crowne Plaza will also highlight 100 years of Indian cinema. A discussion on the adaptation of biographies to biopics will feature actor Farhan Akhtar, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and lyricist-writer Prasoon Joshi, all of whom were part of the film "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag".

"This year, the focus is on being experimental yet inclusive with more languages, a blend of serious and light writing, intense and diverse themes coupled with celebrity attendance and general interest panels," author and BLF founding trustee Vikram Sampath said on Thursday.

The spotlight will also be on South Asian writing and authors from Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - Babar Ayaz, Mira Hashmi, Kanak Mani Dixit, Farah Ghuznawi and Ashok Ferry - will speak about the literary scene in their countries.

Kannada writers like U.R. Ananthamurthy, H.S. Venkatesh Murthy, Nissar Ahmed, among others, will speak on a host of issues related to the regional writing.

Then, there will be a session on spirituality and writing by Sri Sri Ravishankar, and serving a dose of fashion will be designer Wendell Rodricks, who will discuss the nuances of fashion writing.


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