Receiving the award at the closing night of the festival here last night, Ratnam said "I am honoured and humbled to receive this icon award. I think that Indian cinema is at the threshold of a new era, and the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival is a showcase of this next generation.
"I am sure that future awards will be won by some of the bright young talent that is coming up." Ratnam also gave a rare Screen Talk masterclass at the BFI Southbank, with Peter Webber ('Girl With a Pearl
Earring'), was part of the festival.
Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala won the Spirit of Inspiration award from Sun Mark Ltd for her outstanding work in supporting the earthquake appeal in Nepal.
"We admire Manisha's work in cinema where she was known for taking on difficult roles and her support for social causes and for those who have no voice and whose message needs to be spread," the Foundation said.
The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival's Lebara Play audience award was a very close race this year, with Fox's Indian National Award winning feature 'Kaakkaa Muttai' (The Crow's Egg) by M Manikandan pipped to the post by sleeper festival super-hit 'Nachom-ia Kumpasar' (Let's Dance to the Rhythm), directed by Bardroy Barretto, a film about Goan Jazz and its impact on Hindi film music.
The film was so popular with audiences that additional screenings had to be added at Cineworld cinemas during the festival, to cope with demand.


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