"The festival has had a special focus on women and cinema this year with seven films by women directors," variety.com quoted Tagore as saying.

She added: "I am happy to receive the Icon Award and have enjoyed doing the master class at this rapidly growing festival."

Running from July 14 to July 24, the seventh Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival showed films in venues across London and Birmingham in 15 different languages and featured seven women filmmakers.

Cary Sawhney, director of The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, said: "Our awards aim to highlight just some of the many achievements of filmmakers and actors from South Asia, who may otherwise go unsung by the broader world film community."

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