At the UK-Asian Film Festival 2024, ‘Lord Curzon Ki Haveli’ made waves by clinching two prestigious awards: Best Director for Anshuman Jha and Best Actor for Arjun Mathur. The film, a black comedy thriller, has enjoyed a successful festival run over the past six months, culminating in a standing ovation at the historic Regent Street cinema in London. Reflecting on the win, Jha expressed gratitude, highlighting the film’s exploration of Asian identity and immigration in the West, a theme resonant with their experiences shooting in the UK and traveling globally. He emphasized the film’s aim to entertain while prompting reflection, underscoring the significance of winning at the British Premiere.

Anushuman Jha credited Arjun Mathur’s portrayal of the character Rohit as exemplary, praising their collaborative and joyful process in bringing the story to life. Mathur, in turn, spoke of the personal significance of winning in London, where he had decided to pursue acting years earlier. He thanked Jha for entrusting him with the role and praised the director’s unwavering commitment to their shared vision, which remained consistent from the initial narration to the final product.

Here is what Arjun Mathur had to say…

I had taken the decision to pursue acting while in London in the year 2000. And winning this award here feels cathartic. I want to Thank Anshuman for giving me Rohit & for putting the process in the forefront. We had such focused fun during this film. And he has made exactly the film he narrated to me on his first narration. We had a lot of fun doing this together.

Here is what Anshuman Jha had to say…

This win feels like a full circle for it has come in the UK. The film is about Asians in the West, identity, immigrants – thereby we are thrilled on the win in London. Because we shot the film in the UK & have been traveling with it around the world & now to win at our British Premiere is something I am truly grateful for. Especially for Arjun because I truly feel this film is one of his finest, if not, his best performance. Films need to entertain and ask questions. Can’t wait for it to release later this year.

Congratulations to Anshuman Jha for clinching the Best Director award and Arjun Mathur for winning Best Actor at the UK-Asian Film Festival 2024! Your outstanding contributions to ‘Lord Curzon Ki Haveli’ have truly elevated the film and left a lasting impact on audiences worldwide. Well-deserved accolades for a remarkable achievement!