The acclaimed Life of Pi star's 25-year career in film will be celebrated with a dedicated evening at the BFI Southbank as part of this year's festival programme.
Speaking about the broad range of films represented at the LIFF, Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Festival Director, said: "It's great to be working on the zeitgeist of new Indian cinema and we aren't just showing Indian films for Indian audiences, but kicking open the door to the rich diversity of independent cinema emerging across the Indian subcontinent today. These films are accessible to everyone!
"It's also exciting to see some of the best of the filmmakers we have helped champion, now starting to be recognised on the world stage, where they belong. We are very proud to be showcasing these new films here, first, in London, surely the world's number one city of culture, style and innovation."
The fourth annual festival will feature cutting-edge films from some of India's leading talents in the realm of independent cinema.
Last year's event was launched with a star-studded premiere of Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur, attended by Kashyap and Jab Tak Hain Jaan star Anushka Sharma.
The festival opens in the West End at the Cineworld Haymarket and continues at BFI Southbank, Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue, Wood Green, Wandsworth, the O2 and ICA, with world and UK premieres. The festival also teams up with the Tate Modern for the second time.
The London Indian Film Festival will run from July 18–25. The full programme will be released on June 18.