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  • Date and time: Monday 10 June 2024, 7.45pm to 8.45pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Berrick Saul Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details


Join us as we welcome two distinguished figures from the Indian creative industry to an event exploring the power of the imagination to transcend borders and cultures.

Filmmaker, actor and TV presenter Shekhar Kapur is best known for award winning-films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Bandit Queen, Four Feathers, Mr India and Masoom,  while author Vikas Swarup’s first book, Q&A, was filmed as the multiple-Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire. 

Presented in collaboration with the Jaipur Literature Festival, our event examines the magical ingredients required for a film or book to capture a global audience’s imagination. How can artists cross boundaries to create new modes of expression that have universal appeal?

The in-conversation event is chaired by renowned broadcaster Katie Razzall, BBC News Culture and Media Editor and presenter of The Media Show on BBC Radio Four.

Shekhar and Vikas will also discuss the advantages and challenges of working in Hollywood as non-American artists and the wider future of the film industry in the context of AI, strikes and talent diversity.

Why not come along and learn more about the craft and power of creativity and imagination?


Jaipur Literature Festival

A sumptuous feast of ideas, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a global literary phenomenon, welcoming book lovers from across India and the globe.

About the speakers

Shekhar Kapur is a filmmaker, actor, TV presenter and entrepreneur best known for award winning-films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Bandit Queen, Four Feathers, Masoom and What's Love Got to Do With It? He was the executive producer of the Bollywood-themed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bombay Dreams and of films such as The Guru for Universal Studios. He set up Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation, and he has been on the jury of many international film festivals. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri and has been the President of the Film and Television Institute of India since 2020.

Katie Razzall is BBC News Culture and Media Editor and presents The Media Show on BBC Radio 4. She moved to the BBC as Newsnight Special Correspondent in 2014, and was promoted to UK Editor in 2020. She previously spent 15 years at Channel 4 News, where she began as a producer, and then later became a reporter and presenter. 

Vikas Swarup is a former diplomat, television host and best-selling author who gained global recognition with his debut novel Q&A, adapted into the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. His other two novels are Six Suspects (made into an eight-part series The Great Indian Murder on Disney/Hulu) and The Accidental Apprentice. His books have been translated into 47 international languages. He has participated in numerous festivals around the world, has written for some of the most prestigious publications and is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of South Africa, Carleton University, Concordia University & the University of Guelph (Canada). His new novel The Girl with the Seven Lives is coming out later this year.


Jaipur Literature Festival

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop