Bollywood heads to Indian Film Festival of Melbourne in Australia
Bollywood actors like Rani Mukerji, Vicky Kaushal, Ali Fazal, Richa Chadha and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani marked the opening of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM). The first event of the festival was the opening press conference that took place in the early hours of Friday at Melbourne’s central business district. IFFM, the award winning largest film festival in the southern hemisphere kicked off the festivities by bringing all the actors and the Minister of arts and culture, Martin Foley to announce the start of the festival.
Mitu Bhowmick Lange, director of the festival introduced all the actors present at the press conference. Among others Freida Pinto, Abhijaat Joshi, Mrunal Thakur and comedian Saadiya Ali were present.
Rani Mukerji spoke about being the guest of honour and what coming to the festival means to her, “I’m really happy to be here representing my country, my film and my fraternity. A big thank you to the Victorian government for supporting the Indian film fraternity The Indian film fraternity is so diverse, So many languages and cultures so it’s great to see films from various cultures under one roof. I thank Mitu inviting me. And this trip is special because I’m coming here with my daughter. It’s the first time she’s seeing Melbourne.”
Freida Pinto who has delivered good work internationally not just through films and music but also with her humanitarian efforts spoke about the premiere of her new film Love Sonia and said, “Love Sonia gives you a glimpse into the world of sex trafficking. But it still doesn’t show the entire world of it. Also we didn’t want to make a gratuitous film. At the end of the day we want people to understand the sense of what really happens in this part of the world and how much of it is kept away from us. So as an artiste when I got an opportunity to be part of such a film I realised it is important to raise this topic which will leave the audiences with something to ponder on.”
Speaking about his attendance and his film Sanju being a part of the festival, director Rajkumar Hirani said, “Mitu is an inspiration for many. She’s always been kind to have me here and I’m looking to IFFM. Australia is a great country and with Melbourne being such an amazing city, I’m looking forward to meeting people here”.
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will go on from August 10-22 in Melbourne, Australia. The festival will screen over 60 films from all across India and the subcontinent in over 22 languages. Film lovers will get to interact with their favourite actors, directors and writers at the festival during panel discussions and post the screenings.
The festival has become an integral part of Melbourne’s cultural calendar promoting Indian cinema and allowing Australians to take in all that the film industry has to offer.