The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is all set to kick off its festivities on Friday, August 10. This year promises to be larger than ever with events, Q&A’s, Panels, a glorious Awards Night, an edgy dance competition and a flag hoisting that always ensures goosebumps with the biggest names doing the honours each year. The festival gives a chance for film lovers across Australia to learn, enjoy and critique the best films of 2017-18 and also a chance to meet their favourite actors/ directors/ writers personally.
The award-winning largest film festival in the Southern Hemisphere begins the celebration of cinema with a star-studded opening night where the Australian premiere of Tabrez Noorani’s Love Sonia will be screened on August 10. Director Tabrez Noorani, actors Manoj Bajpayee, Frieda Pinto, Richa Chadha and Mrunal Thakur will also be present. Fans and supporters can watch Rani Mukerji hoist the Indian national flag at Melbourne’s iconic federation square on August 11 alongside the Mayor and High Commissioner of the city. After which they can groove to some Bollywood moves as Malaika Arora Khan, Nikhil Advani, Avtar Panesar judge the Bollywood Dance Competition. August 11 is a full day of IFFM events with over 5 panel discussions with India’s best and most experienced film talent who will be present to discuss their lives, struggles, anecdotes and successes. Everyone from Raj Kumar Hirani, one of India’s most loved directors to superstar Rani Mukerji, international faces like Ali Fazal and Freida Pinto and trade analyst Taran Adarsh will be present to talk cinema, cinema and more cinema.
August 12 will see the most looked-forward to-event, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards Night. Everyone from Amitabh Bachchan to Rishi Kapoor has been part of this glamorous evening where Jury members like Sue Maslin, Simi Garewal and Nikhil Advani, who will be a Jury member for the first time, pick the most deserving winners in every category.
When asked Nikhil on his first time as a Jury member, he said, “From its very inception, I have had a wonderful relationship with the festival. This is my third time here and it’s always a delight to be part of IFFM. To see Indian films being celebrated and being recognised majorly in the land Down Under for me as a filmmaker is very rewarding. And this time I’m ecstatic to be on the Jury alongside some legendary names including the iconic Simi ma’am, and a talented bunch including the likes of Sue Maslin and Geoffrey Wright.”
Music duo, Sachin – Jigar will also be performing at the awards night.
Apart from the events, film lovers will definitely throng to see India’s best films being selected and screened across the city. One such film is the blockbuster Sanju. Not only will audiences get a chance to see Sanju but can see Kamli aka Vicky Kaushal up close as well.
This is Vicky Kaushal’s first time at the festival and he will be present for the Q&A and panel discussion with his director Rajkumar Hirani.