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Daniel Andrews announces $ 3 million boost to film Indian & Bollywood movies in Victoria

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 11 August: More of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters will be filmed right here in Victoria, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to establish our state’s first-ever dedicated Indian Cinema and Bollywood Attraction Fund.

Alongside Bollywood superstar Rani Mukerji, Premier Daniel Andrews today announced the investment at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

Premier Daniel Andrews said, “Thanks to the countless contributions of our Indian communities, ours is a multicultural success story. Labor will cement that success by bringing Bollywood to Victoria.”

“This investment will grow Victoria’s film industry, grow Victorian jobs and bring our two nations even closer, he said.”

The $3 million fund will help attract Indian film projects to our state, with Film Victoria working closely with India’s biggest production studios, and offering grants worth up to 25 percent of their spend in Victoria.

The investment is expected to attract a minimum of four blockbuster Bollywood films to our state over the next three years, growing our local film industry, creating local jobs and bringing Victoria and India even closer together.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “As the proud home of our nation’s biggest Indian community, it’s only fitting that we’re home to Australia’s Bollywood industry too.”

“For local producers and artists, this will provide an opportunity to collaborate and create something uniquely Victorian and Indian, “he said.

Eclipsing Hollywood, India’s film industry is the biggest in the world, last year recording a 27 percent increase in
revenue.

Victoria has previously played host to a number of Indian film productions, including box office blockbuster Chak De India, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Salaam Namaste – the first Indian movie ever to be filmed entirely in Australia.

By bringing even more Indian films to our state, a re-elected Labor Government will grow Victoria’s economy, attract new visitors and provide the opportunity to celebrate, collaborate and create uniquely Victorian and Indian films.

IFFM-2018 (Aug. 10-22) – Trailer (Watch Video)

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MOVIE REVIEW: Will those perusing only profits for health goals & products accept Padman Akshay’s message?

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 8 February: In a nutshell, Padman is the story of a mechanic (Akshay Kumar) who invents affordable sanitary pads and tries to influence his wife (Radhika Apte) and his two sisters to use them but is shunned by them as the taboo product clashes with their conservative cultural values. He pushes his vision of women’s hygiene (mensural periods) with his product through others but faces hurdles and his marriage get estranged. The second half (after the intermission) shows his struggle to make the product as a cottage industry with cheap technology and make it a mass product. He is finally recognised with the help of a Delhi girl (Sonam Kapoor) who joins his mission. The end is happy with the product (Pari) moving ahead and Akshay Kumar addressed as the Padman.

This rather unusual but educational movie sets the tone to confront a culturally sensitive subject of a woman’s mensural cycle, its consequences and to be hygienic in those days (five) in a typical fast forward Bollywood style script. The movie starts and does not slow down till Akshay Kumar’s mission is successful and he is honoured with a ‘Padam Shri’.

No doubt, Padman breaks the barrier of a taboo subject and brings it into public domain but is this enough to liberate women in a country where child marriages, teenage pregnancies, sexual harassment at workplace, plight of widows, prostitution, female infanticide and honour killings are reported daily. Women’s hygiene (mensural or other) is firmly connected to one’s socio-economic status. A woman in a poor family struggles for the basics of life. How much can she spend on branded stuff during her mensural cycle? It is here Padman’s message of affordable sanitary pads is relevant.

Akshay Kumar acts in his typical style but age seems to be catching up with him. Radhika Apte’s acting is mature and composed. Sonam Kapoor steals the show as the happy go lucky girl helping out Akshay. The locations of Maheshwar, a town in the Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh, 90 km from Indore are beautiful and give a rustic feeling.

Wish Akshay Kumar’s speech at the United Nations was shorter. The movie tells us there are only 12 m women in rural India with hygienic protection during mensural periods. But, in his speech, Amitabh Bachchan (guest role) says this figure is 18 m. Not sure which statistic is correct. Sonam Kapoor’s infatuation (or love) for Akshay does not fit well. Feel tighter editing could have cut the movie’s unnecessary length.

The Padman story is based on Twinkle Khanna’s book on the real life experiences of Arunachalam Muruganantham and his mission. A documentary on his life ‘Menstrual Man’ by Amit Virmani has won many accolades.

Despite shortcomings this is a different movie (in the Mumbai style) with a positive message. It’s relevance for India is enormous. Health issues are important for both women and men. It is this sector which is getting more and more privatised. Medical and health products have become quite expensive. One wonders those only perusing health goals for profits will accept Akshay Kumar’s message?

I give Padman three out of five stars.