Tag: IFFM-2016

Vidya Balan praises IFFM for moving beyond movies

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By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 19 August: IFFM-2016 Brand Ambassador Vidya Balan is impressed with the iconic festival taking up issues beyond films. Speaking today at a function at the Victorian Parliament she said, “I am grateful and honoured to be at the Parliament of Victoria promoting the film festival’s core values of the diversity and inclusiveness.”

Praising the festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange’s initiative of moving beyond films, Vidya Balan said, “breaking down walls and boundaries with the La Trobe University’s project of students taking part in a new effort to help children with special needs in India and the good work being done by the Royal Children’s Hospital is basically breaking barriers in the minds of the people.”

“People do not know how to handle children with special needs and the need of the hour was to treat people as people,” she said.

“The La Trobe University’s initiative was an icing on the cake,” she commented.


About her being the Brand Ambassador of the film festival, Vidya Balan says, “The journey of the past five years has been so wonderful. I come back here year after year and go back with memories cherished for ever.”

“When Mitu first asked me to be the Brand Ambassador of the festival, I thought it will be a one off, but next year again she came to me and then continued to ask me to remain in the position year after year and that kicked off my love affair with Melbourne,” she nostalgically says.


The Bollywood legend was honoured by Hon. Luke Donnellan, Minister for Roads, Roads Safety and Ports, the IFFM Gold Medal for her contributions to cinema and interest in social issues.

A large number of festival organisers, parliament MPs and officials, Indian Consul in Melbourne Manika Jain, Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick and others were present at the function.

- SAT News Service.

Rishi Kapoor among top film biggies to grace IFFM-2016

Hirthik Roshan in Dir. Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Mohenjo Daro’ to be premiered at the IFFM-2016

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 20 June: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne – 2016 (IFFM-2016) is all set to rock the most livable city in the world. A line-up of top Bollywood, subcontinent and local film biggies including Chief Guest Rishi Kapoor are expected to spice up Melbourne with their presence. The August 11 – 21, 2016 festival’s theme this year is – Woman’s Empowerment.

The Opening Night movie will be Director Leena Yadav’s ‘Parched’, a contemporary melodrama, presents a portrait of gender inequality, and a stirring portrait of liberation in an isolated North-Indian village. The Closing Night film ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ directed by Pan Nalin is a celebration of girl power at a weekend of merrymaking involving bride-to-be Freida and her gang in Goa.

Addressing the media at the festival launch, Festival CEO, Mitu Bhowmick said, one highlight of the festival will be a retrospective of Rishi Kapoor movies with his hits Bobby, Rafu Chakkar and Karz hitting the silver screen.”

“Under Masterstrokes there will be three films from Pakistan – Journey of Thousand Miles: Peacemakers, Saving Face and the Oscar winning A Girl in The River, she said.

“Further program highlights include the world premiere of Ashutosh Gowariker’s epic adventure-romance Mohenjo Daro starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hedge in the lead roles, set in the ancient city of Mohenjo-daro in the era of the Indus Valley civilisation; and the Australian premiere of Anu Menon’s comedy drama Waiting, about the relationship between two people from very different walks of life who befriend one another in hospital,” says the festival media release.

Celebrity guests in attendance will be Rishi Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Riruparna Sengupta, Leena Yadav, Radhika Apte, Rajeev Masand, Sarah Haider, Shalmali Kholgade, Srjit Mukherjee, Malika Arora Khan, Rich Chadda and Amrinder Gill among others.

Over 50 films in 17 different languages from India and the subcontinent will be there for Melbourne audiences. Two locally made movies The Hidden Truth and The Colour of Darkness will rub shoulders with box office hits and festival favourites.

Key events of the festival will be Opening Night, Westpac IFFM Awards Night, Indian flag hoisting (by Rishi Kapoor at Fed Sq. on Aug 13 at 11 am), Bollywood Dance Competition, Rajeev Masand round table, Richa Chadda on Bollywood & Body Positivity, Panel discussion on cinema for social change, In conversation with Rishi Kapoor, Charity Initiave Launch, Q&A with Vidya Balan and Closing Night.

The IFFM was established in 2012 as an initiative of the Victorian Government and has been an iconic status here and the world over.

For all info : www.iffm.com.au

- SAT News Service.