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King Khan chief guest at the IFFM- 2019

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 13 June: Indian movie superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be the chief guest at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne-2019 (IFFM-2019), 8 to 17 August 2019. This will be the coveted festival’s 10th year, showcasing the best of Indian cinema.

From a grassroots festival to a state government-backed festival and an awardee of several global awards, the IFFM is the biggest Indian film festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

This year the festival is set to celebrate the central theme of ‘courage’, which is engraved in the inclusivity and diversity of the Indian film business.

Commenting about the festival, the Victorian Premier Hon. Daniel Andrews says: “The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is a much-loved event that celebrates the strong relationship between Victoria and India and our own vibrant Indian community. This event has grown significantly over the past decade and with the extraordinary Shah Rukh Khan here, this year’s festival is shaping up to be the biggest and most exciting yet.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley says: “A celebration of film, community and culture, the Indian Film Festival puts Melbourne in the spotlight and attracts more than 35,000 people each year. The Bollywood and Indian film industry is the biggest in the world and in addition to supporting this festival, we’ve announced a new Bollywood and Indian Cinema Attraction Fund to bring more film productions from India and the subcontinent to Victoria. Perhaps we’ll even lure Shah Rukh Khan back to our shores again!”

King Khan as he’s admirably referred to globally will be opening the festival officially on the 8th of August, 2019 along with the other festival guests and in the company of the ‘Premiere of Victoria’ Hon. Daniel Andrews and Mitu Bhowmick Lange, the director of the esteemed festival.

A Mind Blowing Films media release quotes, Shah Rukh Khan, saying, “I’m honoured and delighted to accept the invitation from the Victorian government and the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne to open their festival as their chief guest.
An industry of our magnitude and diversity deserves to be celebrated with great passion and fervor, which is what the festival embodies. I’m particularly pleased with the theme of the festival this year which is courage, an emotion that resonates with storytellers who really have the might to change the society and the world. I have had great memories of shooting for Chak De India in Melbourne and look forward to being back again, this time to celebrate Indian cinema”.

Director of the festival, Mitu Bhowmick Lange says, “We are so elated with the news of Mr. Khan joining us to be our chief guest. He’s truly an icon of Indian cinema internationally, a global icon, who millions and millions follow and look up to. The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has always strived to bring the best Indian cinema here in Melbourne and bridge a gap between the fans and the actors whom people love and admire. We are looking forward to hosting Mr. Khan in Melbourne.”

The festival has films like Andhadhun (Hindi), Gully Boy (Hindi), Super Delux (Tamil), Chuskit (Ladakhi), Chippa (Hindi), Ahaa Re (Bengali) among others. A few films will be shown free at the Federation Square and the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition will enthrall the audience.

Full details of the ten days’ festival’s movies, guests, opening, other and closing events and masterclasses, etc. will be announced soon. More information can be accessed at www.iffm.com.au.

Movie Preview: 102 NOT OUT

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102 Not Out – is an ageless comedy that brings together Indian Cinema’s two biggest stalwarts – Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor after 27 years, with the two legends playing father-son duo for the first time, 102 years young Dattatraya Vakharia (Amitabh Bachchan) lives life to the fullest and wants to break the record of the oldest living man- that’s held by a 118 years old Chinese.

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Dattatraya wants to live a stress-free life in order to become the oldest living man. However, there is only one hindrance – his
75-year- old son Babulal (Rishi Kapoor) who has resigned himself to a life of old age stuck in drudgery.

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Dattatraya now must find means and ways to change Babulal’s sad and grumpy demeanor so that he doesn’t become a deterrent in breaking the record.

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Little do they realize that this roller coaster ride filled with comedy, emotion, and commotion, will change them and their relationship forever.

All text & photos: Mind Blowing Films, Melbourne.
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IFFM-2017: A treat not to be missed

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By SAT News Desk

Monday 26 June: This year again the most liveable city in the world will be swamped by the Indian film industry with its movies, actors, directors, producers and others who have made it the world’s biggest movie industry. The glitter of this magnificent enterprise dishing out a few thousand movies each year will speak many languages, cultures, and stories. No doubt, IFFM-2017 will be a treat not to be missed.

The 2017 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) will run from Thursday 10 – Tuesday 22 August, with more venues, special guests and events, and screenings of over 60 films.

Opening this year’s festival is the award-winning and thought-provoking Lipstick Under My Burkha. An acclaimed drama exploring social taboos and personal struggles of four Indian women from diverse backgrounds, the film was initially denied classification in January for being too “lady orientated” by the Central Board Film Certification (CBFC) of India, a decision director Alankrita Shrivastava described as “an assault on women’s rights”. Shrivastava and the film’s star Konkona Sen Sharma are special guests of the festival and will attend the opening night.

“Independent films are telling important stories, challenging the status quo and are important artistic expressions.” said Alankrita Shrivastava “I’m delighted to participate in the Festival with Lipstick Under My Burkha and looking forward to the reaction of Australian audiences.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne promotes the cross-cultural exchange of ideas between Indian and Australian audiences through its unique and diverse selection of films and events. The Victorian Government is proud to support the festival and welcome it back to Victoria for another year. This film is just our first look at what promises to be another exciting program.”

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Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick-Lange said, “This August the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will present films that explore diversity and the endless potential of humanity. Audiences will immerse themselves in 13 days of film, including Bollywood blockbusters, powerful indie films and stunning documentaries from India and the subcontinent. These films were curated to entertain, inspire, enrage, engage and challenge viewers. We look forward to welcoming a fantastic line up of guests and welcoming audiences to our screenings and special events.”

IFFM continues to grow and increase its accessibility, responding to the huge appetite for Indian film from Melbourne audiences and will this year screen a number of brilliant Bollywood favorites at Federation Square as well as adding three new screening locations at HOYTS Chadstone, Broadmeadows, and Forest Hill alongside Melbourne Central and Highpoint. Celebrating diversity, the IFFM program features films of over 20 different languages from India and the subcontinent.

The star studded Westpac Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards (IFFM Awards), will take place on Friday 11 August at Melbourne’s Recital Centre.

IFFM’s opening week coincides with the Indian Independence Day celebrations and the festival is thrilled to commemorate this event through the ceremony, dance and the recognition of excellence in India’s film culture. Celebrations will include the raising of the Indian flag on Saturday 12 August at the Federation Square, followed by the Telstra Bollywood Dance competition.

A not to be missed highlight of this year’s festival will be a series of In Conversation and Masterclass events with Festival Guests at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge as well as Q&As at a number of the screening venues.

The IFFM:

Dates: Thursday 10 August – Tuesday 22 August

Venues: Melbourne Recital Centre • Federation Square • Deakin Edge •Hoyts Melbourne Central • Hoyts Chadstone • Hoyts Broadmeadows • Hoyts Forest Hill • Hoyts Highpoint

The full IFFM program will be released in the first week of July. In the lead up, there’s a fantastic opportunity for film lovers to win tickets to IFFM events by showing their social conscience with the very exciting IFFM Hero campaign. #iffmhero.

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Mind Blowing Films bids farewell to 2016 with a bang!!

The season commences with the free-spirited, contemporary love story Befikre produced and directed by Aditya Chopra! Followed by the most awaited release of 2016, Dangal, a biographical sports drama film starring Aamir khan.To keep the New Year’s festive fever alive, Sarvann will hit the screens on 13th January. 26thJanuary is going to be an action packed day with Kaabil and Raaes releasing on the same day. Kaabil is a romantic action thriller, featuring Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam in the lead roles. Raees, the film that has been in the news, stars Shah Rukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Synopsis

Befikre

Release Date: 9 December 2016
Starring: Ranveer Singh, VaaniKapoor
Language: Hindi (With English Subtitles)
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Production House: Yash Raj Films
Director: Aditya Chopra
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Synopsis:

Befikre is a story that celebrates being carefree in love. A quintessential Delhi boy Dharam (Ranveer Singh) comes to Paris for work and in search of adventure. Just when he is about to embark on this journey of his life he bumps into a wild, free spirited, French born Indian girl Shyra (VaaniKapoor).

A feisty romance ensues between the two in which both of their personalities- one being an equal match for the other are tested to the limit. Battling their ups and downs, both realize that love is a leap of faith that can only be taken by those who dare to love.

Dangal

Release Date: 23rd December 2016
Starring: Aamir Khan, SakshiTanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh
Language: Hindi (With English Subtitles)
Producer: Aamir Khan, KiranRao&Siddharth Roy Kapur
Director: Nitish Tiwari
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Synopsis:

Dangal, which means ‘wrestling’, revolves around the extraordinary life of Mahavir Singh, an ex-wrestler who could never accomplish his dream of winning India an international Gold medal in wrestling. He has to give up on his dream due to financial pressures.

Mahavir Singh pacifies himself and resolves if not him, his would be son would one day realize his dream. However, destiny has other plans. Over almost two decades he and his wife are blessed with four children, all girls. Mahavir Singh loses hope.

But, when one day his eldest daughter Geeta, now 14 years old and the second one Babita, now 12 years old, bash up some grown up boys from the neighborhood for teasing them, he realizes that his daughters have what it takes to be world-class wrestlers. Hope is back in his life. After all, a gold medal is a gold medal whether a boy wins it or a girl.

He trains them with boys, like boys, to beat boys in various local village-wrestling tournaments. He removes every temptation that comes between his daughters and wrestling. He makes sure they don’t just fight, but fight to win.

Against all odds he bravely embraces all criticism from the society, lack of money, apathy from officials and much more, but never gives up… all to see India win Gold.

Sarvann

Release Date: 13th January 2017
Starring: Amrinder Gill, Ranjit Bawa, Simi Chahal
Language: Punjabi (With English Subtitles)
Producer: Priyanka Chopra, Dr. Madhu Chopra, Deepshika Deshmukh
Production House: Purple Pebble Pictures
Director: Karaan Guliani
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Synopsis:

Actor Priyanka Chopra’s maiden Punjabi film as a producer, titled Sarvann, will hit the screens in January.The film features Amrinder Gill and will be produced by Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra under their home banner.

Kaabil

Release Date: 26th January 2017
Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam
Language: Hindi (With English Subtitles)
Producer: Rakesh Roshan
Production House: FilmKraft Production
Director: Sanjay Gupta
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Synopsis:

Kaabil isa romantic action thriller film featuring Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautum in lead roles both of which are blind but somehow manage to fall in love.

Rohan, 31, is a dubbing artist. His days are spent in the studio, nights at home. In today’s complex world, Rohan is a simple man with one dream – to lead a normal life and in time, to find someone with whom he can build a happy home. His journey leads him to meet the independent girl Supriya. Together, they begin to build the world of their dreams.

The grave tragedy leaves Rohan isolated and completely in the dark. In his quest for answers, Rohan stumbles upon the devastating truth of what really happened that compelled Supriya to leave him all alone. 

Driven by his loss, rage and his undying love for Supriya, Rohan is propelled into a no holds barred battle of strength and wit against the powerful people responsible for destroying his perfect life.

Raees

Release Date: 26th January 2017
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, NawazuddinSiddiqui
Language: Hindi (With English Subtitles)
Producer: RiteshSidhwani, FarhanAkhtar and Gauri Khan
Production House: Red Chillies Entertainment
Director: Rahul Dholakia
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Synopsis:

Criticizing the prohibition of alcohol, prostitution and illegal drugs in Gujarat, this film unfolds the story of a cruel and clever bootlegger (Shah Rukh Khan), whose business is highly challenged by a tough cop (NawazuddinSiddiqui).

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.

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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.

AWARD FOR VIDYA

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.