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IFFM-2021 to kick off online Aug.15 with Satyajit Ray’s ‘Mahanagar’ as part of 120 films in 27 Indian languages

A scene for Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar (1963). Photo- Supplied.

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 11 August 2021: The 12th edition of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, kicks off on 15 August, India’s Independence Day, at 5 pm. The opening film is Satyajit Ray’s 1963 classic Mahanagar (The Big City) – – an unmissable highlight of the Festival’s tribute to legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray, as part of global celebrations marking his centenary birth year – streaming free of charge across Australia via the festival’s website. Due to the current Melbourne lockdown, the cinema screenings have been postponed and dates are being finalized for these to take place at a later date once restrictions are lifted.

Mahanagar kicks off the 10-film virtual Satyajit Ray program that spans Ray’s luminous career – including Charulata (The Lonely Wife, 1964), regarded by Ray himself as his finest work; Kapurush (The Coward, 1965); a self-reflexive study of artistic fame Nayak (The Hero, 1966); detective adventure Joi Baba Felunath (The Elephant God, 1979), which climaxes with a shoot-out on the Ganges; the philosophical love triangle Ghare Baire (The Home and the World, 1984); absorbing Ibsen adaptation Ganashatru (An Enemy of the People, 1989); Ray’s final film Agantuk (The Stranger, 1991); and 2 documentaries about the director (The Music of Satyajit Ray, 1984; A Ray of Light, 2018).

The Satyajit Ray movies program is part of an expanded online IFFM program that showcases over 120 films in 27 Indian languages including the documentary Borderlands, about people who live on the very edges of India; Biriyaani, about a married Muslim woman forced to conceal her desires in the name of religious and societal norms, and Kosa the tale of a young Indian boy picked up by police. These join previously announced highlights such as A Rifle and a Bag, an intimate documentary portrait of resilient ex-Naxalites in India; the single-shot experimental film Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam (Joyful Mystery), the first of its kind for the Malayalam film industry; and Jeo Baby’s breakthrough hit, the domestic patriarchal takedown, The Great Indian Kitchen.

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A scene from ‘Kosa’. Photo-Supplied.

On Friday 20th August, the IFFM Awards will be presented online by a celebrity line-up of stars and filmmakers, followed by a 1-hour press conference with all the winners.

When IFFM returns to cinemas, the Satyajit Ray celebrations continue with the landmark ‘Apu trilogy’: debut Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956), and The World of Apu (1959), with original music composed by Ravi Shankar.

The IFFM was established in 2010, the 2021 festival streams free of charge across Australia via the festival’s website, iffm.com.au. IFFM has partnered with the Mental Health Foundation Australia and Royal Children’s Hospital and encourages festival participants to donate to MHFA and RCH when booking. Films can also be viewed on your TV by downloading the IFFM app.


Richa Chadha & Onir excited at being judges at IFFM2021′s Short Film Competition

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) India, July 7 (ANI): Actor Richa Chadha and filmmaker Onir have been elected as the jury for the Short Film Competition for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2021. The theme for this year’s short film competition is ‘Modern Slavery and Equality’.

Richa is excited to attend the film festival as a judge. Expressing her happiness about the same, she says, “I feel honored to have the faith of members of IFFM in having me as their jury member to judge their Short Film Competition this year along with the lovely Onir. The theme of this year’s competition is, I believe, not only relevant but of extreme importance that needs our urgent attention.”

“I can’t wait to see the entries we get this time around the theme of equality and modern slavery. It’s important to celebrate all formats of entertainment and shorts are such a founding concept for budding Filmmakers and storytellers, to give voice and recognition to their style of filmmaking. Speaking from my personal experience having both acted and directed short films, it’s extremely tough to tell an entire story within a fairly short period of time,” she added.

According to ‘My Brother…Nikhil’s director Onir, the theme of the short film competition will give filmmakers a chance to explore different sides of society which reflect humanity.
“As someone who has been associated with the festival right from the start, I am always fascinated and impressed by the depth and diversity of the short films that compere. I think that modern-day slavery runs in streams throughout our present world and the severe exploitation of people comes in many forms,” he said.

“And while our Constitution says that every single person has the Right to Equality, is that really the case in reality? This year’s theme gives filmmakers a chance to explore these sides of society which reflect the kind of humanity we have in present times. I am excited to see what the filmmakers come up with,” he added.

The IFFM will be held both physically and virtually with the physical festival running from August 12 to August 20, while its digital edition will run from August 5 to August 30 Australia-wide.

Chehre (Hindi) – TRAILER – Releasing in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji on 9 April 2021

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The game of justice and judgment has just begun! Everybody is a suspect until proven innocent. A mystery movie in Hindi starring Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi is releasing across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji by the Mind Blowing Films. Check- www.mindblowingfilms.com

MBF’s first 2021 release – Madam Chief Minister


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 14 January 2021: After the COVID-19 pandemic hit 2020 stopped movie releases in Australia, cine-goers have been eagerly waiting for enjoying restrictions-free movies in cinema halls. So, the Mind Blowing Films (MBF) is all set for their first 2021 release, Madam Chief Minister, on 22 January 2021. The Hindi movie with English subtitles stars Richa Chadha and is directed by Subhash Kapoor.

It’s a political-drama with a woman’s theme, the film raises the issue of a woman to live with dignity has always been at crossroads with society’s norms. Especially in the hinterlands of UP, where the birth of a girl child is still a stigma, a woman’s dignity lies simply in survival; survival by subjugating to men and society, in that order.

Apart from Richa Chadha, the movie stars Manav Kaul, Akshay Oberoi, Saurabh Shukla, Subhrajyoti Barat, Nikhil Vijay among others. It is produced by T-Series and A Kangra Talkies Production.



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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 23 October 2020: Just saw the opening film of the IFFM-2020 ‘NATKHAT’ directed by Shaan Vyas and also produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Vidya Balan. In a country where domestic violence and rape is a big issue, the film tells us how masculinity takes hold from the family in childhood. The result is obvious what we see in today’s India. Talks at the dinner table and school experience make what we call serious gender issues in adulthood. Vidya tells a story which contrasted with real-life keeps the boy in perpetual excitement. In 33.28 minutes this short film speaks tons about a vibrant social issue. Shall I call it a feminist movie? Or, is it just reality speaking. A good start for the IFFM-2020.
I give it 4 and a half stars out of 5.