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Vidya Balan praises IFFM for moving beyond movies

Photo: SAT/NN.

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.

Mind Blowing gets 2015 highest grossing foreign film award for PK

For net only
Hoyts GM,Programming Michlle Gater, Mitu B Lange & John Mollay at the event. Photo: Mind Blowing Films

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 12 October: Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ released this year in Australia by the Mind Blowing Films has won the prestigious Award presented by Michelle Gater, General Manager – Programming & Content Hoyts Cinemas for the Highest Grossing Foreign Film in Australia’.
“With a total box office collection of $2,110,842 , the award was accepted by Mitu Bhowmick Lange & John Molloy, Mind Blowing Films – this represents back-to-back wins for Mind Blowing Films, who won this category in 2014 with Dhoom 3,” says a AIMC media release.
Talking to SAT, Mitu Bhowmick said, “We are delighted to win the very special award for a second year in a row. We are deeply grateful to the producers Disney UTV , Raju Hirani for making this wonderful film , Hoyts for all their wonderful support and of course everyone out there who gave the film so much love “
IN 2009 the award went to The Intouchables, in 2010 it went to The Women On The 6thFloor, the 20111 award went to The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo got the award for 2012 and the 2013 award went to the movie Coco Avant Chanel.
To celebrate the presentation of the key Highest Grossing Box Office Awards in Australia and New Zealand for 2014/2015, the 70th AIMC hosted a special dinner with an ‘In Conversation’ session during the meal on October 12,2015, Gold Coast, Queensland.
Managing Director of Deluxe Australia, Alaric McAusland led the chat with Director Jocelyn Moorhouse, whose film The Dressmaker earned an enthusiastic reception at a Screen Australia-hosted screening last night – and Jeremy Sims, Director of Last Cab to Darwin, which yesterday passed the $7.2 million mark at the Australian box office.
The Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC) is the premier event to showcase the Australian film industry and provides opportunities for industry stakeholders to reflect upon and shape the issues that affect the business of motion pictures and to network with local and international colleagues. The Australian International Movie Convention is held annually on the Gold Coast, Queensland and hosted by NACO, the National Association of Cinema Operators – Australasia.

- SAT News Service.

PK breaking box office records in Australia and New Zealand also


By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 3 January: Aamir Khan’s PK is breaking all box office records in Australia and New Zealand. The film is already a blockbuster in India becoming the highest grossing Hindi film ever. Its total in the first two weeks trade analyst Komal Natha says was a net Rs. 276.32 crore.
The Times of India says, “Box office estimates currently put PK’s earnings at Rs 276 crores ($43 million) in India some two weeks after its release. Its international receipts in the first two weeks are said to be Rs 122 crores ($20 million), bringing the overall collection to Rs 400 crores ($63 million). Some estimates put the total revenue of the film, including music and video rights, at Rs 516 crores ($82 million), which would bring it just shy of Dhoom 3, which is said to have grossed Rs 542 crores ($86 million) to occupy top place. Since PK still has legs, it is almost certain to beat that record.”
PK’s theme has mesmerised the Indian people. “PK has the country on a roll. People are using social media to expose the rot that has set in all faiths. This film is a resounding blow for all those who misuse religions for their personal gains,” says an article in the online daily The Citizen.
Talking to SAT, Mitu Bhowmick of Mind Blowing Films who released the movie in Australia and New Zealand said, “It’s the highest grossing Indian film in Australia and New Zealand.”
“People are going again and again to see the movie and 20 to 30 percent of them are Australians,” she says.
PK was released in Australia on 36 screens and on 12 screens in New Zealand. Before PK, it was Dhoom 3 which was the highest grossing foreign film in Australia in 2013. And before that Aamir Khan’s ‘3 Idiots’ was a big box office success in Australia and New Zealand.
PK, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, also starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Anushka Sharma, is likely to cross the Rs 500 crore (combined India and overseas) business mark and become one of the most successful Hindi movie ever. The success of the movie despite fringe groups crying foul also puts Aamir Khan once again as number 1 in Bollywood.

-SAT News Service

Aamir Khan’s Video Press conference (Melbourne)

Video Source: Mind Blowing Films

Vidya Balan to launch Victoria’s Indian Film Festival 2012 on May 11

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne: Bollywood starlet Vidya Balan will launch the Indian Film Festival 2012, here on 11 May, 2012 at the Hoyts Melbourne Central. The program will include the screening of Vidhya Balan’s recent box office hit ‘The Dirty Picture’.
‘Ooh La La’ Vidya Balan is the brand Ambassador of the festival to be held in mid-year.The full program and details of the festival will be announced during the launch.Vidya had last last year visited Melbourne as part of the Bollywood Film festival organised by the Mind Blowing Films.

Talking to Indian Express, Vidya said that she is delighted to be named as the brand ambassador of the said festival and that she loves the format of the festival and the wide range of films screened there. She also added that the festival not only showcases the best of Indian cinema, but also provides a platform for young, upcoming filmmakers through its short film competition.

“Recalling her association with the Melbourne city, she said that when she was in Melbourne, she was smitten by the city and its love for films and its multi-cultural spirit. She added that she is confident that the festival will contribute greatly to add to that spirit,” reports the Indian Express.

Director of the Festival and co-director of the Mind Blowing Films, Mitu Bhowmick Lange said,
“This contract allows us to develop a fantastic festival program,including both”mainstream
and niche arthouse Indian cinema, regional films, and a focus on fostering relationships
between filmmakers in Australia and India.”

The 10-day festival will take place in mid-2012 and will showcase the depth and diversity of the Indian film industry. The festival , according to reports, has been awarded to the leading Bollywood company Mind Blowing Films,who were earlier holding their own similar festival over the years. The Victorian Government is expected to considerably fund the Victoria’s Indian Film Festival 2012.