Tag: Vidya Balan in Melbourne

Difficult to accept any regulation of the film industry: Vidya Balan

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Photo: SAT/NN

By Neeraj Nanda
Melbourne, 12 April: Since ‘Parineeta’, Vidya Balan has not looked back. Her stake has been rising with her being one of the busiest leading ladies in the Mumbai movie industry. Her movies ‘Hey Baby’, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and Kahaani established her as a strong female protagonist changing the very concept of a film heroine. Her newest movie ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ is keenly awaited as she is working for the first time with Mahesh Bhatt.
In Melbourne, for the launch of the Indian Film Festival Melbourne 2015, she had a short but candid talk with SAT. As usual she was well dressed (with an ethnic touch), a new hair style and smiling. Vidya Balan, answering to my question on the recent censorship troubles and the banning of a few words in movies she said, “It’s difficult to accept any regulation of the film industry.”
“The industry is talking to the Minister to sort out the issue,” she told SAT.
Talking about her new movie ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’, Vidya said, “It is an intense love story and working for the first time with Mahesh Bhatt has been a wonderful experience.”
It is directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Mahesh Bhatt under the banner Vishesh Films and Fox Star Studios. The film also stars Emraan Hashmi and Rajkummar Rao. It is based on the love story of Bhatt’s parents, Nanabhai Bhatt, Shirin Mohammad Ali and his stepmother. The movie is likely to release on 12 June 2015.

- SAT News Service.

IFFM’14: Vidya Balan coming!

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Actress Malika Arora Khan, Louise Asher, Victoria’s Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Tourism, Major Events, Employment and Trade, actress Vidya Balan and Mitu Bhowmick, Director IFFM-2013 in Mumbai during the announcement of Vidya Balan once again being Brand Ambassador of the festival. PHOTO: Mind Blowing Films.

By Neeraj Nanda

Mumbai/Melbourne : Bollywood diva Vidya Balan is all set to sizzle here during the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014 (IFFM-2014). She is returning as the brand ambassador of the festival for the third year in a row. Balan’s name was announced recently during the Victorian government’s trade mission to India.
“I am delighted to announce that Indian film star Vidya Balan will return as the Festival’s Ambassador,” Louise Asher, Victoria’s Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Tourism, Major Events, Employment and Trade said.

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher also announced that the Mind Blowing Films would be engaged to continue delivery of the festival until 2015.

“I am pleased to announce, on the Victorian Government’s fifth large scale trade mission to India, that the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will again offer Victorian audiences the diversity and breadth of culture of Indian cinema in 2014 and 2015,” Ms Asher said.

“It is always very gratifying to get recognition and appreciation for our work and to have that from a foreign audience in a foreign country makes it all the more special,” Vidya Balan added.

Festival Director, Mitu Bhowmick Lange, expressing her happiness over Balan’s re-appointment, said, “We are delighted to welcome the transcendent Vidya Balan back as our Festival Ambassador for IFFM 2014”.
“Such projects play a big part in both cultural and business connections, which is why the Victorian Government is committed to growing our screen industry and growing the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne,” Louise Asher said.

- SAT News Service

Vidhya Balan to sizzle Melbourne at the Indian Film Festival Melbourne 2013

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Melbourne: Bollywood diva and legand Vidhya Balan, is all set to sizzle Melbourne. She is coming back this year again as Brand Ambassador of the ‘Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2013’, likely to be held in May. The festival dates and details will be announced by the Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu in Mumbai during his visit next month visit to Mumbai as leader of the Super Trade Mission to India 2013. Festival organisers are tight lipped about the schedule and the high profile film stars who will take part in the festival. Brand Ambassador Vidhya Balan who recently got married will be accompanied to Melbourne by her husband or not remains unknown.
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne showcases the diversity and breadth of Indian film culture to Victorian audiences and will once again be delivered by Mind Blowing Films led by Bollywood’s leading face in Melbourne, Mitu Bhowmick.
The inaugural Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was held in 2012, delivering on the Victorian Government’s election pledge to develop an Indian film festival and bring the best of Indian cinema to Victorian audiences and screen practitioners.
Western Union Short Film Competition
Like no other competition of its kind, the Western Union Short Film Competition returns for its fourth year seeking out fresh, filmmaking talent from Australia, India and New Zealand. The theme this year is ‘FREEDOM’. What does Freedom mean to you, tell us in 10 minutes or less. The registration form can be downloaded from www.indianfilmfestival.com.au .
Guidelines:
To be eligible for the Western Union Short Film Competitions all shorts must be 10 minutes or less in length, films to have been completed within 2 years of our closing date, all films should be in English or have English subtitles, as this is a competition the organisers prefer that films that haven’t been previously broadcast are submitted.
Registration form can be emailed to info@indianfilmfestival.com.au
The winners from Australia and New Zealand will be flown to India. The winner from India will be flown to Melbourne to showcase the winning film at the festival. If you wish to send the DVD copy of your film, please post it to:

Mind Blowing Films
PO Box 6148
St Kilda Road Central VIC 8008
Australia

Source: Mind Blowing Films