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

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.

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014 from May 1-11


By News Desk

Melbourne, 06 February: Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014, will be held from May 1 to 11, 2014, with Bollywood diva Vidya Balan returning as the festival’s ambassador.

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher said the Victorian Coalition Government was committed to promoting Victoria’s film industry and pursuing strong trade and cultural links with India.

“The Coalition Government is committed to strengthening ties between the Victorian and Indian screen industries and the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is a marvelous way of bring our two cultures together,” Ms Asher said.

“I will also be leading Victoria’s sixth large-scale trade mission to India in March, which, together with the festival, celebrates the evolving understanding and co-operation between our two communities.

“I am especially delighted that Vidya Balan will return as the festival’s ambassador this year, and will be here to officially launch the festival program in March.

“Ms Balan has won India’s National Film Award, five Filmfare Awards, and five Screen Awards. She was also awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her services to the entertainment community, which is a great honour.”

The festival is now in its third year and has consistently brought the best of Indian and regional cinema, and high-profile industry guests to Melbourne, generating huge interest and value for our local businesses and communities.

Ms Asher said the festival will host prominent Indian filmmakers and screen professionals, highlight the depth and diversity of Indian cinema and provide an interactive program of master classes.

“This year, for the first time, the festival will present five international awards, adding an exciting competition element to the program while celebrating and recognising the diversity and craft of
Indian cinema. The five international awards are: Best Performance Award, Best Director Award, Best Film Award, Best Indie Film Award and the Audience Award.

“There will also be new opportunities for industry and community members to shape the 2014 festival and screening program to ensure that this year’s festival will be the most engaging and successful yet,” Ms Asher said.

The 2014 festival will be delivered by the Mind Blowing Films.

For further information go to: www.iffm.com.au

- SAT News Service

IFFM’14: Vidya Balan coming!

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