The grit and glamour of IFFM-2023’s award’s night

Rani Mukerji addressing the gathering at the awards night. Photo – SAT/NN.

MELBOURNE, 11 August 2023: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne’s (IFFM-2023) in its 14th edition and festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange’s tireless love and passion for Indian cinema was on display at the Hamer Hall, Arts Centre as the massive fan crowds cheered the stalwarts fuelling India’s cinematic magic. Amid the gloss and glitter of the annual awards the dream merchants basked in the glory of their awards. The awardees were there and so were cinema lovers who left no stone upturned once again to push further the world’s biggest film industry churning out thousands of movies each year. The global reach of Indian cinema reflecting India’s cultural and linguistic diversity is today the strongest ever.

The media conference in progress. Photo- John Kumar.
Team GHOOMER enjoying Melbourne. Photo- Manish Sundarjee.

“In a world increasingly driven by data, algorithms, and efficiency, the arts and cinema offer a counterbalance—a space for introspection, reflection, and human connection. They remind us of the importance of nuance, imagination, and the subjective experience.

The theme for this year’s festival, Identity, pushes us to think beyond the technological advancements happening around us, and look inward – to where we truly come from, what we stand for, and how we choose to live our lives, said Mitu Bhowmick Lange in her festival message.

All those at the media conference. Photo- John Kumar.

The media conference in the morning, and the awards night had all the star power, experience power, talent power and content power. The presence of this rather talented potpourri from the world’s most populated country spoke for itself.

The young and emerging Kartik Aryan, Karan Johar, with 25 years experience laced with seven directorial box office successes, director Anurag Kashyap, famous for the Gangs of Wasseypur and now Kennedy, Rani Mukerji who has stormed the world with Mrs Chatterjee and Norway,  the talented Telugu Sita Raman team and many more spiced up the four hours long awards night.


No doubt, the successful event was the result of sponsors, supporters, fans and the IFFM team led by festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange who need to be commended for the spectacular show. It will be remembered for a long time.

A link to all the awardees will be added here soon! 


By Neeraj Nanda

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