Indian film festival kicks off in Melbourne

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was a huge attraction as the Indian Film Festival kicked off in Melbourne

Victoria’s minister for Tourism and Major Events, Louise Asher, and the festival’s director, Mitu Bhowmick Lange, also played a part in the opening ceremony.

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, which is an 11-day long festival, is set to be hugely popular and organisers are expecting the large Indian population that lives in Australia to turn out for the festival as well as travellers on escorted Australia tours.

At a packed out press conference for the opening of the festival, Amitabh Bachchan, one of the world’s most famous Bollywood actors, said he was looking forward to the festival.

He added, “I am delighted that Melbourne is hosting this festival. I am very honoured.”

Festival to show-off Indian films

The Indian Film Festival in Melbourne will showcase the very best of Indian cinema and as well as Amitabh Bachchan attending the festival famous, Indian actress Vidya Balan will also be attending the festival as well as other renowned actors and actresses from Bollywood.

In all, the festival in Melbourne, which is dubbed the biggest celebration of Indian cinema in the whole of the southern hemisphere, will show over 40 films and will be hosting an awards evening.

The festival’s awards evening will give out a total of five awards for Best Film, Best Performance, Best Director, Best Independent Film and the People’s Choice Award.

Included in this year’s festival will be a Bollywood Dance competition, which will see dancers from across Australia compete to win a trip to India.

The competition has a number of judges who will vote for their best dancer, including Malaika Arora Khan from the popular India’s Got Talent show.

To find out more information about the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne, click here.

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