August 10 to August 22,2017,
What is it all about?
An annual festival celebrating the best of Indian cinema held in Melbourne, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), has grown to becoming one of the most popular film festivals celebrating Indian cinema globally and has an interesting mix of mainstream and content-led cinema.
Headed by Australian distributor, Mitu Bhowmick Lange, it has the likes of Pamela Chopra, Simi Grewal, Vidya Balan and Uma Da Cunha as part of the core team of the festival.
This year, the festival will host Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Adil Hussain, Rajkummar Rao, Vidya Balan (The festival’s brand ambassador), Karan Johar, Nitesh Tiwari, Onir and fashion designer Vikram Phadnis, among other celebrities.
Films to be screened at the festival
From major Bollywood Indian films released, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil by Karan Johar, Badrinath Ki Dulhania by Shashank Khaitan, Dear Zindagi by Gauri Shinde, M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story by Neeraj Pandey, Shab by Onir, Baahubali by SS Rajamouli, Trapped by Vikramaditya Motwane and Dangal by Nitesh Tiwari will be screened.
Also being screened will be festival favourites like Hotel Salvation by Shibashish Bhutiani, A Billion Colour Story by N Padmakumar, Chronicles of Hari by Ananya Kasravalli, A Death In The Gunj by Konkona Sensharma, Lipstick Under My Burkha by Alankrita Srivastava and Lady of the Lake by Haobam Paban Kumar.
Representing quality cinema from across the country, the festival will also screen Malayalam films Manhole by Vidhu Vincent; The Firefly by Anil Thomas; Kanadda film Railway Children by Prithvu Konanur; Marathi films Doctor Rakhmabai by Ananth Mahadevan, Cycle by Prakash Kunthe and Hrudyantar by Vikram Phadnis, and films from other regions like Assam, Bengal and Punjab.
As if the vast array of Indian films was not enough, the festival will also host the Westpac IFFM Awards with heavyweights competing for top honours along with rising talents from the country.
In addition to festival favourites and films from across the country, the festival will also host the world premiere of the much-talked-about Tamil relationship drama My Son Is Gay directed by Lokesh Kumar. This project of the Film Bazaar stars noted Tamil actress Anupama Kumar and is a relationship drama between a mother and her son.