IFFM will be taking place, physically and virtually, from August 12-20, 2022. After the pandemic, this is the first time it has come with its physical event, since 2020 and 2021 was done virtually…reports Asian Lite News
Actress Tamannaah Bhatia, a classically trained dancer whose dancing skills are well known, will be one of the judges at the Bollywood dance competition that is to take place as part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM). Dancers from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand among others will be taking part in this competition, which the IFFM has been organising over the years. The idea of it was born after seeing the fondness for Bollywood dance across the globe. The organisers have been getting registrations from across the globe for this competition.
The actor will be joined by the present Miss Australia, Miss Kristen Wright, in co-judging the competition. “I have been a dancer all my life. Bollywood dance is something that I grew up with and our movie industry shows such a versatile culture it is even reflected in our dance choreographies. We all know Bollywood has a fan following beyond India. And what makes this competition so special is people from across the globe are coming to take part in this competition,” says Tamannaah. She also adds, “I am really thankful to IFFM for giving me this opportunity to be part of this competition.
“The 13th edition of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2022 programme was officially launched by festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange at the Indian Consulate of Melbourne. Mitu says, “Indian movies have always had a huge fan following in Australia. The country is a powerhouse of talent and has given some of the most extremely talented artists in the world. Bollywood music and dance is an independent genre in itself and people are just waiting for a platform to express their talent and are providing that platform. And this time, we have got Tamannaah to judge the competition and she is a part of Bollywood and Southern India film industries. She has a huge following. It will be a treat for her fans to see her in person.”
IFFM will be taking place, physically and virtually, from August 12-20, 2022. After the pandemic, this is the first time it has come with its physical event, since 2020 and 2021 was done virtually. It is one of the biggest Indian film festivals that takes place outside of India and is also the only Indian film festival backed by the Australian government. The film festival will showcase more than 100 critically acclaimed movies. Some of the movies that are lined up for this year’s festival are the upcoming Aamir Khan-starrer ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, Taapsee Pannu’s ‘Dobaaraa’ and the critically acclaimed ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’.
The event will be hosting some of the big names of Bollywood like Abhishek Bachchan, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Vaani Kapoor to name a few.
“The huge round of applause from the audience when the movie ended and the appreciation during the question and answer (session) was just more than what dreams are made of!!!”…reports Asian Lite News
The team of director Mahesh Narayanan’s Malayalam film, ‘Ariyippu’, featuring actors Kunchacko Boban and Divya Prabha in the lead is thrilled with the reception their film has got at the Locarno Film Festival where it premiered.
Taking to Instagram, actor Kunchacko Boban posted pictures of the team at the festival and said: “Officially Yours at the Film Festival Locarno! Thank you for all the adulations, positive reviews and accolades still pouring in for ‘Ariyippu’. We had given our 100 per cent for this movie. And the feeling is just surreal when you feel vibes amongst the audience. Thank you once again Giona Nazzaro for being so generous with your positive opinions and exemplary conduct of the festival.”
A day earlier, the actor had put out another post in which he said: “When Malayalam roared at the 75th Locarno International Film Festival. ‘Ariyippu’ had its world premiere as the opening movie in the competition segment today in Locarno Film Festival before a packed house of nearly 2500 people from all across the world.”
“The huge round of applause from the audience when the movie ended and the appreciation during the question and answer (session) was just more than what dreams are made of!!!”
“Thank you Mahesh for being what you have been throughout my life. Shebin for being a wonderful producer, partner and pal. Divya for the outstanding performer and whacky friend. Sanuchettan for the life-breathing visuals. Jothish for being our go-to-man.”
An amazing ensemble of the finest actors Lovleen Misra, Danish Husain, Kannan Arunachalam, Faisal Malikaand the entire team of ‘Ariyippu’ for giving their best for this movie.
“We did it internationally dears. And may this be just the beginning of many more greater things God willing!! Thank you Giona Nazzaro for selecting our movie and showering words of praise,making some fantastic arrangements and coordinating such a spectacular opening show. Bandhu Prasad for facilitating the whole process for our movie going global.”
The event was organised by Telangana’s Department of Handlooms & Textiles, and the Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society (TSCO)…reports Asian Lite News
Handloom Industry in the Telangana state occupies a unique place in the country for its exclusive art and artifacts of handloom weavers. On National Handlooms Day, actress Tabu took to the ramp to showcase Telangana handloom textiles.
The fashion show was an ensemble comprising more than 50 sarees and garments made from the textiles that are woven in Telangana. The showstopper was Tabu, who draped a traditional gharara with a short kurta and dupatta.
In all, 26 models including 21 females and five men walked the ramp at the ‘Amogham’ event presented by award-winning textiles designer Gaurang Shah, to highlight the breadth and diversity that Telangana has to offer to the world.
The event was organised by Telangana’s Department of Handlooms & Textiles, and the Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society (TSCO).
Models sashayed in vibrant Ikkats from Pochampally and Puttapaka, elegant gadwals, and lustrous fabrics from Narayanpet among other local fabrics. The cheriyal paintings done on fabrics in the form of a lehenga were an absolute classic.
The tassels using handcrafted etikoppaka toys, are specialty of the State. The richness of handwoven chiffon, khadi, and Kota were also presented exquisitely. Each fabric on display was developed on the looms of Telangana, giving the weavers work for year-round production.
Gaurang said “Every art we have curated and showcased is not only timeless body of work from Telangana but also timeless creatives. My endeavour through such events, and multiple projects in the state has enabled common people, with no relation to textiles, to learn to weave.”
“Women, who are passionate about learning and working have been encouraged to sit on a loom and learn the Jamdani technique.”
‘Tehran’ is inspired by true events and the actress has already started working on the second schedule of the film…reports Asian Lite News
Former Miss World and actress Manushi Chhillar, who recently made her debut with the period film ‘Samrat Prithviraj’, has been cast opposite John Abraham for the film ‘Tehran’.
The actress feels grateful that she is getting to portray different roles that allow her to explore more as an actor and showcase her acting credentials to people.
‘Tehran’ is inspired by true events and the actress has already started working on the second schedule of the film.
Shedding light on the film’s progress, she said in a statement, “Yes, I have started the second schedule of my film ‘Tehran’ with John Abraham.”
She shared that getting to experiment and taking up diverse roles in the early phase of her career brings in a certain validation to her, “‘Tehran’ is a project that I’m extremely excited about as it not only gives me a chance to present myself in a new avatar but will also allow me to learn and grow as an actor, given the role I have in the film.”
The film is being produced by Dinesh Vijan of Maddock Films, who has been “hugely supportive” towards Manushi, as she is still getting acquainted with the world of cinema.
“It was really heart-warming to receive so much love after my first look from Tehran dropped. It’s fun to experiment with roles and I hope I get to challenge myself even more”, the actress added.
A Maddock Films production in association with Bake My Cake Films, ‘Tehran’ has been directed by Arun Gopalan, written by Ritesh Shah and Ashish Prakash Verma, produced by Dinesh Vijan, Shobhna Yadav and Sandeep Leyzell
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Manushi Chhillar recently made her foray into Bollywood opposite actor Akshay Kumar in Samrat Prithviraj. The aspiring actress has another feather to her cap as she’s named the new face of Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum. “I am a long-standing admirer of the Estee Lauder brand, and especially their Advanced Night Repair serum. Being the face of this iconic product feels wonderful,” said Manushi,”I was introduced to the Advanced Night Repair a few years ago and I would definitely call it a skin care must have.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Manushi to the Estee Lauder India family as the new face of Advanced Night Repair,” said Rohan Vaziralli, General Manager, Estee Lauder Companies India. “In addition to her passion for all things beauty, we were drawn to Manushi’s values and dedication to helping others. She reflects our brand’s commitment to women’s advancement and know she will deeply connect with our consumers across India.”
The campaign will highlight Manushi’s passion for skincare and highlight Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Multi-Recovery Complex, which combines the power of seven serums into one to hydrate, smooth fine lines, even out skin tone, strengthen and firm skin, impart radiance, and contain antioxidants.
The campaign, which launches this month and will be promoted on digital and social media platforms throughout India, is her first collaboration with a cosmetics company.
‘Kannulu Kannulu Dochayente’ and ‘Kurup’ were dubbed films, yet the love you gave to those films is something I’ll never forget…says DQ
Actor Dulquer Salmaan, whose latest movie ‘Sita Ramam’ hit the screens, shared that he cried on the day of the film’s release because he was “so overwhelmed with the film and how people were accepting it”.
Taking to social media to express his gratitude to the Telugu audience, he wrote: “To the wonderful Telugu audience, my first ever film that was dubbed in Telugu and released was ‘OK Bangaram’. Thanks to Mani sir, you all took a chance on me and gave me immense love in my first outing.
“Then, Nagi and Vyjayanthi gave me the opportunity to play Gemini in ‘Mahanati’ and even though it had grey shades, the love and respect I got for the role and film was unlike anything I expected. ‘Ammadi’ became a permanent part of my life wherever I went.”
‘Kannulu Kannulu Dochayente’ and ‘Kurup’ were dubbed films, yet the love you gave to those films is something I’ll never forget. When Swapna and Hanu approached me with ‘Sita Ramam’, I knew I was in safe hands. I knew we would be delivering a quality film and I want to always do only those straight Telugu films that will be unique and pathbreaking.
“The film is a combined effort of so many artistes and talents and crew and it became as beautiful as it is because of everyone involved. I cried on the day of the release because I was so overwhelmed with the film and how people were accepting the film.
“The love you’re showing all of us be it Hanu, Mrunal, Rashmika, Sumanth Anna, Vishal, PS Vinod sir and myself, isn’t something we can explain in words. Thank you to the cinema loving audience of Telugu. Thank you to the biggest believers in the art of cinema. Thank you for making me feel like your own.
The film is interesting in parts. Poikkal Kuthirai gets off to a slow start, with incidents being showcased to highlight the deep dad-daughter bond…reports Asian Lite News
Director: Santhosh P Jayakumar; Cast: Prabhu Deva, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Raiza Wilson, Prakash Raj, Baby Aazhiya, Jegan, Shaam, John Kokken, Releasing in Theatres; Run time: 118 minutes (Rating: ***)
Director Santhosh P Jayakumar’s ‘Poikkal Kuthirai’ is a proper commercial entertainer that banks bigs on the father-daughter sentiment. The film also has a nice little investigative track that makes the story interesting and engaging.
The story, for all practical purposes, can be dismissed as being a run-of-the-mill kind, if it were not for the fact that the protagonist is a physically-challenged man of limited means facing an incredibly difficult challenge that requires quite a bit of physical effort to overcome it. Synopsis:
Kathiravan (played by Prabhu Deva), an amputee with a single leg, is a very content man whose world revolves around his young daughter Magizh (Baby Aazhiya). With his wife having passed away, Kathiravan’s priority is to ensure that his daughter gets a good education as per his late wife’s wish.
Life is peaceful until one day, his daughter collapses on stage during a performance in school. He learns that she has a medical condition that will require a surgery that will cost him a huge sum of money. When Kathiravan runs out of options, his father (Prakash Raj), who is in prison, suggests that he kidnap the young daughter of a big industrialist Rudra(Varalaxmi Sarathkumar) and demand money. A reluctant Kathiravan begins to monitor Rudra’s child’s movements in a bid to save his ailing child. However, just when he is about to kidnap the child, a dramatic development occurs that leaves not just Rudra but also Kathiravan shocked…
The film is interesting in parts. Poikkal Kuthirai gets off to a slow start, with incidents being showcased to highlight the deep dad-daughter bond.
The film starts picking up pace only after it becomes evident that Kathiravan’s child is fighting for her life and the man has no money. However, an unnecessary episode involving a non-governmental organisation swindling money again brings down the pace of the film.
It starts regaining the lost pace with more significant developments. By the time the first half ends, the story has you paying attention. In fact, Santhosh ends the first half with a flourish, raising a very interesting question that piques your curiosity. The second half is full of twists and turns and keeps you fairly engaged.
The film has some laudable performances. Prabhu Deva has to be given credit for the phenomenal effort he’s made to play a one-legged character. Playing a one-legged person means shifting your entire body weight onto just one leg. Standing on one leg for a considerable period of time by itself can be a challenge. But Prabhu Deva seems to have not just stood but danced and fought on one leg, an incredibly demanding effort. For pulling off this challenge in a magnificent fashion, Prabhu Deva wins brownie points.
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar’s performance as always is impressive. In fact, she seems to have worked on her dialogue delivery as well. While in the past, she is known to have rattled off her lines, she speaks at a reasonably decent pace in this film, adding so much more value to her performance.
John Kokken as Varalaxmi’s husband and comedian Jegan deliver neat performances. Actors Shaam and Raiza Wilson don’t have much to do in the film. Baby Aazhiya, who plays Prabhu Deva’s daughter in the film, is adorable.
D Imman’s background score is just about okay. The film has a couple of peppy songs that seem to have thrilled the masses.
Despite a good story and an interesting manner of narration, the film leaves you feeling bored occasionally. This boredom could have been avoided had the editor of the film been ruthless in her job.
Santhosh Jayakumar’s ‘Poikkal Kuthirai’ is a mixed bag. In other words, it is a film that works in parts.
The song is pivotal to Shiva’s character development in the film and does absolute justice to the concept of ‘Love, Light and Fire’…reports Asian Lite News
After receiving huge traction on social media and positive response to the ‘Kesariya’ song, the makers of the mythological-fantasy film ‘Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva’, released the second song from the album on Monday.
Titled ‘Deva Deva’, the song exudes spirituality and a distinctly upbeat rhythm. It has been sung by Arijit Singh and Jonita Gandhi. The song encapsulates the magical moment in the film where Shiva, played by Ranbir, finds the power within.
Talking about his experience of the song, the Bollywood star shared: “I thoroughly enjoyed the song, and could relate to it on so many levels personally. Pritam Da, Arijit, Amitabh, and Ayan have put in a lot of effort to create this masterpiece. The song makes one feel spiritually powerful with a rare ease, and I hope everyone feels and enjoys it as much as I did.”
The lyrics of the song have a unique blend of love and devotion as Shiva, the protagonist discovers his abilities of fire. The song is pivotal to Shiva’s character development in the film and does absolute justice to the concept of ‘Love, Light and Fire’.
Sharing his experience of recording the song, playback singer Arijit said in a statement: “It has been an absolute pleasure to voice ‘Deva Deva’. The song emanates an impeccable, positive energy that will certainly resonate with everyone. I’m really excited about it. I hope the audience enjoys it to the fullest.”
The song has been composed by Pritam Chakraborty with lyrics penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The two powerhouse artistes have collaborated earlier at a number of occasions and have delivered steady hits; case in point, ‘Dangal’, ‘Kalank’ and ‘Jagga Jasoos’.
Sharing his experience on composing the track, Pritam said: “‘Brahmastra’s’ album has made me think aloud in terms of bringing in spiritual elements within a song. With ‘Deva Deva’, we have modernised the music, while keeping classical and devotional elements prominently. This spiritual song gives an otherworldly experience, and it was honestly enlightening to create it. I hope it’s a treat for everyone.”
The song is available to stream on YouTube and across all audio streaming platforms.
Produced by Star Studios, Dharma Productions, Prime Focus and Starlight Pictures, ‘Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva’ will release theatrically on September 9 in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
The film, which features Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles, is scheduled to hit the screens on August 11…writes K R Manigandan
Aamir Khan on Sunday said Atul Kulkarni’s brilliant adaptation of the classic Hollywood film “Forrest Gump” was what had inspired him to make “Laal Singh Chaddha”.
Aamir told : “Around 14 years ago, Atul Kulkarni, who is the writer of the adaptation, and I were talking one night. He asked me, ‘What is your favourite film?’, and I said ‘Forrest Gump’ is one of them. I named a few more also. But somehow, we got talking about this film and then the night got over. He went home and I forgot about it.
“Two weeks later, he called me up and said, I have written a screenplay for you. So, I said, ‘But you don’t write’. He replied, ‘Yeah. But I have tried to write and I have written it.’ I asked: ‘In two weeks?’ And he said, ‘Yes’. He said, ‘I have written an adaptation of ‘Forest Gump’.’
“At first, I started laughing. ‘Forrest Gump’ is such a classic you don’t want to even attempt a remake. Plus he’s done it in only two weeks. And this is the first script he has written.
“So, I didn’t take it very seriously. It was my folly actually that I didn’t take it seriously. I didn’t hear it until two years (had passed). The day I heard Atul’s narration, I just fell in love with it.”
“I found it so beautifully done. How can something like ‘Forrest Gump’, which is so deeply rooted in American culture be made in any other culture?, I could not understand. But Atul showed me how. It was Atul’s adaptation that made me do it,” Aamir added.
The film, which features Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles, is scheduled to hit the screens on August 11.
‘A film which stirs you from deep within’
Calling director Advait Chandan’s upcoming film, ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, featuring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor in the lead, as a breath of fresh air, actor Nagarjuna on Sunday said that it was wonderful to watch his son Naga Chaitanya grow as an actor.
Taking to Twitter, Nagarjuna said: “Had the privilege of watching Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’. A breath of fresh air!
“A film which goes more than surface deep. A film which stirs you from deep within!! Makes you smile, cry, laugh and ponder!! It comes with a simple message saying love and innocence conquers all!!
“Was wonderful to watch Naga Chaitanya grow as an actor. Director Advait Chandan, writer Atul Kulkarni and team, you just lift our spirits up!!”
The film, which is the remake of the Hollywood classic ‘Forrest Gump’, marks the Bollywood debut of Naga Chaitanya. Adapted by actor Atul Kulkarni, the film is scheduled to hit screens on August 11.
The music industry is expected to reach Rs. 23 billion (USD 330 million) by 2023, from Rs 15 billion (USD 210 million) in 2020 at a CAGR of 15 per cent between 2020 and 2023…reports Asian Lite News
India is home to one of the largest and most vibrant film industries in the world. The country is famous globally for its movies and songs. Citizens of several nations, irrespective of the relations between India and their country, recognise India for its films. Such is the prominence of tinsel town internationally!
Bollywood or the Hindi film industry occupies a pivotal position. However, some regional movies including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Punjabi films among others have also made it big abroad. India has 22 official languages and more than 19,500 dialects are spoken here as mother tongues. Hence, there are numerous varieties of films from different languages.
The Indian film industry generates nearly USD 2 billion a year. According to Britannica, Bollywood, Hindi-language sector of the Indian film industry began in Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1930s and developed into an enormous film empire.
After early Indian experiments with silent films, in 1934, Bombay Talkies, launched by Himansu Rai, spearheaded the growth of Indian cinema. At the turn of the 21st Century, the Indian film industry – of which Bollywood remained the largest component – was producing as many as 1,000 feature films annually in all of India’s major languages and in a variety of cities. International audiences began to develop among south Asians in the United Kingdom and in the United States.
The Indian Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry is a sunrise sector for the economy and is making significant strides. Proving its resilience to the world, Indian M&E industry is on the cusp of a strong phase of growth, backed by rising consumer demand and improving advertising revenue. According to a FICCI-EY report, the advertising to GDP ratio is expected to reach 0.4 per cent by 2025 from 0.38 per cent in 2019.
According to a BCG report, India’s M&E industry is expected to grow between USD 55-70 billion by 2030. India’s digital advertising industry is expected to grow to Rs 23,673 crore (USD 3.09 billion) in 2022 from Rs 18,938 crore (USD 2.47 billion) in 2021.
Television would account for 40 per cent of the Indian media market in 2024, followed by print media (13 per cent), digital advertising (12 per cent), cinema (9 per cent), and the over-the-top (OTT) and gaming industries (8 per cent). The market is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17 per cent between 2020 and 2023.
According to India Brand Equity Foundation, within the M&E sector, animation, visual effects, gaming and comic (AVGC) sector is growing at a rate of 29 per cent, while the audio-visual sector and services is rising at the rate 25 per cent; is recognised as of one of the champion sectors by the Government of India. The AVGC sector is estimated to grow at 9 per cent to reach Rs. 3 lakh crore (USD 43.93 billion) by 2024, as stated by Piyush Goyal, India’s Minister of commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs & Food & Public Distribution and Textiles.
The music industry is expected to reach Rs. 23 billion (USD 330 million) by 2023, from Rs 15 billion (USD 210 million) in 2020 at a CAGR of 15 per cent between 2020 and 2023.
Several Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan are household names in various countries. Numerous Bollywood movies are also shot abroad, which has made the industry along with its stars popular globally.
Salman Khan Katrina Kaif-starrer spy-thriller ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ was shot in Istanbul and near the border with Syria and Iraq. Several more Bollywood movies were shot aboard and many in Middle East, including United Arab Emirates. Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif-starrer political thriller Phantom was shot in in Lebanon, including downtown Beirut, the nearby area of Khandaq Al Ghameeq and the mountain town of Kfardebian.
A spy-thriller ‘Baby’ starring Akshay Kumar was shot in multiple locations in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the UAE. Akshay Kumar-starrer war thriller ‘Airlift’ was reportedly partially shot in Al-Hamra Palace Beach Resort in Ras Al Khaimah.
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-starrer Guru’s famous song ‘Mayya Mayya’ was picturised in Istanbul’s Nuruosmaniye Mosque.
A lot many Bengali and South Indian movies are shot in Thailand, Singapore and US among other destinations.
Indian movies are filmed across the world and several are shot in across European locations like the UK, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Spain, Greece and Amsterdam. Also, southeast Asian countries are another favourite destination for shooting. Some movies are also filmed in Australia.
Apart from Bollywood, at present, South Indian movies are topping the chart. In the recent 68th National Films Awards in the country, movies from south swept the award ceremony.
The jury had received around 305 movies from 30 languages. The films from the southern region of the country dominated the National Film Awards. As many as 19 top awards across various sections went to south Indian films. During last year’s ceremony, south Indian films won as many as 15 awards in various categories.
Some very famous south Indian movies of recent times which made it big in domestic market as well as abroad are ‘Bahubali’ and ‘RRR’.
Apart from the over-arching Bollywood all the other regional film industries also have a distinctive name. Bengali film industry in West Bengal and Telugu film industry in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are both called Tollywood. Similarly, Malayalam film industry in Kerala is known as Mollywood, film industry in Karnataka as Sandalwood, Assamese language film industry as Jollywood, Tamil film industry is called Kollywood and film industry in Odisha as Ollywood.
The future of Indian cinema will remain entwined with OTT platforms.
According to a Deloitte study, 83 per cent of India watches video content on their mobile phones. This still makes the cinema experience a unique one.
The story lines of Indian cinemas are undergoing a change. From love stories and family issue-based content, it is now moving towards other social issue-based stories and this trend is more perceptible in regional movies.
Actors Gopal Hegde for ‘Pedro’, Rajkummar Rao for ‘Badhaai Do’, Ranveer Singh ’83’, Suriya, Tovino Thomas, Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek have been named in the Best Actor category…reports Asian Lite News
In the 13th edition of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), films such as ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, ‘Badhaai Do’, ‘Jai Bhim’, ’83’ and ‘Minnal Murali’ and many others have been nominated in the Best Film category.
This year’s big nominees include the starring leads and filmmakers / producers of films like ‘Jai Bhim’, ‘The Rapist’, ‘Gangubai Kathiwadi’, ’83’, ‘Badhaai Do’, ‘Sardar Udham’, among others.
Indie films nominations have acclaimed films including ‘Pedro’, ‘Once Upon a Time in Calcutta’, ‘Fair Folk’ amongst others, while ‘Urf’, ‘Ayena’, ‘Ladies Only’ are some of the Best Docu nominees.
Winners of Best Film, Best Indie Film and Best Documentary each win state of the art cameras from Black Magic Design apart from the award.
Another key highlight is that the Best Film winner automatically gets a nomination nod under the Best Asian Film category at the annual prestigious AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards).
This year too those awards will be included with Best Series, Best Actor in a Series and Best Actress in a Series. In these categories, ‘Mumbai Diaries’, ‘Aranyak’, ‘Mai’ and ‘Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein’ are leading the nominations.
Actors Gopal Hegde for ‘Pedro’, Rajkummar Rao for ‘Badhaai Do’, Ranveer Singh ’83’, Suriya, Tovino Thomas, Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek have been named in the Best Actor category.
While in the Best Actor (Female) section, names like Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Bhumi Pedenkar, Kokona Sen Sharma, Lijomol Jose, Shefali Shah, Sreelekha Mitra and Vidya Balan are nominated.
Pakistani film ‘Joyland’, ‘Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom’ from Bhutan, Bangladesh movies such ‘No Man’s Land’ and Rehana Maryam Noor; and Sri Lankan film ‘The Newspaper’ have made it to the Best Film From Subcontinent.
The festival, which is presented by the Victorian Government, is an annual festival that takes place in Melbourne, Australia, and showcases the best of films from India and the subcontinent. This year the festival starts August 12-20. The Awards night is all set to take place on August 14.