The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is a celebration of Indian cinema and this year it is happening from August 10th – 22nd 2018, under the unifying theme of inclusion.
This year, the festival will have director Rajkumar Hirani as one of the key guests who will celebrate Indian Cinema along with the diaspora at IFFM. The director has been riding on a huge success wave after their film Sanju has gone on to become the highest grosser of 2018 and the festival and the director have come together to champion this year’s theme. Inclusion is a very integral part of both their cinematic careers. Rajkumar Hirani who has made films like Munna Bhai MBBS, PK, 3 idiots, all the films that have spoken about inclusion in their own right.
About the unique theme, Rajkumar said in a statement, “I’m looking forward to the festival this year especially since the festival is championing the theme of inclusion in cinema. Also happy that the IFFM jury has nominated our film Sanju in various categories. Look forward to being in Melbourne ” Sanju has been nominated for best film, director, actor and supporting performance at the IFFM Awards.
Rajkumar Hirani will also be screening the film Sanju for the students of the LaTrobe University. Australia’s 3rd best university, where a huge mix of kids from all races and countries study will be introduced to the film, talk about Sanjay Dutt and show them a very different sort of biopic. For many, this will be their first Bollywood film ever.
On talking about the screening he said, “It’s always an enriching experience when people of different diaspora watch our films. I look forward to the special screening of Sanju for the students at La Trobe. It would be an interesting experience to see the reactions of those who are almost alien to Hindi films and the life of Sanjay Dutt.”
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne promises to offer cinematic marvels celebrating the theme of Inclusion with an array of screenings, competitions, panel discussions and other activities planned for the Australian audience.