With ‘Sholay 3D’ as its opening selection, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) was launched here today by Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan in the presence of Victorian minister for Tourism and major events Louise Asher and the festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange.
Announcing the launch of the 11-day long festival at a jam packed press briefing, Amitabh Bachchan said, “I am delighted that Melbourne is hosting this festival. I am very honoured.”
The 71-year-old actor thanked the Victorian government for conferring him with an International Screen Icon Award which would be formally given tomorrow at a gala event. cheap fifa 15 coins
“Indeed I am honoured that they have decided to give me this award. I just feel that I am least accomplished to receive such a recognition but this is your kindness, affection and grace,” Amitabh Bachchan said. marketo certified consultant
He said cinema was a great medium, which transcends beyond colour, caste or religion.
“We enjoy the same product, laugh at the same jokes and sing the same songs. We enjoy the same emotions,” he said, adding that there were very few institutions left in the world that are able bring such integration.
“It is wonderful to see that Australian government has decided to use this medium in bringing the two cultures, communities together and building strong bonds of friendship. Not just in the field of commerce but in our culture, in our exchange of students and personalities,” Amitabh Bachchan said.
Amitabh Bachchan also revealed that he was visiting Melbourne city for the first time but assured that it was surely not the last one.
Louise Asher also extended her thanks to the Bollywood Icon for his visit as the guest of honour of the state.
“We are honoured to have you as a guest of honour. He is the undisputed patriarch of Indian cinema. He was once described as one man industry and is adored as you can see by billions of fans worldwide,” she said. levitra
The star studded festival will be showcasing over 40 films, including two from Pakistan till May 11.
The festival, said to be the southern hemisphere’s greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema, has also incepted the inaugural awards to honour films in five categories – Best Film, Best Performance, Best Director, Best Independent Film and the People’s Choice Award.
The 3D version of Amitabh Bachchan’s 1975 hit ‘Sholay’ will open the 11-day-long Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM).
Amitabh Bachchan, 71, who would receive the screen icon award for his contribution to the world of cinema at the festival, is likely to attend the screening of the opening film too. imobiliare bucuresti
The tickets of ‘Sholay 3D’ were sold out within 48 hours of going on sale. The festival, starting from Wednesday (April 30), is packed with gala opening and closing events with some big Bollywood names like Amitabh Bachchan, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Malaika Arora, Kangana Ranaut and Konkana Sen Sharma likely to attend.
Showcasing over 40 movies at four venues, director of the festival Mitu Bhowmick Lange has described the festival as the southern hemisphere’s greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema.
Lange this year announced that the inaugural IFFM Awards which have been incepted to honour films in five categories – Best Film, Best Performance, Best Director, Best Independent Film and the People’s Choice Award. “This will be the first Indian cinema awards of its kind in Australia,” Lange said.