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Bollywood stars officially start Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Bollywood Film stars such as Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Shefali Shah, Vaani Kapoor, and Tamannaah Bhatia among many others, sagged off the event of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne in its physical condition in Australia with its 13th edition.
Other personalities who were also a part of this event were singer Sona Mohapatra. Filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap, Kabir Khan, Aparna Sen, Nikkhil Advani, Shoojit Sircar, and former cricketer and ex-captain of India Kapil Dev.

The festival, which started on Friday (August 12), will end on August 20.

Tell more about this occasion, Abhishek Bachchan, who is “absolutely loving” enjoying his days in Melbourne. He is excited to watch the screening of his ‘Manmarziyaan’ co-star Taapsee Pannu’s upcoming film ‘Dobaaraa’. He said, “I’m looking forward to watching ‘Dobaaraa’. My almost entire family has represented India here and I’m very proud of it. I’m looking forward to being part of all the celebrations. I thank the government and Mitu for having me here. It feels great to be given the Leadership in Cinema award”.

The actors took to the stage in presence of a special audience to announce this year’s program plan with ‘Dobaaraa’ being the opening night movie. Other events lined up other than the screening of over 120 films are the Independence Day Celebrations of India. And an array of panel discussions amongst other specially curated events.

When asked about the debate between South and Hindi films at the festival, actress Tamannaah Bhatia said, “I think this conversation is unique to India. Whenever I travel abroad I never hear people distinguish, they simply call it Indian cinema. And such is the case even here at IFFM.” She feels that the audience of the world wants to see pan India films as more of such movies are being made and respected by all.

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