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Abhishek Bachchan, Karan Johar and Kapil Dev will be at Melbourne Indian film fest

The programme for the IFFM was launched by festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange at an event held on July 19 at the Indian consulate in Melbourne

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The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) has unveiled the full line-up for its 13th edition, which will include screenings of over 100 films in 25 languages, a star-studded awards night, a dance competition, masterclasses and an Independence Day celebration at the iconic Federation Square.

The programme for the IFFM was launched by festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange at an event held on July 19 at the Indian consulate in Melbourne.

The 13th edition of IFFM will start on August 12 and 13 in cinemas virtually. The festival will officially open with the Hindi film ‘Dobaara’ directed by Anurag Kashyap who will be one of the IFFM guests along with actress Taapsee Pannu and film producer Sunit Khetrapal.

Other film stars who will attend the festival include Abhishekh Bachchan, Samantha Prabhu, Vaani Kapoor, Tamannaah, Shefali Shah, film director Kabir Khan, Shoojit Sircar, Suresh Treveni, Karan Johar and Nikhil Advani.

This year’s IFFM will screen films from the India and the Indian subcontinent in a range of genres, themes and voices and will have a strong female presence with over a third of the programme featuring films headlined by women

Mitu Lange said, “After the unprecedented challenges faced over the last few years, we are so excited to bring the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne back to the big screen, along with our digital platform, ensuring viewers around Australia can access the festival too.”

She also said, “This year we have a thought-provoking program of internationally acclaimed films that include a very special feature, ‘Ayena’ (Mirror), which also featured at the Budapest International Documentary Festival and looks at the aftermath of two very special acid attack survivors and their extraordinary spirit and friendship.”

This year’s IFFM will screen films from the India and the Indian subcontinent in a range of genres, themes and voices and will have a strong female presence with over a third of the programme featuring films headlined by women. Lange also pointed out: “We are especially delighted to have the winner of the jury prize from Cannes Film Festival, ‘Joyland’, in our programme.”

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Roma Ghosh
Roma Ghosh has recently retired as Associate Professor for Media Studies from an international university. She was with the Times of India as a correspondent for many years. Her passion is cooking and she has been doing recipes and photo shoots for Women's Era for the last 15-odd years.

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