Indian Film Festival Melbourne film, which is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the commonwealth, is going to happen in Melbourne this year celebrating 100 years of Bollywood. Vidya Balan has been chosen as the brand ambassador for the second time in a row. The festival will happen from May 3rd to 15th.
The festival will start with the movie “Raja Harishchandra’ which was the first ever Bollywood movie released in 1913 and end with the premier of Australian movie ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)’.
Louise Asher, who is Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business in Australian state of Victoria, spoke to the media last night saying “The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is a wonderful demonstration of our growing cultural links and shows the creativity and innovation that Melbourne and Mumbai are both famous for.”
Vidya Balan, who is all excited after chosen as the bran ambassador for the second time, said “It gives me great pleasure to be the brand ambassador for the second time in a row. It has become like a sense of ownership now not just with the festival but also with the place. When anyone mentions Melbourne I feel like they are mentioning home.”
“I used to feel the same about Kolkata and it will always remain special to me. After Kolkata the other important place for me is Melbourne. The common thing between the two places is trams,” she added.
Legandary film maker Late Yash Chopra will be honored in the festival and his last movie ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ will be screened which starts Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.