The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has begun, and it kickstarted with an opening press conference. Mitu Bhowmick Lange, director of the festival introduced all the actors present at the press conference. They were Rani Mukerji, Freida Pinto, Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, Rajkumar Hirani, Vicky Kaushal, writer Abhijaat Joshi, Mrunal Thakur.
Rani Mukerji spoke about being the guest of honour and what attending the festival means to her, “I’m really happy to be here representing my country, my film and my fraternity. A big Thank you to the Victorian government for supporting the Indian film fraternity The Indian film fraternity is so diverse, So many languages and cultures so it’s great to see films from various cultures under one roof. I thank Mitu for inviting me. And this trip is special because I have come here with my daughter. It’s the first time she’s seeing Melbourne.”
Freida Pinto who has done some good work internationally not just in Film and music but also with her humanitarian efforts spoke about her upcoming film Love Sonia. She said, “Love Sonia gives you a glimpse into the world of sex trafficking. Also, we didn’t want to make a gratuitous film. At the end of the day, we want people to understand the sense of what really happens in this part of the world and how much of it is kept away from us. So as an artist it’s great to get an opportunity to be part of such a film that can raise a global conversation and leave the audiences with something to ponder on”.
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will go on from the 10th of August to the 22nd August in Melbourne, Australia. The festival will screen over 60 films from all across India and the subcontinent in over 22 languages.