The Indian film industry's ties with Victorian capital are bound to grow even stronger with the opening of the international photographic exhibition 'Bollywood Dreams' in Melbourne.
The six-month long exhibition, which opened on Wednesday, showcases various facets of filmmaking in India by celebrated New York-based Israeli photographer Jonathan Torgovnik whose work is on display in Immigration Museum with 44 photographs.
The exhibition will see super stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. The New York lensman has tried to capture "behind the camera" scenes.
The elegantly framed photographs of the reigning Indian demigods rub shoulders with moustached village talkies owner.
"Torgovnikâ" series on village tent shows is attracting visitors. It is generating special interest as it highlights the antiquated apparatus and the sweaty enthusiasm of the audience.
The America-based photographer has not only focused on people behind the projector who make films throughout India but has also gone behind the curtain to document the making of Bollywood films.
Jonathan Torgovnik, who was an Israeli soldier before taking up camera, has clicked photographs portraying the Indian experience of going to the movies.
The international celluloid observers based in Australia are seeing "Bollywood Dreams" exhibition as another sign of Indian film industry expanding beyond South Asian borders.
Museum manager Padmini Sebastian has been quoted by the local media as saying that "Bollywood Dreams" is partly an attempt by the museum to reach out to the 35,000 Indian diaspora estimated to be living in Melbourne.
"Bollywood is becoming bigger all the time," she said. "Budgets are growing and Melbourne is already a popular location for filming", the Immigration Museaum official told The Age newspaper.
A folio book including all the 44 Torovnik photographs included in the Melbourne exhibition will be on sale during the "Bollywood Dreams" showing at the Immigration Museum.