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Rani Mukerji, Vicky Kaushal and more celebs kick off Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. See pics

Rani Mukerji joined Vicky Kaushal, Frieda Pinto, Rajkumar Hirani, Richa Chadha and more at the launch of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

bollywood Updated: Aug 10, 2018 13:38 IST
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Rani Mukerji,Vicky Kaushal,Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
Rani Mukerji at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) in Melbourne on Aug 10, 2018.(Photo: IANS)(IANS)

The largest film festival in the Southern Hemisphere, Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, has officially begun and will present prominent line-ups from the Industry.

This year the event will feature a number of celebrities from B-Town like Rani Mukerji, Rajkumar Hirani, Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, Malaika Arora, Mrunal Thakur, and Vicky Kaushal among others, who also attended the opening press conference this morning.

Rani Mukerji’s Hichki will be premiered at the festival. The star spoke about being the guest of honour and what coming to 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. It is so great to see films from various cultures under one roof,” she said.

Indian actress Mrunal Thakur (L) and film director Tabrez Noorani (R) answer questions during a press conference on the opening day of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. ( AFP )

The 40-year-old actress also thanked the director of the festival, Mitu Bhowmick Lange for the special trip.

“This trip is special because I have come here with my daughter, Adira. It’s the first time she will be seeing Melbourne,” she added.

Indian film director Tabrez Noorani (L) answers questions with Bollywood and Hollywood actor Freida Pinto (R) during a press conference. ( AFP )
Director Rajkumar Hirani at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) in Melbourne on Aug 10, 2018. ( IANS )
Actors Ali Fazal, Vicky Kaushal and Rani Mukerji at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) in Melbourne on Aug 10. ( IANS )

Actor Freida Pinto was also in attendance, talking about the premiere of her next film ‘Love Sonia’ she said, “Love Sonia gives you a glimpse into the world of oval sex trafficking. But it still doesn’t show the entire world of it. 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.”

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will be held from August 10 to August 22 in Melbourne, Australia. It will screen over 60 films from all across India and the subcontinent in over 22 languages.

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First Published: Aug 10, 2018 13:37 IST