Melbourne: A packed press conference and Shah Rukh Khan leading a star-studded presence marked the opening of the much-loved Indian Film Festival of Melbourne on Thursday. As Melbourne gears up for its 10-day annual film festival, this was just the tip of the iceberg.
Welcoming the guests, festival, director Mitu Bhowmick Lange said she was excited to present this array of 60 films over 21 venues in the coming days. “Our festival is committed to the diversity and inclusion and we welcome everyone to come and be a part of it,” said, adding, “Films are a great cultural bridge between countries and communities.”
Acknowledging the international guests, Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries, Victoria, made a special mention of chief guest Shah Rukh Khan who he said has “played a significant role in global and Indian films.” Foley said he looked forward to many other opportunities that Khan would make. IFFM is a celebration of films, community and Indian culture and shared global values, he said.
Khan, in his inimitable style, said he was a rising superstar when he last came to Melbourne in 2007 to shoot his film Chak De, “I come back here again still a rising superstar,” he said. Thanking Lange and Foley and everyone else, he said this festival is heartening and encouraging as it has brought Indian cinema to a global platform.
(for details and events visit www.iffm.com.au)