Stars, movies, Q&As, masterclasses and more…

Melbourne: Karan Johar will be among the bevy of Bollywood stars that will throng Melbourne once again this August at the much awaited Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2017. Running from August 10 to 22th, the festival will be packed with Bollywood blockbusters, powerful Indie films and documentaries from India and the subcontinent, master classes and Q&As.
Announcing the launch of the festival here on July 8, festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange said, “This time IFFM will present films that explore diversity and the endless potential of humanity. These films were curated to entertain, inspire, enrage, engage and challenge viewers. We look forward to welcoming a fantastic lineup of guests and welcoming audiences to our screenings and special events.”
Look out for the best films in this year’s edition on the festival website noted below. Opening on Aug 10 is “Lipstick Under My Burkha,” an acclaimed drama exploring social taboos and personal struggles of four Indian women from diverse backgrounds.
IFFM has always been a place to discover much of the year’s best in cinema from India and the subcontinent. And with Diversity as the festival’s theme this year, there will be an array of films to watch, movies that have strayed farther than before from the commercial mainstream but those that are worth viewing. In all 60 films including features films of over 20 different languages from India and the subcontinent will be screened.
This year the festival will be more wider and awesome, says Lange, stressing on the expansion of venues. Films will be screened not only at Hoyts Melbourne Central, High Point, but also at Hoyts Chandstone, Hoyts Broad Meadows and Hoyts Forest Hill.
The star studded Westpac Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards (IFFM Awards), will take place on Friday 11 August at Melbourne’s Recital Centre.
IFFM’s opening week coincides with the 70th Indian Independence Day celebrations and the festival will commemorate the event through ceremony, dance and the recognition of excellence in India’s film culture. Celebrations will include the raising of the Indian flag on Saturday 12 August at Federation Square, followed by the Telstra Bollywood Dance competition.
Not to be missed are the highlights of this year’s festival – a series of In Conversation and Masterclass events with Festival Guests at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge as well as Q&As at a number of the screening venues.
For detailed programs go to: