Vidya Balan’s Natkhat and Marathi film Habbadi to open the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2020: Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama


After being locked in our home for seven months, the lack of closeness and enthusiasm in film festivals around the world has inevitably been lost. The frenzy seems to have been compromised by the red carpets being rolled up and the ticket counter closed. But the magic of movies is on its feet and the joy of a good movie will remain just as pure on the home screen. Fortunately for movie lovers, a special treatment is awaited in the month of October. The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is held every year in August and has been running for the last 10 years.

Vidya Balan's Natkhat and Marathi film Habbadi to open Melbourne 2020 Indian Film Festival

Although festival director Mitu Bhowmik Lange had expected a narrow schedule at the original venue, the festival will now actually be held between 2nd and October0, considering the risk of an epidemic. Films from the festival will be streamed for free. Official website of the festival for films living in the country.

All the popular sections of the festival, Hooray Bollywood, Beyond Bollywood, Film India World, Documentaries and Shorts are expected to appear in the schedule. What is special is that this year a record was set in the short film section of this festival.

This is the end of their new asset, the IFFM Film Club which started in June and hosted some of India’s biggest filmmakers including Shujit Sirkar, Anurag Kashyap, Aparna Sen, Vidya Balan, the festival will sustain the short film competition (which will transform into a virtual competition). The much-awaited award celebration scheme is being re-introduced to fit into post-epidemic rules. The general section and beyond, the festival continues to host virtual masterclasses that will be open to festival-goers for registration and will use 100 introductory birds for discussion. Masterclass is a fortnightly property that hosts sessions with well-known filmmakers and actors.

One of the highlights of the festival this year is the landmark agreement with the Mental Health Foundation. As the world (epidemic) fought valiantly all over the country (or across the continent), the importance of mental health is being emphasized all over the world. It is one of the most popular crises in the world. Festival sponsors can donate to the MHF, and this year all proceeds from the festival will go to the Foundation.

The Virtual Festival kicks off with Vidya Balan starrer Naughty and also an actress debut. The film is a story of a mother teaching her young child about gender equality and calling for toxic corruption. Natkhat premiered on YouTube as part of “We Are One: A Global Film Festival” and will now be shown on IFFM. The film will premiere in a double bonanza package with the Marathi film Habbadi, which tells the story of a young boy who is interrupted in speech. , True to IFFM’s core value of celebrating diversity through cinema.

The film manages to capture the essence of the multi-layered theme of dismantling the toxic patriarchal setup. The choice of film is honestly telling about the festival’s social impact. This year, as every year, more than 60 films in 17 languages ​​will be screened at the festival.

Lange said in a statement: “World time is an extraordinary time and now cinema is a symbol of people’s support and peace in the dark ages. IFFM is firmly in our soul for the entertainment of movies from all over the world. And hopefully we’ll get better. ”

The Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Foundation (in a statement) said, “We are proud to be associated with IFFM this year. The festival’s emotional investment in choosing a topic that is mostly on the side of mental health and putting it at the center of the festival is very promising.” They are actively paving the way, and there has been a lot of talk about how things will change for the better in the near future. “

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