SBS language | ‘Double the fun’: Melbourne’s Indian Film Festival to screen both in cinemas and online this year

An international showcase of films, dramas and documentaries, the Indian Film Festival Melbourne (IFFM) celebrates contemporary, bold and thought-provoking cinema in its 13th edition as it attempts to encapsulate the best of cinema from the Indian subcontinent.

At an event held at the Indian Consulate in Melbourne on July 19, festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange unveiled the IFFM programme.

Ms Lange defined festivals as “double the fun”.

“After a two-year hiatus in person due to the COVID-induced closures in Melbourne, the films will be shown in theaters from August 12 and on digital platforms from August 13.

IFFM Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange launches program details at the Indian Consulate in Melbourne.

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“We are absolutely delighted to bring the Melbourne Indian Film Festival back to the big screen this year alongside digital, ensuring that people across Australia can access the festival,” she told SBS Punjabi.

Adh Chanani Raat (Crescent Night)

One of the highlights of the festival includes the famous Punjabi film, Adh Chanani Raat (Crescent night), directed by Gurvinder Singh. The film draws on Punjabi literature to complete a trilogy that captures the socio-political and economic life of Punjab.

The film was also screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI).


Punjabi film based on Gurdial Singh’s novel ‘Adh Chanani Raat’.


Laal Singh Chaddha, Jai Bhim and the acclaimed Pakistani film Joyland are among the big films screened at the Melbourne Indian Film Festival.

Bollywood movie stars traveling to Melbourne to attend the festival include Abhishek Bachchan, Samantha Prabhu, Taapsee Pannu, Vaani Kapoor, Tamannaah Bhatia, Shefali Shah, Cricketer Kapil Dev, Director Kabir Khan, Shoojit Sircar, Karan Johar , Nikhil Advani and more.

Anmol Chhabra from the Village Entertainment, Culture and Communities department, Ted Baillieu (former Premier of Victoria) and Mannie Verma, a renowned lawyer from Melbourne, shared their views on the diverse content of India’s biggest annual celebration of Indian cinema. the southern hemisphere.

To hear their point of view, click on the “speaker” button on the top photo.

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