Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2013

The Indian Film Festival 2013 has just 2 days to go! Get along if you can. It’s a special year for the festival, celebrating 100 years of the Indian Film Industry. Hosted at Hoyts Melbourne.

 

This post was meant to come 3 weeks ago when the festival launched on May 3rd. I was lucky enough to be there on opening night and see some of Bollywood’s biggest names.

See more about the night on the official website here: http://www.iffm.com.au/opening.html

 

The A List Bollywood stars but you can't see them well.

The A List Bollywood stars but you can’t see them well.

I was blessed to be working at this event as most people who follow this blog now know… I LOVE INDIA!! It was funny because as I spoke to the guests about my love of India, they asked why I was not wearing my Sari… I suggested it might not go with the polo t-shirt I had to wear for work on the evening.

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To my great surprise and delight, the Festival ambassador was the beautiful and Talented Vidya Balan. I saw her film Kahaani on my last visit to India and loved her in it. I’ve been dying to see her movie The Dirty Picture for which she won a number of awards, she is a beautiful and talented woman. She was great on the night- speaking very naturally and making jokes with the audience. There was also a great Q &A on the night with some of the big names of Bollywood- very exciting – Pamela Chopra, Simi Garewal, Prabhudeva, Girish Kumar, Farah Khan and Kabir Khan.

Vidya Balan, Farah Khan, Pamela Chopra - IFFM Website  Source: http://www.iffm.com.au/opening.html

Vidya Balan, Farah Khan, Pamela Chopra – IFFM Website
Source: http://www.iffm.com.au/opening.html

They played India’s first ever feature film, Raja Harishchandra. A very short film with all males in the roles, so males dressed up as queens and concubines. It was a great laugh and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s so impressive to see that this country has come so far in Film and made such a mark on the world.

Raja Harishchandra

Raja Harishchandra

I’ll be working again at the Closing and can’t wait to see what the night holds! Hoping to see another film. My list of Bollywood Films is growing by the minute!

I also worked at the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition which was a SUPER fun night in Federation square, Melbourne.

About Emma Lovell

My name is Emma and I'm a busy gal. Owner and Director of Lovelly Communications, I specialise in marketing and social media promotions. I also run a business called Lovelly Pet Sitters, we care for pets as if they are our own. Somehow, I also find plenty of time to travel! Blessed to run businesses that give me the freedom to follow my true passion, travel! I'm happiest when I'm having new experiences. Whether it's a new cafe down the road, a bucket list item like Everest Base Camp or seeing friends in another city, I truly love travelling! So please join me in my many adventures across my many sites. And please do contact me for information on any of the above! View all posts by Emma Lovell

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