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Lipstick Under My Burkha

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will appear as a special guest at Indian Film Festival in Melbourne

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne celebrates India’s 70th anniversary of Independence by showcasing more than 60 films and welcoming one of the country’s most famous actors to participate in the event.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who was crowned Miss World in 1994 and went on to have a very successful film career, will hoist the Indian Flag at a celebration at Federation Square on the August 12, as well as walking the red carpet on the festival’s opening night.

The Indian Film Festival theme this year is ‘diversity’, with films ranging from Bollywood blockbusters to documentaries. The festival will open with Lipstick Under My Burkha, a drama centered around four women from different backgrounds who hope to find freedom from their daily life through acts of rebellion.

The festival will host the world premiere of documentary Tramjatra, the story of Australian former tram conductor Roberto D’Andrea and his attempt to save the trams and their history in Kolkata. The film’s director, Mahadeb Shi, and D’Andrea will both attend to present the film.

For its Australian premiere, the festival will screen Hotel Salvation, the story of a father and son journeying to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India, forcing them to reconnect with each other. Lead actor Adil Hussain will also be in attendance for a Q&A at the conclusion of the film.

The festival will close with Shab, which explores the lives of waitress Raina and aspiring model Afzar, both in pursuit of their dreams in Delhi.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be joined by a host of other Indian filmmakers and stars as guests in Melbourne. More than 60 movies in 20 languages will screen during the festival, and once again there the Westpac Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards will be held, awarding winners in the categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Film, and Best Indie Film.   

Screenings take place at Hoyts Melbourne Central, Highpoint, Chadstone, Broadmeadows, and Forest Hill, as well as Federation Square and the Melbourne Recital Centre.

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