The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne kickstarted their 10th-year celebrations with a grand opening press conference that took place on August 8 in Melbourne. A few Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor and Tabu graced at the event and the excitement in the air was palpable. During the film fest, filmmaker Karan Johar hoisted the National flag in Melbourne, a few days prior to India's Independence Day.
The Indian Flag was hoisted like every year and the honour was given to Karan Johar Johar. Dressed in a pristine white Kurta by designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil with a golden broch for the occasion, the 47-year-old filmmaker sang the National anthem along with the attendees, after hoisting the Tricolour at the Federation Square. KJo high on patriotism even chantedJai Hind and Vande Mataram. See the pictures below:
During the press con, Karan said, “It’s not the films but the people behind the festival who make it what it is. When I see this fantastic panel and we say the theme is courage, I say the panel is reflective of the glorious courage of our films and changing the face of Indian cinema."
"It represents three feature films that have changed the way we look at Indian cinema and how it has travelled across the globe and will continue to do so. There is Super Deluxe, Andhadhun and Gully Boy. All of these have appealed not only to the diaspora but to international audiences across the globe, making Indian cinema so proud. And what to say about Shah Rukh Khan, he fully represents superstardom," further added.
Also in attendance were Zoya Akhtar, Rima Das, Arjun Kapoor, Tabu and filmmaker Sriram Raghavan who are screening last year’s biggest hit Andhadhun.
Image source: Instagram/ Karan Johar
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