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Composers Sachin-Jigar will perform the opening act at the awards night of the fest -- where "Padmaavat" and "Sanju" are leading the nomination pack -- on August 12. They are excited as it's the first time they will perform in Australia.

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Diversity and inclusion, which have taken centrestage in talks surrounding the global entertainment industry, are being represented prominently in the line-up of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2018, which gets underway here on Friday.

With Tabrez Noorani’s “Love Sonia” — on the issue of sex trafficking — as the opening film, the ninth edition of the gala will also screen the box office hit “Sanju”, the issue-based and sensitive “Hichki”, as well as widely acclaimed films like “Village Rockstars”, “Nude”, “Balekempa” and “Gali Guleiyan”.

Australia is a key foreign market for Indian cinema, given that Indiansmake one of the largest migrant community in the country.

Even the non-diaspora population is taking a growing interest in what Indian movies have to offer, says IFFM Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange.

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One of the movies that will be featured is, Rani Mukherjee’s ‘Hichki’. Flickr

Inclusion is the theme of the film festival, where a cohesive mix of commercial Hindi films, regional movies and indie dramas will be screened till August 22 here.

Lange told IANS: “Inclusion is an all-encompassing, wonderful theme which touches upon all — disabled, gender, sexuality or race. There has been a lot of positive awareness.

“I feel that probably our Indian entertainment industry is the most inclusive industry where your educational background, your caste, creed, race doesn’t really matter as long as you get the work done.”

Still, she feels the global showbiz world has a long way to go as far as being inclusive of the differently abled is concerned. As part of the fest, Rani Mukerji-starrer “Hichki” — a film about a woman with Tourette’s Syndrome — will be shown.

The actress will be feted by the Victorian Government, which has been supporting the festival since its third edition.

“The government has embraced the festival. It’s a very tight partnership and that’s the Victorian government’s way of engaging with India — of showing how important India is to Australia and to the Victorian government,” Lange said.

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Directed by Raj Kumar Hirani, will be present during the screening. Flickr

Government officials will also be present at the Federation Square here on August 11, when Rani will hoist the Indian flag ahead of the Independence Day.

Some of the other celebrities who will be a part of the fest include Rajkumar Hirani, Vicky Kaushal, Simi Garewal, Nikhhil Advani, Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, Dhanush, Manoj Bajpayee, Malaika Arora, Freida Pinto and Sachin-Jigar.

Advani is a jury member, and is visiting the fest for the third time.

“To see Indian films being celebrated and being recognised majorly in the land Down Under for me as a filmmaker is very rewarding,” Advani said.

For Vicky, it’s his maiden time in Melbourne and he is looking forward to interacting with cinema lovers here.

Composers Sachin-Jigar will perform the opening act at the awards night of the fest — where “Padmaavat” and “Sanju” are leading the nomination pack — on August 12. They are excited as it’s the first time they will perform in Australia.

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“We will be performing in two sets. The first will comprise our hit songs, and the second will be about patriotic numbers,” the composers behind the tunes of “Gold”, told IANS.

One day will be dedicated to panel discussions, while Simi will do a special tribute to late actor Shashi Kapoor, with whom she featured in the 1972 film “Siddhartha”. The film will be shown too. (IANS)

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For Delhi Commuters, Google Maps Now Show Auto-Rickshaw Routes

Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops

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Auto rikshaws in India. Pixbay

Commuters in the national capital can now view “auto-rickshaw” routes as well as fares on Google Maps app, tech giant Google Monday said.

“Starting today, commuters in Delhi will be able to see a new public transport mode in Google Maps — auto-rickshaws. By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride as well as the estimated auto-rickshaw fares,” Google said in a statement.

The new feature will reflect fares based on the official fare model shared by the Delhi Traffic Police, it said.

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The latest version of the application includes enhanced voice input.

This feature will be available in the Google Maps app on the Android devices.

The idea is to incorporate one of most commonly used modes of public transport in Google Maps and share transparent information about the price of journey, Google Maps Product Manager Vishal Dutta said.

“Currently, for an unfamiliar journey, commuters often overpay and don’t have an idea about the distance or best route,” he added.

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By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride.

Dutta said the feature will also help the users plan their journey better.

“…so they could look at the expected cost of the auto-rickshaw ride and decide whether they want to take it all the way, or perhaps take a different mode of transport instead — like a bus or the metro,” he explained.

Also Read: Google Not Going to Offer Controversial Face Recognition Technology

Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops worldwide, the statement said. (IANS)