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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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IFFM brings diverse, inclusive Indian cinema to Australia.

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.

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.

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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Indian Diaspora Celebrates India’s Independence Day in Poland

India as a soft-power has emerged in a big way in the length and breadth of Poland.

Indian community celebrates Independence Day in Poland. Flickr
Indian community celebrates Independence Day in Poland. Flickr

The Indian community-based in the Polish capital celebrated the 72nd Independence Day on Wednesday with great patriotic fervour.

Hundreds of Indians along with their Polish friends assembled in the Indian Embassy early morning and were greeted by newly-appointed Indian Ambassador Tsewang Namgyal.

Namgyal unfurled the tricolour and joined the people there when the national anthem was played at the venue. He then read a message by President Ram Nath Kovind delivered on the eve of Independence Day.

Addressing the Indian community in Poland, Namgyal said: “You are an important bridge between the two important nations. Your hard work and your commitment speaks (for) itself.”

Indian restaurant
Indian restaurant. Pixabay

Kirti Gahlwat, a yoga teacher sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), displayed her talent and mesmerized the audience with her remarkable asanas.

She was followed by Kathak dancer Jigna Dixit, who was also sponsored by the ICCR to promote the dance form in Poland. Dixit was joined by several Polish students.

In the afternoon, the Indian community in Warsaw organised an event displaying Indian cuisine, spices and handicraft items. At the same time, Polish girls performed on Bollywood songs and also showcased Bharat Natyam and Kathak dance forms.

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“India as a soft-power has emerged in a big way in the length and breadth of Poland. There are more than 100 Indian restaurants in Warsaw alone. One can find an Indian restaurant practically on every important street in Warsaw,” said J.J. Singh, President of the Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“There are more than 300 yoga centres and there are five Polish groups which organise Indian music and dance programmes regularly,” he added. (IANS)