The two films that I thoroughly enjoyed watching were Alia Bhatt starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi and 83 featuring Ranveer Singh. I think both the subjects were intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable. And now, these two movies among many others have made it to the prestigious Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne(IFFM). 

The best film category of this festival includes many films from the Indian diaspora. The vast list includes 83 / Hindi, Badhaai Do / Hindi, Gangubai Kathiawadi / Hindi, Jai Bhim / Tamil, Minnal Murali / Malayalam, Paka (River of Blood) / Malayalam, Sardar Udham / Hindi, The Rapist / English, Hindi. 

Other big films include Rajkummar Rao, Bhumi Pednekar starrer- Badhaai Do and Suriya’s Jai Bhim. I must say Badhaai Do, also turned out to be an interesting subject which got the topic of LGBT into mainstream Indian cinema. On the other hand, Jai Bhim was also a critically acclaimed film that received thunderous response from fans and critics.  

The festival which is presented by the Victorian Government takes place annually in Melbourne, Australia. It showcases the best films from India and its subcontinent. After conducting the festival virtually for two years, the organizers have planned to hold the physical screenings of the films. 

This year the festival will start from 12-20 August. Its special online version will also be available for the Australian audiences from 13-30 August. Interestingly the festival will feature 100 films from over 23 languages. I think it would be a great place for a cinema lover like me.

The IIFM also includes some of the renowned Australian film talents on the jury panel. This year’s jury includes Vince Colosimo, global award-winning film editor Jill Bilcock, multi award winning director Geoffrey Wright and multi award winning filmmaker Nadia Tass. 

The grand celebration of the awards night will be held on 14th August 2022. These awards will honor the formats of feature films and OTT series. This year’s nominations and content were released between August 2021-April 2022.