I was waiting for the list of winners at The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2022 (IFFM) for a long time. And finally today the names are out. The top honors in acting have been achieved by Ranveer Singh (83) and Shefali Shah (Jalsa). I believe it was tough for the members of the jury to choose winners from so many remarkable nomination across so many categories.

Check out the post shared by Shefali:

On winning the best actor award for 83, Ranveer says…

I thank the jury members at IFFM for bestowing me with the Best Actor of the year for my role as Kapil Dev in the film 83, one of the most loved films in my career. It’ll always be one of the most cherished films in my filmography. But more than the accolades it’s the process of making the film that I cherish the most. I am thankful to Kabir Sir for giving me this opportunity, for guiding me and for inspiring me. I share this honor with the cast and crew of 83 who are so dear to me, and with whom I share very warm bond and I dedicate this honor to Kapil’s Devil’s on whom this story is based a fine bunch of gentlemen who dared to dream and through their efforts and achievements showed us that we Indians can be the best in the world

On winning the Disruptor of the Cinema Award for Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, Vaani Kappor says…

It’s so special and kind of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and Mitu to recognize such a film and give so much dignity, respect and love and accept it and to have a great inclusion of Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui in a film festival. It feels so special and surreal.

Vaani Kapoor

The festival is being held in the iconic Palais theater in Australia. The eminent guests include Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Tamannaah Bhatia, Vaani Kapoor, Kabir Khan, Shefali Shah, Shoojit Sircar, Anurag Kashyap, Nikkhil Advani, Mohit Raina, Sona Mohapatra, Mini Mathur, Suresh Triveni, former cricketer and ex-captain of Indian cricket team, Kapil Dev, Vikram Malhotra, Shibashish Sarkar, Sunir Kheterpal amongst many others. The awards night was hosted by Rithvik Dhanjani

Abhishek Bachchan on winning the Leadership in Cinema Award says…

I thank IFFM for giving me the Leadership in Cinema award, I am extremely ecstatic being considered for this prestigious award by the Victorian Government and the film festival. Even though this award is not for the best actor, I am very much certain to come back to the festival soon enough for the best actor award too as I am certain I’ll soon get it.

Abhishek Bachchan

Team of Jalsa wins the Equality in Cinema Award whereas former cricketer Kapil Dev was awarded with Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the complete list of winners – IFFM 2022

Best Documentary – A Night of Knowing Nothing by Payal Kapadia

Best Actor in a Series – Mohit Raina for Mumbai Diaries 26/11

Best Actress in a Series – Sakshi Tanwar for MAI

Best Series – Mumbai Diaries 26/11 by Nikkhil Advani

Nikhhil Advani and Mohit Raina

Best Indie Film – Jaggi directed by Anmol Sidhu (Punjabi)

Best Director – Jointly won by Shoojit Sircar for Sardar Udham and Aparna Sen for The Rapist

Best Actor – Ranveer Singh for 83

Best Actress – Shefali Shah for Jalsa

Best Film – 83 directed by Kabir Khan

Equality in Cinema – The team of Jalsa directed by Suresh Triveni

Disruptor in Cinema Award – Vaani Kapoor for Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui

Lifestyle Achievement Award – Kapil Dev

Leadership in Cinema Award – Abhishek Bachchan

Spearheaded by director of the film festival Mitu Bhowmik Lange, this year IFFM started physically and virtually, from 12-20 August 2022. It is one of the biggest Indian film festivals that takes place outside of India and is also the only Indian film festival backed by the Australian government. The film festival will showcase more than 100 critically acclaimed movies. I think it is a good place for cinema lovers like me. Congratulations to all the winners!