Recently, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, which will go on till 17 August, has kickstarted their 10th-year celebrations with a grand opening press conference that took place in Melbourne on August 8.
Mitu Bhowmick Lange, director of the festival, took charge of the event and introduced the programs of the festival. Given that the list includes names like Shah Rukh Khan, Tabu, Vijay Sethupathi, Gayathrie Shankar, and Karan Johar, none of who require an introduction, the excitement in the air was unbelievable.
The guest of honor at the event SRK was also received with great love from the audience. While addressing the event in his trademark charm, he said,
"Many years ago in 2006-07, I came here when I was a rising superstar giving hit films after hit films. And now I am back here again, still, a rising superstar not making as many hit films, as much as I would want to do so. I thank everyone for the opportunity to speak here. It’s heartening that because of the Indian diaspora - the second generation of Indians here Indian cinema is getting noticed. It’s extremely gratifying and makes every Indian proud. I speak for everyone on the dias today, that we are happy to be here."
During Mr. Khan's visit to Melbourne for the Indian Film Festival, he was also given an honorary doctorate from a Victorian university in front of thousands of fans. Yes, La Trobe University recognized his efforts to support women and underprivileged children - along with his Bollywood achievements. This was SRK’s 5th Doctorate till date.
Here is SRK’s 5 Times Doctorate Journey:
- Bedfordshire University - 2009
- Edinburgh University - 2015
- Maulana Azad National Urdu University - 2016
- The University of Law - 2019
- La Trobe University - 2019
Arjun Kapoor, Rima Das, Sriram Raghavan, and Zoya Akhtar also attended the event. However, they were there for the screening of last year’s biggest hit 'Andhadhun' at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
After SRK, film producer Karan Johar also spoke about the phenomenal films produced this year. He 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. I firmly believe, in the era, we belonged to, the term is understood because of him. It’s not just about his large heart but his tremendous presence and aura. The fact that he is an outstanding actor is the hugest icing on the cake.”
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