Draped in national pride and exuding her unwavering commitment to the power of cinema for societal transformation, veteran actress Shabana Azmi illuminated the Australian landscape by hoisting the National Flag at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. The event marked a significant moment at the esteemed festival, where Shabana Azmi’s presence resonated with the essence of cinematic artistry and social impact.
In a resplendent display of national unity and artistic fervor, Shabana Azmi, known for her recent appearance in ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani,’ graced the 14th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. The luminary actress took center stage as she raised the Tricolour in the heart of Melbourne, commemorating the festival’s grandeur.
Amid her visit to Australia, Shabana Azmi’s upcoming project, ‘Ghoomer,’ took the spotlight as the film that inaugurated the festival. The cinematic offering features Abhishek Bachchan and Saiyami Kher in pivotal roles, adding a touch of star-studded allure to the occasion.
Commenting on the ceremony, Shabana Azmi said, “To be having this honour to hoist the Indian flag, the flag that I’m so proud of, the flag all of us present today are proud of in Melbourne, is an honour I never believed I could have. I would like to reiterate that we are here to celebrate Indian cinema in Melbourne, and I truly believe that art knows no boundaries and cinema can be an instrument for social change.”
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The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) stands as an unparalleled testament to the global celebration of Indian cinema. Going beyond geographical boundaries, the festival showcases the diverse and inclusive realm of Indian films and filmmakers. With its commencement on August 11 and a closing slated for August 20, the IFFM encapsulates the heart and soul of Indian cinema, resonating with audiences far beyond India’s borders.