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Hindi cinema’s acclaimed actress Rani Mukherjee (often referred to as Queen of Bollywood) will open the Melbourne and Sydney editions of the Indian Film Festival 2010 on March 12, with her new film, Dil Bole Hadippa, directed by Anurag Singh, who will also be present.

Melbourne will see a contingent of the best and most successful Hindi films makers – Rajkumar Hirani (director of the highest grossing Hindi film of all time, 3 Idiots), Imtiaz Ali, the highly talented director of superhits Jab We Met & Love Aaj Kal. Also attending will be actor/producer/director Sohail Khan, star of Main aur Mrs Khanna which was filmed in Melbourne and will have a special screening at Federation Square.

For the first time the Indian Film Festival will have five distinctive sections,
1) Best of Recent Bollywood
2) A selected retrospective of Rani Mukherjee
3) A range of acclaimed Indian regional cinema.
4) Series of Award winning documentaries and short films
5) Screenings of the finalists of the inaugural Short Film Competition

The Bollywood section will feature 12 features amply demonstrating the diversity of style and content in contemporary Bollywood while Rani’s retrospective features her most loved films including Bunty aur Babli, Paheli and her multi award winning performance in Black.

Also screening other award winning performances in Saathiya with music by A R Rahman, and the romantic comedy Hum Tum, with award winning performances from both leads.

"the array of different genre films"

The regional section again highlights the array of different genre films being produced in India including films in Malayalam, Bengali, Tamil, Telegu and English. The section includes an award winning film from the re-emerging Marathi Cinema – Harischandrachi Factory and a preview of Rituparno Ghosh’s new feature Shob Choritro Kalponik

Festival Highlights Include a special free screening in Federation Square of Main or Mrs Khanna, introduced by Sohail Khan; screenings of the finalists in the Short film Competition, which has attracted entries from around the world ; meet the film makers with Q&A screenings of Love Aaj Kal with director Imtiaz Ali and Dil Bole Hadippa with director Anurag Singh and Rani Mukherjee.

Premiere screenings of a wide range of Indian cinema including master filmmaker Shyam Bengal – Well Done Abba ( Well Done Father) & Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh’s new feature with Bipasha Basu, Shob Choritro Kalponik

Published February 18, 2010

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Dil Bole Hadippa

Festival Dates:
Melbourne – Cinema Nova March 10th to 17th
Sydney – Cinema Paris March 12th to 18th
Perth – Luna Palace Cinema - March 25th to 7th April
Auckland- Rialto Cinema April 15th – 21st April

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