Making India proud on Australian soil, actor Abhishek Bachchan and former Indian captain Kapil Dev will be hoisting the Indian tricolour at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM). The act is to mark the 75th Independence Day and needless to say, it’s an iconic moment for every Indian.
Abhishek Bachchan, who will be a part of IFFM as one of the key guests, said it’s a huge honour for him to be invited to participate in this celebration of cinema. He said, “It gives me great honour to be a part of the 75th year celebrations of Indian Independence in Melbourne. It’s a matter of pride for me to hoist the Indian National Flag in the iconic Federation Square. It’s an event where Indians from all across Australia, from all different backgrounds, will come together to celebrate India at 75. This is a mark of the friendship between Australia and India. To share this platform with Kapil Sir is momentous for me and the event is also a mark of the coming together of Cinema and Cricket, two things that have often united us Indians together. I am really looking forward to celebrating India, Indians and the spirit of our country amongst hundreds of people who will be in attendance to celebrate this landmark moment and event.”
Speaking about the event, film producer Mitu Bhowmik Lange added. “India is completing 75 years of independence and this event is a mark to celebrate this landmark moment. We are ecstatic to have Kapil Dev and Abhishek Bachchan jointly coming together this year to do the honors of hoisting the Indian tricolour. It’s a mark of the friendship that our country celebrates with Australia and with these two icons coming together is the perfect amalgamation of cinema and cricket.”
IFFM will be taking place, physically and virtually, from August 12-20, 2022. After the pandemic, this is the first time the event will be held physically and it is expected to showcase more than 100 critically acclaimed movies. The festival will also be opened with the Bollywood film Do Baaraa starring Taapsee Pannu and directed by Anurag Kashyap.