Munni a guest of Mind Blowing IFF 2011 in March

Mind Blowing Films are presenting another Indian Film Festival after the huge success of last year’s inaugural festival. Not only the festival will have India’s three most beautiful actresses as guests as Vidya Balan, Juhi Chawla and Malaika Arora Khan, Pakistani sensation Ali Zafar and charismatic and talented film makers like Arbaaz Khan, Kabir Khan, Raj Kumar, Leslie Udwin and Onir will create a Bollywood bonanza for all to witness from March 9 to April 3.
Says Mitu Bhaumick, MB Filsm Director, “This year we have made a conscious effort to bring films that eloquently express a new sophistication in contemporary Indian cinema.  This hugely exciting seismic, cultural shift must be shared.”
Festival’s opening film ‘No One Killed Jessica’ narrates the recent history of Manu Sharma murdering Jessica Lall in cold blood in front of 300 witnesses and, after his acquittal, her sister’s incredible journey to a milestone in modern India.

Other draw card is  ”˜Just Another Love Story’ which beautifully narrates the life of a fading gay actor in India’s theatre world to the truly inspirational life account of the feminist, social activist, Sindhutai. The much-anticipated sequel to ‘East is East’, aptly titled ‘West Is West’ catches up with our much-loved characters grudgingly facing up to their demons in Pakistan, with side splitting Manchester humour.

”˜Tere Bin Laden’ is a gem of the new wave of Indian cinema in which a fast failing journalist sets an elaborate hoax in play after he finds an Obama look-alike, leading to hilarious consequences.

”˜Dabangg’, meanwhile, is an unapologetic explosion of colourful energy featuring all that we love about Bollywood.
With over 30 films and 16 ANZ premieres, there is indeed something for everyone as festival kicks in from March 9.
There will also be short films –  the Western Union Short Film Competition with its winners jetting off to India whereas the Indian winner will be here to share his film with you. For a splash of masala there is Bollywood Dancing at the Moomba and a Guinness World Record to beat.

The IFF  is keen to foster greater understanding and collaboration between the Australian and Indian film industries. There is IFF Western Union Short Film Competition aimed at discovering the future Peter Jacksons and   George Millers. Raj Kumar Hirani and director Kabir Khan and actor, writer and producer Mick Molloy, directors Imtiaz Ali and Shimit Amin will select three winners ”“ one international, one from Australia and one from New Zealand. Winners will each receive return air fares to either Mumbai or Melbourne and be given opportunities to meet with key figures in the respective country’s film industry. Each of the winning films will be screened at the 2011 Indian Film Festival and on SBS Television in Australia, Triangle and Stratos in New Zealand and World Movies in India. The Australian and International winners will be announced on the opening day of the festival.

Indian Film Festival: Bollywood and Beyond will tour Sydney (9-19 March ”“ Hoyts Cinema Paris, Fox Studios ”“ Entertainment Quarter, Bent St, Moore Park ”“ Box Office 02 9332 1633), Melbourne (11-20 March ”“ Hoyts Melbourne Central, Level 5, Corner Swanston & Latrobe Sts, Melbourne ”“ Box Office 1300 357 357), Adelaide (22-29 March ”“ Mercury Cinema ”“ 13 Morphet St, Adelaide ”“ 08 8410 1934) and Auckland (24 March to 3 April). Do join in movie sessions with your favorite movie star in Q & A sessions and do check the website: for the time table to check out the festival movies and the short films.

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