IFEFA opens with Esha Gupta as the drawcard!



Esha Gupta

By Neeru Saluja

The International Film and Entertainment Festival Australia (IFEFA) opened on Friday 7 November at Auburn Reading Cinemas. The who’s who of the Indian community were seen at the event, mingling and waiting eagerly for the arrival of the stars. One can say with surety that Sydney community was dressed to the hilt to welcome and match the Bollywood glitter and glamour expected though not many stars of note one could recognise.

The festival was inaugurated by lighting of the traditional lamp by Aruna Chandrala and Mr Raj Datta. The stars were welcomed and introduced by MC Divya Dhingra and the audience was entertained by dance performances from the Piper School of Irish Music and Pallavi  Wardan.



Vipin Sharma, Esha Gupta, Maxine Salma, Ragini Dwivedi  and    Amarinder Bajwa

While Bollywood actress Esha Gupta stole the show, a few other actors like Vipin Sharma, Rekha Rana and Ragini  Dwivedi received their own share of attention. Despite no screening of the films promised, everyone was lucky enough to get a photo clicked with the stars as they obliged everyone patiently and with no star nakhras.



Abbey Singh, Sahil Sood, Maxine Salma, Esha Gupta and  Kamini Raj Singh

Now the countdown has started for the closing ceremony where actress Bipasha Basu will show her presence. There is a meet and greet event with Bipasha and a night to remember the music legend Mohammed Rafi and celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema at the Sydney Bahai Centre in Silver Water . The Indian Down Under will wait and watch and report  the real dazzle of the film festival as Aftab Shivdasani and well known Dabbang villain Prakash Raj join the star line-up!


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