The Indian Film Festival Bollywood and Beyond in Sydney!











Tannishtha Chatterjee with Sheba Nandkeolyar and Swati Kapoor

By Neeru Saluja

After a star studded opening in Melbourne, the Indian Film festival Bollywood and Beyond organised by Mind Blowing Films now travels to Sydney. The ”˜Westpac Indian Film Festival ”“ Bollywood and Beyond’ had it’s opening night at Hoyts Paris, Entertainment Quarter.


IFFS 2sHis Excellency Navdeep Suri and Mitu Bhowmick-Lange, Director IFFS

The opening films for the night were India’s first female buddy film ”˜Angry Indian Goddesses’ directed by Pan Nalin and Srijit Mukherji’s Rajkahini. The festival was inaugurated by His Excellency Navdeep Suri, High Commissioner of India in Australia and the films were introduced by Mitu Bhowmick, the director of Mind blowing films and the Indian Film Festival of both in Melbourne and in Sydney.


IFFS 6sWestpac Group’s Rebecca Berry, National Manager Strategic Partnerships Migrant, Multicultural and Expatriate banking, which is Sydney Film Festival’s major sponsor, said, “Mitu’s team has been wonderful and the films Mind Blowing have brought will help transcend borders, understand and connect people and cultures. We are proud to partner with them.”





Westpac’s Rebecca Berry (Extreme right) at the  Opening Night












Srijit Mukherji, director of film Rajkahini  with  heroine Rituparna Sengupta and Mitu Bhomick-Lange

Both the films were introduced by the key guests in attendance ”“ actress Tanishtha Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta and director Srijit Mukherji. Carrying on the theme of women empowerment, both the films did full justice which was valid by a robust and interactive Q&A with actress Tanishtha after the screening of award winning film ”˜Angry Indian Goddesses’.

After the films, the audience freely mingled with the key guests of the festivals and got photos clicked with the actresses. Thanks to the festival team, Sydney  cinema goers wore a happy and satisfied look as the opening night was well organised and the screenings started on time.











The film festival runs from 17-21 August and showcases the best of Indian cinema featuring films in various languages and genres. For the full list of films, visit

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