Friday, August 11, 7:00 PM | MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE
Adil Hussain
Stars and guests will align on this spectacular night, as the Westpac IFFM Awards Night hosts some of the biggest names in Bollywood to reward the hard work of those who have excelled in their craft this past year. IFFM is proud to announce honorary guest Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is attending, along with a host of surprise nominees and winners of India’s best films of 2017. With such amazing talents to be honoured, this annual event is destined to be remembered for years to come, by fans and movie-goers alike.

Throughout the night, guests will also be treated to the musical talents of the sensational Bollywood singers, The Kakar Sisters. Notoriously charismatic, Akriti Kakar has graced the world with her versatile dulcet tones and acclaimed Bollywood singing for the past decade, releasing hit songs like Saturday, Saturday. No stranger to success themselves, Akriti’s two sisters Sukriti and Prakriti have rocked the world as the first twin sisters to take Bollywood by storm. Now, with proud solo careers, the two still band together to unleash their twin vocals and musical prowess on special occasions like our awards night.

So, come join us for a starry night filled with music, fashion, celebrities, and surprises, as we honour the leading professionals of one of the greatest film industries in the world.

Special Guests

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Heralded as "the most beautiful woman in the world,” Aishwarya Rai is one of India's greatest exports. The indian film festival of Melbourne is delighted to welcome this iconic actress-model-humanitarian to our celebration of diversity and cinema.

Rai famously quit architecture to pursue modelling and never looked back. She became a household name in India with just one line in a Pepsi commercial. In 1994 she was crowned Miss World. Then came the movie offers.

Her breakthrough role in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1997) earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Devdas (2002) earned her a second and made her world famous. She’s graced big budget hits like Dhoom 2 (2006), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), Enthiran (2010) and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) while subverting expectations with arthouse auteur Rituparno Ghosh in Chokher Bali (2003) and Raincoat (2004). She may, however, be even more famous as the face of L'Oréal, Fuji, De Beers diamonds, Pepsi and Coca-Cola.

India bestowed on her their fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri, for her contributions to the arts. But she’s also used her fame to promote humanitarian causes, like the campaign to eradicate polio, and is a UN spokeswoman for using microcredit to alleviate poverty.

Join us in welcoming “the world’s most beautiful woman” back to the world's most liveable city; surely a match made in heaven!

Akriti Kakar

Akriti Kakar has proven her talented vocals throughout an illustrious singing career, carving a niche in genres such as Ghazals, Sufi, Retro and Fusion. Notoriously charismatic, Akriti’s career has excelled both in her live performances and as an acclaimed Bollywood playback singer. Though famous for her Hindi tracks, Akriti has also performed in Bengali, Marathi and Punjabi. Sony released her solo album entitled Akriti in 2010; featuring some collaborations with Shankar Mahadevan. Akriti made a guest appearance on popular reality show, Rising Star (2017), performing on stage with the finalists, and was a judge for Zee Bangla's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs (2013), winning rave reviews for her earnest approach.

Sukriti and Prakriti Kakar

Active in the entertainment business, both individually and as a pair, Sukriti and Prakriti are Bollywood’s first twin sisters to take the industry by storm. The pair proudly commenced solo careers in the film industry before banding their musical talents together for live performances. Both singers have featured in playback tracks for Sonakshi Sinha on the acclaimed new release Noor (2017). Sukriti and Prakriti share a unique relationship in Bollywood - as sisters, competitors and accomplices in the industry. Their prowess and vocals are widely recognised and enjoyed throughout Bollywood.

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Join our special guests as we honour the best of Indian cinema.

Karan Johar

Malaika Arora

Vikram Phadnis

Konkona Sen Sharma

Shobu Yarlagadda

Simi Garewal

Nitesh Tiwari

Tannishtha Chatterjee