Winner of Melbourne Awards 2016 | Winner of Most Popular Indian Film Festival Abroad 2017
  • Abhijat Joshi
  • Abhijat Joshi

Abhijat Joshi

Abhijat is a National award-winning writer behind successful blockbusters like Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots and PK. He has a background in literature and is a professor in the English department at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Together with Rajkumar Hirani, he wrote the script for the upcoming biopic, Sanju. He also wrote the script for Broken Horses, the English-language remake of Parinda, starring Vincent D’Onofrio. He resides in Central Ohio with his wife and daughter.
  • Ali Fazal
  • Ali Fazal
  • Ali Fazal
  • Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal

The current sensation of Bollywood and Hollywood, Ali Fazal has an impressive body of work that has catapulted him to international stardom. With films like Fukrey, Sonali Cable and Happy Bhag Jayegi, Ali proved his mettle as an actor in bollywood. By sharing screen space with Dame Judi Dench in ‘Victoria and Abdul’ in the titular role of Abdul, Ali has been the subject of every actor’s envy and the pride of the Indian acting fraternity.
Meet Ali Fazel on
Saturday, August 11, at Panel discussion at Deakin Edge, Federation Square at 6:00 pm.
Sunday,  August 12, at Westpac IFFM Awards Night, at Palais theatre at 6:30 pm.
  • Avtar Panesar
  • Avtar Panesar
  • Avtar Panesar

Avtar Panesar

Avtar serves as the Vice President of International Operations at Yash Raj Films Pvt Ltd. and is responsible for popularising content distributed by YRF in key diaspora markets abroad. Prior to joining YRF, Avtar worked with HMV/EMI Records London and grew to key positions there. His deep passion for movies is even reflected in his business card, the back of which reads: “Films forever…” A self-described family person, he deeply values the time he spends with them.
  • Frieda Pinto
  • Frieda Pinto
  • Frieda Pinto
  • Frieda Pinto

Freida Pinto

Freida Pinto is an Indian actress who has appeared mainly in American and British films. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India. Pinto rose to prominence through the 2008 British drama Slumdog Millionaire, her first appearance in a film. She won the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and was nominated for various awards at the British Academy Film Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and the Teen Choice Awards. Her biggest commercial success came with the 2011 science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Pinto received major attention for portraying the title character in Michael Winterbottom's Trishna (2011). Her performance in the biographical drama Desert Dancer (2014) received critical acclaim.Along with her film career, she promotes humanitarian causes and is vocal about women's empowerment.
Meet Freida on
Friday, August 10, at our Opening Night Film , Love Sonia at HOYTS Melbourne Central at 7:00 pm.
Saturday,  August 11, at Panel discussion at Deakin Edge, Federation Square at 6:00 pm.
Sunday, August 12, at Westpac IFFM Awards Night, at Palais theatre at 6:30 pm.
  • Mrunal Thakur
  • Mrunal Thakur
  • Mrunal Thakur

Mrunal Thakur

Mrunal Thakur is an Indian actress who appears in Indian soap operas. She is known for her role as Bulbul in Kumkum Bhagya. She has played a lead role in Tabrez Noorani and David Womark's 2018 film Love Sonia.
Meet Mrunal Thakur on
Friday, August 10, at our Opening Night Film, Love Sonia at HOYTS Melbourne Central at 7:00 pm.
  • Qaushik Mukherjee
  • Qaushik Mukherjee

Qaushik Mukherjee

Qaushiq Mukherjee (popularly known as Q) is an Indian film director known for his films like Garbage (2018), controversial cult film Gandu (2010) and Tasher Desh (2012). Mukherjee grew up in Kolkata and was educated at South Point High School. Then he did his Hons in arts from Calcutta University. He worked in advertising for twelve years in India, Maldives and Sri Lanka. He is the founder and CEO of film production company, Overdose Joint.
Meet Qaushik Mukherjee on
Sunday, August 12, at Westpac IFFM Awards Night, at Palais theatre at 6:30 pm.
Wednesday, August 15, at HOYTS Chadstonee at 8:30 pm.
  • Rajeev Masand
  • Rajeev Masand

Rajeev Masand

Rajeev Masand is one of India’s best known film critics and entertainment reporters, having started his long career with The Times of India newspaper at the young age of sixteen. Masand has famously broken new ground in the entertainment industry and paved a new path for future film critics, having conducted famous interviews with big names like Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Guy Ritchie, and M Night Shyamalan. His impressive work as a film critic has earned him three awards for ‘Best Entertainment Critic’ from the National Television Awards.
  • Rajkumar Hirani
  • Rajkumar Hirani
  • Rajkumar Hirani
  • Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani is an Indian film director and editor. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful and one of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century Hindi language cinema. Hirani is known for directing Hindi films, including Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), 3 Idiots (2009) and PK (2014). All his films have been huge commercial successes, won several awards including the National awards and has often been regarded by the media and audiences as some of the most path-breaking films in the history of Indian cinema. He won 11 Filmfare Awards.
Meet Rajkumar Hirani on
Saturday, August 11, at Panel discussion at Deakin Edge, Federation Square at 7:00 pm.
Sunday, August 12, at Westpac IFFM Awards Night, at Palais theatre at 6:30 pm.
  • Rani Mukerji
  • Rani Mukerji
  • Rani Mukerji
  • Rani Mukerji

Rani Mukerji

Rani Mukerji is an Indian actress. Known for her work in Hindi films, Mukerji is one of the country's most popular actresses and has received several awards, including seven Filmfare Awards. Her roles have been cited in the media as a significant departure from previous screen portrayals of Indian women. By 2004, Mukerji had established herself as a leading actress of Bollywood with roles in the romantic comedy Hum Tum and the dramas Yuva and Veer-Zaara. She achieved further success for portraying a deaf, blind and mute woman in the acclaimed drama Black (2005), a con woman in Bunty Aur Babli (2005) and an unhappily married woman in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). Mukerji then collaborated with Yash Raj Films on several unsuccessful films which led critics to bemoan her choice of roles.
Meet Rani Mukerji on
Saturday, August 11, at Panel discussion at Deakin Edge, Federation Square at 6:00 pm.
Sunday, August 12, at Westpac IFFM Awards Night, at Palais theatre at 6:30 pm.
  • Ram Charan
  • Ram Charan
  • Ram Charan
  • Ram Charan

Ram Charan

He hails from a legacy of great repute and superstardom, but his charm and chivalry is testimony enough to all the accolades he is rightfully subject to Mr. Ram Charan is Telugu cinema’s very own poster boy! His filmography includes films like ‘Chiruta’, ‘Magadheera’ and the recent smash-hit ‘Rangasthalam’. This son of Megastar Chiranjeevi has an impressive body of work along with a massive fan following.
Meet Ram Charan on
Saturday, August 11, at Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition at Federation Square at 12 noon.
Saturday, August 11, at Panel discussion at Deakin Edge, Federation Square at 6:00 pm.
Sunday, August 12, at Westpac IFFM Awards Night, at Palais theatre at 6:30 pm.
  • Richa Chadda
  • Richa Chadda
  • Richa Chadda

Richa Chadda

She is Gen-Now of bollywood! In a career spanning 10 years, Richa Chadda has managed to capture the imagination of the audience and carve a special place for herself in the vast expanse of Bollywood. Blending sensitive portrayals with solid craft within a mainstream bollywood movie is her thing. With films like Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Masaan, Gangs of Wasseypur, Fukrey; Richa’s body of work reads brilliance all over it.
Meet Richa Chadda on
Friday, August 10, at our Opening Night Film, Love Sonia at HOYTS Melbourne Central at 7:00 pm.
Saturday, August 11, at Panel discussion at Deakin Edge, Federation Square at 6:00 pm.
Sunday, August 12, at Westpac IFFM Awards Night, at Palais theatre at 6:30 pm.
  • Shibasish-Sarkar
  • Shibasish-Sarkar
  • Shibasish-Sarkar

Shibasish Sarkar

Shibasish is a media and entertainment industry professional with over 20 years of corporate experience and the current Group COO of Reliance Entertainment, the flagship motion picture arm of India’s Reliance group. He is responsible for the entertainment vertical comprising film, gaming, digital and new media businesses. Being part of the senior leadership team, he serves as a board member with various Reliance group companies. Prior to joining Reliance Entertainment in 2007, he worked with UTV, Percept Picture and Viacom 18. In addition to sharing the latest entertainment news on social media, he also spends time raising awareness of causes he believes in.
  • Siddharth Malhotra
  • Siddharth Malhotra

Siddharth P Malhotra

Siddharth is a film director and writer, and TV producer. He made his directorial debut with We Are Family in 2010. After a brief hiatus, he most recently directed the Rani Mukerji-starrer, Hichki, a brave film about a protagonist suffering from Tourette syndrome. He formed a TV production company, Alchemy, together with his wife, Sapna, in 2016. Their most recent TV production was the Zayed Khan-starrer, Haasil. He had earlier worked as the creative head of Cinevistaas, a leading media and entertainment company based in Mumbai.
  • Simi Garewal
  • Simi Garewal
  • Simi Garewal

Simi Garewal

Synonymous with TV and cinema, Simi Garewal has become a living legend throughout Indian households for her film work both on and behind the silver screen. After swiftly landing her first acting role in the English language film ‘Tarzan Goes to India’ (1962) Garewal’s career skyrocketed towards success as she wrote, directed and starred in a variety of acclaimed films. As of late, Simi is most recognisable for her anchoring role on the trend-setting talk show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’. Simi is also a member of the jury for this year’s festival.
Meet Simi Garewal on
Saturday, August 11, at HOYTS Chadstone, at the Screening of Siddhartha where she will give you a unique insight into the Artsist, the Man and the Legend that was Shashi Kapoor at 5:00 pm.
Sunday, August 12, at Westpac IFFM Awards Night, at Palais theatre at 6:30 pm.
  • Tabrez Noorani
  • Tabrez Noorani

Tabrez Noorani

After growing up in Mumbai with a prominent film director for an uncle and going to film school in LA, Noorani focused on directing commercials and shooting projects in India. This background and Noorani’s passion for filmmaking has turned him into a big asset for filmmakers wanting to work in India. Love Sonia is his first major directorial project - a film that promises to be a breathtakingly honest look at the global sex trade, set in India, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.
Meet Tabrez Noorani on
Friday, August 10, at our Opening Night Film, Love Sonia at HOYTS Melbourne Central at 7:00 pm.
Saturday, August 11, at Panel discussion at Deakin Edge. Federation Square at 6:00 pm.
Sunday, August 12, at Westpac IFFM Awards Night, at Palais theatre at 6:30 pm.
Friday, August 10, 07.00 PM | HOYTS Melbourne Central | Screening of Love Sonia
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