8 - 17 August 2019

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Zoya Akhtar


A symphony of creativity, sensitivity and individuality is one way of describing the acclaimed filmmaker Zoya Akhtar's style in her signature films. The NYU alumni started her career assisting directors like Mira Nair, Tony Gerber, and Dev Benegal before becoming a writer-director in her own right. Whether Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Luck by Chance (2009) or her latest blockbuster film Gully Boy (2019) - Ms Akhtar resonates with her audience by capturing them in interesting scripts, characters, and visuals. Each of her works embed a storyline highlighting a spectrum of issues facing the present-day millennial. Her web series for Amazon Prime - 'Made in Heaven', and an episode for Netflix original 'Lust Stories' - explores people from various economical background, all nestled in a similar situation of life. Her scripts define living in the reality, whilst aspiring for more. Constantly keeping you engaged and interested, Ms Akhtar leaves you wanting more.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has invited names from entertainment across the globe to join the group of the biggest names in entertainment in the world. One of which is director Zoya Akhtar of the recent hit, Gullyboy. Zoya Akhtar will officially be a member of the committee responsible for the nominations of the Oscar Academy Awards for the Directors category.

# Session Date Time Venue
1 IFFM Chat with Zoya Akhtar: Stories by women we love Saturday, August 10 7:30 PM Arts Centre Melbourne
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