Running from the August 10-22, The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne began with a vibrant press conference that had the media abuzz. The event is attended by Rani Mukerji, Rajkumar Hirani, Freida Pinto, Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal, along with the minister for equality and culture, Martin Foley.
Rani and Vicky also took to the stage to dance with the children from Emotion 21, a dance company that works with children who suffer from down syndrome. The actors danced to Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire with the children.
Malaika Arora Khan also attended the festival as the judge of a Bollywood Dance Competition.
The opening night of the festival also brought in eager cinephiles to watch Tabrez Noorani’s Love Sonia at a famous cinema in the city center of Melbourne, starring Manoj Bajpayee, Freida Pinto, Mrunal Thakur and Richa Chadha. Revolving around the life of a young girl who gets trapped in the ugly world of sex trafficking, the film tackles the rather crucial issue of the global flesh trade in the most poignant way possible. The film is scheduled to release in India in September.