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2020 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne rescheduled – now from October 30th to November 8th

Its 10th anniversary last year had Shah Rukh Khan as chief guest

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This month the festival kickstarts a brand-new virtual event, the IFFM FILM CLUB featuring some of the finest filmmakers in India, discussing their films.

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne today announced that this year’s festival will go ahead with dates rescheduled from August to late 2020 due to the ongoing Covid -19 pandemic.IFFM 2020’s program will be devised in line with public health guidance with plans for a compact schedule taking place over a week from October 30 to November 7. The festival is retaining the Short Film Competition and the popular dance competition (to be held on October 31, pending easing of restrictions) but the much anticipated IFFM Awards Gala will be postponed till 2021. More details of festival highlights will be announced shortly.

An exciting new innovation to the festival this year, in response to current challenges and opportunities, is the IFFM Film Club where fans of Indian movies can enrol for a virtual masterclass with leading filmmakers discussing their works in detail. This exciting new event is facilitated by noted journalist Rajeev Masand. Functioning like a book club, the festival asks participants to watch a classic film, and they then have an opportunity to discuss the film at the virtual film club with the filmmaker. The virtual talks are open for registration to festival goers and accommodate 100 early bird users.

Previously, the festival has hosted masterclasses with acclaimed filmmakers including Raju Hirani , Rani Mukherjee ,Karan Johar, Rima Das, Zoya Akhtar, Onir , Vijay Sethupathi , Nag Ashwin , kabir Khan and many others. With the
launch of this year’s Film Club, IFFM continues to celebrate the spirit of diversity through cinema.

IFFM Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange said, “This is a unique intimate way for film lovers to stay engaged, entertained and educated while at home in these unprecedented times. We already have a strong line up of filmmakers from various parts of India. Well-known film journalist Rajeev Masand will moderate the session as heopens the film and its maker to a world of questions from curious fans.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said: “Social distancing doesn’t mean social disconnection and through the screen we can continue to be inspired by stories and perspectives from across the globe. I applaud the Indian Film
Festival of Melbourne team for its commitment to continuing to bring the IFFM spirit to film lovers and for pivoting to a new model for 2020 in response to these challenging times.”

In 2019 the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne celebrated its tenth anniversary.In February this year pre-Covid, IFFM hosted an event in Mumbai where Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan awarded the four-year scholarship named
after him to Gopika Kottantharayil Bhasi from Thrissur (Kerala), as a part of the festival’s long association with Melbourne’s La Trobe University. Now faced with restrictions and new opportunities the IFFM team is working hard
to develop new exciting elements.

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Here is a list of 5 films/ shows that will take you right back to the joy and stress of first jobs!

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Dreamt of a fancy desk but got a seat next to the photocopy guy? Envisioned the king’s life of delegating work but were saddled with endless presentations and number crunching? We’ve all had our unique first job experiences – be it saying all kinds of prayers before hitting the leave request or constantly complaining to HR about the flaky internet.

But the silver lining through it all has to be your favourite co-worker or work buddy, who makes even work seem like play at the end of day.

Here is a list of 5 films/ shows that will take you right back to the joy and stress of first jobs!

  1. Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year – Harpreet Singh Bedi is a true example of a struggler who wants to make it big in his career. However – landing a job isn’t the difficult part, but surviving the first job is.  This film is a story of a fresh graduate trying to find a balance between the maddening demands of the ‘professional’ way, and the way of his heart.
  2. Basement Company– This series chronicles the lives of first jobbers Raj, Simran and Rahul who are forced into the basement of their office while it undergoes a major transformation to attract more business. The show is set in Gurgaon, wherein these three badnaseeb buddies are put in the wackiest situations as they try to regain their territory upstairs. While trying to achieve this, they are fighting their respective battles to achieve their dreams which lie beyond the four walls of this company as well as juggling friendships, relationships and their new lives at work. The 5 episodic series is streaming exclusively on MX Player, binge watch all episodes for FREE and catch its trailer now: https://bit.ly/BasementCompany_Trailer
  3. Guru– The film is about a villager, Gurukant Desai who arrives in Bombay 1958, and rises from its streets to become the GURU, the biggest tycoon in Indian history. The film also highlights Guru’s struggles while becoming the successful textile merchant. Motivation at its peak!
  1. Official Chukiyagiri– This is a story that depicts the life of every person who aspires to build his image in the corporate world but has to face unlimited problems and obstacles – obvio! It’s a story of an intern – Spandan Chukya, who has just started his internship at an MNC. He’s very excited about his work and the people he’s going to meet, but life didn’t seem easy when he actually realized what he has to go through!
  1. Wake Up Sid–Well not every person is proactive or in Sid’s case – active. Similar is the story of Sid Mehra who is a young man living in Mumbai who benefits from the indulgence of his parents. After graduating from university, he makes a stab at working in his father’s business, but lasts only a week. He then meets Aisha, an aspiring writer from Calcutta. Sid helps her get settled in the city and then wants to take things further — but Aisha isn’t interested because of Sid’s slacker personality. Her rejection is what wakes Sid up and then the struggle to find an actual first job starts.

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Veteran comedian Jagdeep passes away

He is survived by his two sons Javed Jafri and Naved Jafri and daughter Muskaan

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Veteran comedian Jagdeep has passed away at the age of 81. The senior actor had not been keeping well for some time. Though there is no official statement released by the family a source close to the family confirmed the death of the actor.

Jagdeep who was popular as Soorma Bhopali from Sholay had over 400 films to his credit. He started his career as a child artiste with BR Chopra’s Afsana and then established himself as a comedian with Brahmachari.

He is survived by his two sons Javed Jafri and Naved Jafri and daughter Muskaan.

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The wait is over! Amazon Prime Video’s most awaited trailer of Kannada film ‘Law’ to be released tomorrow

The film has been created by Puneeth Rajkumar’s PRK Productions and will exclusively release on July 17

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The most awaited Kannada film titled ‘Law’ was recently announced and the excitement level has been at its peak for every crime thriller genre lover. The makers had recently also released a build-up poster of Ragini Chandran which created a huge buzz and the trailer of the film was highly demanded. The wait is finally over as the makers announce the trailer date with its motion poster- And, it’s coming out on 9th July, 2020.

Amazon Prime Video’s took to their social media and shared, “One must fight their own battles! trailer out tomorrow. #LawOnPrime, premiering july 17 @iamraginichandran #MukhyamantriChandru @puneethrajkumar.official #AshwiniPuneethRajkumar

#MGovinda @raghusamarth @vasuki_vaibhav_ @siri_prahlad @prk.productions #PRKAudio”

Law is directed by Raghu Samarth and produced by Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar, M Govinda. The legal Kannada drama is led by Ragini Prajwal who makes her debut as a lead actress and Mukhyamantri Chandru, Achyuth Kumar, Sudharani among others. The film also features Siri Prahlad and veteran actor Mukyamanthri Chandru in prominent roles. Law also marks the first film from Sandalwood industry to have a digital release. The film also marks Ragini Chandran’s debut and looks surely like a promising one.
The film has been created by Puneeth Rajkumar’s PRK Productions and will exclusively release on 17th July 2020 on Amazon Prime Video. Don’t forget to set a reminder on your phone and your calendars too!

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