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2011 Indian Film Festival

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This March the 2011 Indian Film Festival: Bollywood and Beyond will take place in three Australian cities - Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, before heading to New Zealand. Featuring special guests, including Ali Zafar, Kabir Khan, Vidya Balan and Arbaaz Khan and celebrating the very best of contemporary Indian Cinema as well as the rich, vibrant Indian culture, this event is not to be missed!

The festival will take place in;

Sydney, between 9 to 19 March at Hoyts Cinema Paris, Fox Studios (The Entertainment Quarter, Bent Street, Moore Park).

Melbourne, between 11 to 20 March at Hoyts Melbourne Central (Level 5, cnr Latrobe & Swanston Streets, Melbourne).

Adelaide, between 22 to 29 March at Mercury Cinema (13 Morphett St, Adelaide).

There are a number of festival highlights;

In Sydney the opening night screening on March 9, is
the 2010 drama No One Killed Jessica, followed by a Q&A event featuring actress Vidya Balan (who also has a special retrospective film program screening at the festival) and director Rajkumar Gupta.

If you enjoyed the 1999 British hit comedy/drama East is East, you can view the anticipated sequel West is West (2010), which will be introduced by producer Leslee Udwin at the ANZ Premiere screening.

In Melbourne members of the cast and crew - Arbaaz and Malaika Khan, will be on hand to introduce Dabangg (2010) at the opening screening on March 11.

Another Melbourne event isMeet the Filmmaker: Kabir Khan presents Kabul Express, in which filmmaker Kabir Khan will introduce his latest feature and participate in an Q&A with the audience on March 13.

There will be similar Q&A events at the screening of West is West on March 13 with Leslee Udwin and Tere Bin Laden with Ali Zafar on March 13.

Also Melbourne's Federation Square will be screening a range of Indian film titles for free during the festival - check out the selection here.

As well as a wide range of cinema, don't forget the Great Bollywood Dance Competition held at the Moomba Cultural Quarter on the banks of Yarra River at 11am on March 12th.

What's more is the Guinness World Record Attempt for the 'Largest Bollywood Dance Class', also held at he Moomba Cultural Quarter on the banks of Yarra River at 2pm on March 12th. Simply register by March 10 and watch and learn the dance in the video below - for a chance to be a world record holder!

In Adelaide there will be the opening night screening of I Am, with selected cast and crew members on March 22.

There are three film programs presented during the festival;

The first is entitled Hurrah Bollywood - which features the latest Bollywood hits including;

The drama/comedy/romance Band Baaja Baraat (2010)

The action flick Dabangg (2010)

The international blockbuster My Name is Khan (2010).

The second film program is entitled Beyond Bollywood, showcasing independent cinema from different regions;

The drama Udaan (2010)

The acclaimed Dhobi Ghat (2010)

It's a Wonderful Afterlife, the latest feature from celebrated British director Gurinder Chadha, whose previous films include Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004) and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008).

The third film program is a Vidya Balan retrospective - entitled Vidya Retrospective, featuring five feature films starring the popular award-winning actress.

See the full film programs for Hurrah Bollywood here, Beyond Bollywood here and Vidya Retrospective here.

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Why? The very best of contemporary Indian Cinema
When: SYDNEY: 9 to 19 March, MELBOURNE: 11 to 20 March, ADELAIDE: 22 to 29 March
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