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India is coming to Melbourne this May
Hoyts will be showing Indian films from May 1 to 11 for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. An initiative of the Victorian Government that aims to strengthen ties between the Indian film industry and Victoria, this is the third Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and, as in previous years, it will showcase the best of Indian films.
Chennai Express is one of the many colourful films being shown at this year's Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
Films being shown cover a number of categories, including:
Hurrah Bollywood, which is described as pure Bollywood escapism and comprises the biggest hits of the last 12 months from Mumbai's greatest commercial studios; Beyond Bollywood, which breaks the stereotype of Indian movies being all singing and dancing, and exhibits the work of Indian film industries outside of Mumbai's hit factories, which varies greatly in style; New Voices, which showcases Indian independent cinema and new Indian filmmakers who are challenging the status quo and breaking new ground; and From The Subcontinent, which comprises the latest and greatest films from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.
All films will have English subtitles so nothing will be lost in translation.
Ramleela takes the story of Romeo and Juliet to a whole new level.
When you think of Indian, films one of the main things that you think of is dancing. They bring to mind images of bright colours and clothing, bold and brilliant dancing, and breaking out into song at inappropriate moments. Thus, it fits that no Indian film festival would be complete without a dance competition and the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is no exception.
The festival's Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition will be taking place on Sunday May 4 at Federation Square at 3pm. Competition is steep, with dancers from across the country doing battle in solo and group categories in various age ranges in front of the competition's esteemed judges. The judges include Malaika Arora Khan from India's Got Talent who starred in one of the most iconic Indian musical numbers of all time – 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' on top of a moving train in Dil Se. The public will also get their say, with voting via mobile phone. The overall winner of the dance competition will win a trip to India courtesy of Gaura Travels.
The Light of the Firefly looks at the pressures an obstinate, patriarchal society places on Indian women.
The film festival also incorporates a short film competition – the Western Union Short Film Competition. With a theme of 'hope' this year, new filmmakers from India and Australia will present their films for judging, with the best being shown during the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
Hoyts Melbourne Central and Chadstone will be home to the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne's films from 1 May 2014 to 11 May 2014 and some films will also be screened in Federation Square during the festival. The complete schedule of films for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, including which films are being shown and the times they are being shown, can be found on the film festival's website here.