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Westpac Indian Film Festival Sydney

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Bollywood and Beyond
Mind Blowing Films and Westpac present this year's edition of the Indian Film Festival, Sydney.

Between August 17- 21, a line up of the most talked about and diverse Bollywood and south Asian movies will be played at Hoyts Cinema Paris. The festival opens up with critically acclaimed Angry Indian Goddesses by Pan Nalin, a movie about 7 women breaking stereotypes and traditional ideas.

Angry Indian Goddesses poster
Angry Indian Goddesses film poster Source: Wikipedia

The film festival brings the best of Indian & South Asian cinema in various languages including Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil and Marathi among others. All of them are played with English subtitles.

Noteworthy movies include Rajkahani, a Bengali movie that relays the story of Begum Jaan, a courtesan, whose brothel and business is threatened by the partition of the country in 1947 and she along with the other courtesans retaliate to fight for their business in what earns them respect among the same men who look at them as nothing but objects of pleasure. Actress Rituparna Sengupta and the movie's director Srijit Mukherjee will be in attendance for this session so it will be a great opportunity to watch it along with the maker and actor themselves.

Coming from an industry that makes over 1000 movies a year, and has completed it's 100 years, Bollywood movies and actors are now known all over the world for producing some of the best entertainment, songs and cinematic brilliance.

Hoyts Cinema Paris at Entertainment Quarter is hosting the Sydney version of the film festival and playing the movies featuring in the Indian Film Festival 2016.

The festival closes with Ekk Albela, featuring Vidya Balan, the Indian Film Festival ambassador who makes her Marathi-language debut with the nostalgic biopic. Head directly to the HOYTS website to purchase tickets and for session information.
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