The southern hemisphere’s greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema – today announces details for their much anticipated 2018 program.
Taking place from 10-22 August under the unifying theme of ‘Inclusion’, this year’s Festival offers all Australians the opportunity to explore the richness and diversity of contemporary Indian cinema, from Bollywood box-office hits, documentaries and art-house premieres, to a Bollywood dance competition and master classes with key figures from the Indian film industry.
The festival this year will see over 60 films in 22 languages. The line up of this year’s festival boasts of a diverse and distinct range of films, many of which will premiere for the first time in Australia and some that have had critical success in the biggest festivals of the world. Over 13 days audiences will get to watch stories about Sex trafficking, a bangle seller and his wife, about an old lady reminiscing about her past. They can devour the diversity of India with films likeBhasmasur that talks about debt and a father-son relationship, Ahare Mon which discusses the types of people who are allowed to fall in love and Juze, that talks about the misuse of power and emotional harassment. They’ll get a taste of mind games with films like In the Shadows and Paddayi, a whiff of Bollywood grandeur with films like Padmavat and will fall in love with movies like Hichki and Chumbak. The festival truly has something for everyone.
The nominations are
BEST FILM: Pad Man, Hichki, Padmaavat, Sanju, Secret Superstar, Raazi, Mahanati, Rangasthalam
BEST INDIE FILM: In the shadows, Village Rockstars, Balekempa, Up, Down and Sideways (Documentary), Mayurakshi, Garbage, Sir, Love Sonia
BEST ACTOR: Ranbir Kapoor for Sanju, Varun Dhawan for October, Ranveer Singh for Padmaavat, Akshay Kumar for Padman, Manoj Bajpayee for In the Shadows, Fahadh Faasil for The Exhibit and the Eyewitness, Soumitra Chaterjee for Mayurakshi, Shahid Kapoor for Padmaavat
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE: Vicky Kaushal for Sanju, Ranvir Shorey – In the Shadows, Samantha Akkineni – Mahanati, Richa Chadda – Love Sonia, Freida Pinto – Love Sonia, Trimala Adhikari – Garbage, Meher Vij- Secret Superstar
BEST DIRECTOR: Rajkumar Hirani for Sanju, Shoojit Sircar for October, R. Balki for Pad Man, Siddharth P Malhotra for Hichki, Advait Chandan for Secret Superstar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Padmaavat, Rima Das for Village Rockstars, Dipesh Jain for In the Shadows, Ere Gowda for Balekempa, Suresh Triveni For Tumhari Sulu, Meghna Gulzar For Raazi, Tabrez Noorani – Love Sonia, Rohena Gera for Sir
BEST ACTRESS: Rani Mukerji for Hichki, Vidya Balan for Tumhari Sulu, Deepika Padukone for Padmaavat, Alia Bhatt for Raazi, Bhanita Das for Village Rockstars, Keerthy Suresh for Mahanati, Tillotama Shome for Sir, Zaira Wasim for Secret Superstar
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