IFFM 2018 was a treat for the eyes. Many Bollywood celebrities got awarded for the hard work they have done and contributed towards Indian Cinema.
Rani had impressed her fans and everyone from the industry with her performance. She played the role of a woman who had Tourette's Syndrome in Hichki. She won two honours at the IFFM as she was also bestowed an 'Excellence In Cinema' award. Veteran actress Simi Garewal was looking elegant in her white dress. She gave the honour to Rani, who has been a part of the film industry for over two decades. Rani thanked her fans world over for loving her and her work through the years.
Hirani won the Best Director for Sanju. This movie was a biopic on the life of Sanjay Dutt. Raju also said that he is happy with the recognition for the movie and is excited about showcasing the movie at La Trobe University here, with Sanju co-writer Abhijat Joshi and actor Vicky Kaushal.
Vicky Kaushal also won the supporting actor honour for his well-deserved performance as Kamli in Sanju. Richa Chadha won an award for Love Sonia. The jury members for the fest, launched by Mitu Bhowmick Lange, comprised Simi Garewal, Sue Maslin, Jill Bilcock, Nikkhil Advani and Geoffrey Wright.
India's colourful and diverse culture was very much a part of the awards celebration as there were the beats of the dhol, performers dressed in traditional Indian classical attires, Odissi dance, Bhangra and more. Composers Sachin-Jigar added the chutzpah with some of their Bollywood tracks.
The inclusion-themed ninth edition of the gala gave a Diversity Award to Freida Pinto, who shot to fame and prominence first with her role in Oscar-winning drama Slumdog Millionaire. In her upcoming film Love Sonia, Freida is seen in a never-seen-before avatar.
Actor Ali Fazal, who was the jury of the short film competition, chose To-let as the Indian winner and the Australian winner was Found, which is on Islamophobia. Richa also gave away the IFFM Heroes Award, which celebrates real-life heroes who have done good deeds.
IFFM began on 10 August, as part of the celebrations, Rani on Saturday hoisted the Indian flag at the Federation House, which also became a stage for a dance competition, bringing the huge and diverse Indian community of Melbourne together -- denoting the unifying power of cinema.
The fest will end on 22 August.