The biggest celebration of Indian cinema outside of India, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is all set to start with its highly anticipated annual event from 11th to 20th August this year. The festival, as part of its grand celebrations, has announced that the esteemed Indian actress, Shabana Azmi will have the honor of hoisting the Indian national flag on 12th August morning, in commemoration of the Independence Day weekend in India.
Shabana Azmi is an iconic and well-known figure in Indian cinema who holds a prominent position in the hearts of movie enthusiasts across the globe. With her exceptional art, talent and profound performances, she has etched an indelible mark in the Indian film diaspora which has made her one of the most celebrated actresses of her time.
A recipient of five National Film Awards, her versatile roles in acclaimed films such as Sparsh, Arth, Masoom, City of Joy, Tehzeeb, and Midnight’s Children have no doubt won her numerous accolades and have also inspired a generation of actors and storytellers.
Speaking about the opportunity to hoist the tricolor at IFFM 2023, Shabana Azmi expressed her delight, stating, “I am happy to be a part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and deeply honoured to have been chosen to hoist the Indian national flag on this momentous occasion. IFFM has consistently showcased the incredible diversity and creativity of Indian cinema, and it is heartwarming to be part of such a prestigious event that brings our cinema to global audiences. This platform is even more special given our film R Balki’s, Ghoomer, is making its world premiere at the festival. To be given an opportunity to hoist our national tricolour in the presence of the amazing Indian community who live in Australia, is truly an experience I am excited to be part of”.
Director of the festival, Mitu Bhowmick Lange, said, “We are thrilled to have the privilege of welcoming the legendary actor Shabana Azmi to hoist the Indian national flag at our Independence Day Celebrations. Shabana Azmi’s remarkable contributions to Indian cinema and her unwavering commitment to storytelling have left an indelible mark on the film fraternity. Her presence at IFFM 2023 embodies the essence of our festival, which aims to showcase the rich tapestry of Indian cinema to global audiences. We are honored to have her join us in this celebration of cultural unity and artistic brilliance.”