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From Samantha, Tamannaah and Tapsi to Junior Bachchan, IFFM 2022 is here with a mesmerising line-up

This year being the 75th anniversary of India's Independence Day besides your favourite stars hoisting the Indian flag at Federation Square, there are several special events and guests planned with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

The 13th edition of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2022 program was officially launched by Festival Director, Mitu Bhowmick Lange at the Indian Consulate of Melbourne.

The IFFM 20222 will have the best of both in cinema and online, It will screen over 100 films in 25 languages and encompass a diverse range of subjects including gender identity, religion, caste, and poverty and continue to present films that showcase all aspects of culture from India and the Indian subcontinent.

There will be a strong female presence across IFFM this year with over a third of the program featuring films headlined by women.

Today the festival has announced one of its esteemed guests, Indian superstar Samantha Prabhu. Samantha is one of the most popular actresses in the Indian film industry and a respected philanthropist.

The festival will also welcome celebrated South Indian actress, Tamannaah Bhatia who will be one of the guest judges for the much-loved IFFM Dance Competition at Federation Square on Saturday 13 August.

Festival Director, Mitu Bhowmick Lange said, "After the unprecedented challenges faced over the last few years, we are so excited to bring the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne back to the big screen, along with our digital platform, ensuring viewers around Australia can access the festival too."

"This year we have a thought-provoking program of internationally acclaimed films that include a very special feature Ayena (Mirror), which also featured at the Budapest International Documentary Festival and looks at the aftermath of two very special acid attack survivors and their extraordinary spirit and friendship."

We are especially delighted to have the winner of the Jury Prize from the Cannes Film Festival, Joyland in our program. Our Opening night film, Dobaaraa is another wonderful inclusion, and we are very thrilled to welcome the team direct from the respected London Indian Film Festival," Ms Lange added.

The 2022 Festival has announced its dynamic program streams: Beyond Bollywood, Hurrah Bollywood, Documentaries, Short Films (Official Selection), Film India World, Films from the Subcontinent and Made in Melbourne.

Kicking off the program is the Hindi time-bending drama film, Dobaaraa, directed by one of India's best-known international directors, Anurag Kashyap and stars Taapsee Pannu and Pavail Gulati. The film will come directly from London after its highly successful premiere at the respected London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) and will feature as the Opening Night film for IFFM's Opening Night presented by Singapore Airlines.

Director, Anurag Kashyap said, "Excited to be showcasing our film and being elected as the opening night film for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Dobaaraa is a special film for me as a filmmaker and I'm looking forward to showcasing it on this platform."

"I have previously been to IFFM and have first-hand seen the unison with which Indian films and films from the subcontinent are celebrated and showcased with much vigour,"

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