The veteran actress Shabana Azmi will be hoisting the Indian national flag at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne’s Independence Day celebrations
The much talked about and the most eagerly awaited Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is now all set to take place from August 11 and will go on till August 20 of this year. We, at OTTplay, have been bringing you regular updates about the festival from time to time. The latest update about the same is that, the veteran Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi will be doing the distinguished honour of hoisting the Indian national flag on August 12, which is in commemoration of the Independence Day weekend in India.
Speaking about the opportunity to hoist the tricolour at ‘IFFM 2023’, Shabana Azmi, in a media statement, expressed her delight by saying, "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 heart-warming 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 presence of the amazing Indian community who live in Australia, is truly an experience I am excited to be part of”.
On the other hand, Mitu Bhowmick Lange (IIFM’s Festival Director), said in a media statement that, “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 honoured to have her join us in this celebration of cultural unity and artistic brilliance."