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The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne today announced that this year’s festival will go ahead with dates rescheduled from August to late 2020 due to the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic.IFFM 2020’s program will be devised in line with public health guidance with plans for a compact schedule taking place over a week from October 30 to November 7. The festival is retaining the Short Film Competition and the popular dance competition (to be held on October 31, pending easing of restrictions) but the much anticipated IFFM Awards Gala will be postponed till 2021. More details of festival highlights will be announced shortly.

An exciting new innovation to the festival this year, in response to current challenges and opportunities, is the IFFM Film Club where fans of Indian movies can enrol for a virtual masterclass with leading filmmakers discussing their works in detail. This exciting new event is facilitated by noted journalist Rajeev Masand. Functioning like a book club, the festival asks participants to watch a classic film, and they then have an opportunity to discuss the film at the virtual film club with the filmmaker. The virtual talks are open for registration to festival-goers and accommodate 100 early bird users.

Previously, the festival has hosted masterclasses with acclaimed filmmakers including Rajkumar Hirani, Rani Mukerji, Karan Johar, Rima Das, Zoya Akhtar, Onir, Vijay Sethupathi, Nag Ashwin, Kabir Khan, and many others. With the launch of this year’s Film Club, IFFM continues to celebrate the spirit of diversity through cinema.

IFFM Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange said, “This is a uniquely intimate way for film lovers to stay engaged, entertained and educated while at home in these unprecedented times. We already have a strong line up of filmmakers from various parts of India. Well-known film journalist Rajeev Masand will moderate the session as he opens the film and its maker to a world of questions from curious fans.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said: “Social distancing doesn’t mean social disconnection and through the screen, we can continue to be inspired by stories and perspectives from across the globe. I applaud the Indian Film
Festival of Melbourne team for its commitment to continuing to bring the IFFM spirit to film lovers and for pivoting to a new model for 2020 in response to these challenging times.”

In 2019 the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne celebrated its tenth anniversary. In February this year pre-COVID, IFFM hosted an event in Mumbai where Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan awarded the four-year scholarship named after him to Gopika Kottantharayil Bhasi from Thrissur (Kerala), as a part of the festival’s long association with Melbourne’s La Trobe University. Now faced with restrictions and new opportunities the IFFM team is working hard to develop new exciting elements.

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“Very much in the country,” says Arjun Rampal busting fake news of him leaving the country after NCB summons : Trending News in India

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Over a week ago actor Arjun Rampal was summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB ) for the second time. After he was issued a summon, he requested the agency to grant him a week’s time before he appears before the officers. While seeking for some extra time, the actor cited personal reasons.

Recently there were reports doing the rounds that suggested that Rampal had left the country after seeking for extra time. On Saturday, he took to his Twitter handle to clarify that he is very much in the country and is busy with his professional commitments. “Very much in the country, in fact just doing promotions for #nailpolish I guess some news channels have become travel agents.. lol #FakeNews,” he wrote.

Arjun Rampal was first summoned by the NCB in November after they conducted a raid at his place. Although a few drugs were recovered from his place, they had a proper prescription in place for the same and he was given a clean chit for them.

Rampal was questioned by the agency for seven hours on November 13. He was interrogated after his Australian friend Paul Bartel was arrested in a drug-related case. Reportedly, Bartel was in contact with Arjun Rampal’s partner Gabriella Demetriades brother Agisialos Demetriades. Meanwhile, Agisialos who was arrested in October was granted bail on Tuesday by a special narcotics court.

ALSO READ: “The best is yet to come,” writes Gabriella Demetriades wishing partner Arjun Rampal along with family pictures

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Scoop: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone drop in on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi set to celebrate 5 years of Bajirao Mastani : Trending News in India

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On the night of December 18, Sanjay Leela Bhansali had surprise visitors. Bollywood’s most adored couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone dropped unannounced to celebrate five years of Bajirao Mastani.


For those who came in late, Bajirao Mastani was a turning point for both Deepika and Ranveer. Their careers went to another level after this film. Hence, it was no surprise that they remembered their Bajirao Mastani director on the day when the blockbuster historical
celebrated five years since release.

Says an eyewitness, “Sanjay had no idea that they were going to show up. In fact, he was so busy shooting Gangubai Kathiawadi that when they did show up one set at Film City. He was completety taken aback. Sanjay met Ranveer and Deepika for the first time since the lockdown. They met warmly, though no hugs. Just smiles.”

A cake was brought on the set to celebrate the occasion. Ranveer ans Deepika were in their element. They spent a good hour on the set with their favourite director (with whom they have done three films) before waving a reluctant goodbye.

Also Read: “We knew some kind of magic was happening”, says Sanjay Leela Bhansali on 5 years of Bajirao Mastani

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Actress Mrunal Thakur recently wrapped up the shoot of her upcoming film Jersey co-starring Shahid Kapoor. The actress will next start shooting for Ram Madhvani’s directorial Dhamaka alongside Kartik Aaryan. However, before she starts filming Dhamaka, she will be doing a music video with T-Series.

Reportedly, Mrunal will star in the next music video by T-Series along with Guru Randhawa. The reports state that the actress will be seen in a glamorous avatar in the heartbreaking song. The music video will be directed by Ashish Panda who has helmed T-Series songs like ‘Humnava Mere’ and ‘Meri Aashiqui.’ The tem will be shooting in the picturesque location of Kashmir in the first week of January.

This will be the first time that Mrunal and Guru will be seen together. Guru was last seen in the recently released song ‘Nach Meri Rani’ composed by Tanishq Bagchi and featuring Nora Fatehi. On the other hand, Mrunal last featured in T-Series’s party number ‘Gallan Goriyan’ with John Abraham.

Meanwhile, according to reports, Ashish Panda is directing three music videos for T-Series next month. The second track is with Jubin Nautiyal and features B Prak’s ‘Dil Todke’ fame Abhishek Singh and Samreen Kaur. The third song is said to be with Yaariyaan actor Himansh Kohli. They plan to shoot all three songs between January 4 and 12.

ALSO READ: “It’s a scary situation but the burden on people is far more frightening” – says Mrunal Thakur as she heads to Chandigarh for final schedule of Jersey

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