The Australian premier of Alankrita Srivastava's film Lipstick Under My Burkha has kicked off at the eight edition of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne for the year 2017. The festival aims to highlight the extreme changes by means of films that will be inspiring stories and experiences. The show will also include short films based on true inspiring stories and experiences of the guests present at the festival. The festival is set to feature about 60 Bollywood Films along with the Indie films and Short films which will be of different languages. These films are from India and the sub continent which will also include the thirty Australian premieres.
The festival kicked off with an official opening in the presence of the festival director Mitu Bhowmick and the special guests were the team from the film Lipstick Under My Burkha, namely Konkana Sen the leading star and the filmmaker Alankrita Srivastava who lit the ceremonial lamp.
Besides screening of the film at the festival there will be several special events that would include the flag hoisting event and Telstra Bollywood Dance competitions , and a special awards night.Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been invited to be hoist the Indian National Flag at the Melbourne's Iconic Federation Square which is the Pulse Point.She will be the first Indian Woman to be doing this honour. The actress will also be felicitated by the Government on the night of August 11th 2017 for her contribution to Global Cinema at the Westpac IFFM Awards Night.
Among the other guests list from Bollywood who will be attending this prestigious festival are filmmaker Karan Johar, Actors Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkummar Rao, Adil Hossain , Malaika Arora , Nitesh Tiwari , Vikram Phadnis and Rajeev Masand to name a few.Vidya Balan is the brand ambassador at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne . The previous year had 51 films documented which the festival showcased which were from different parts of India, Bangla Desh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia . The year also marked the great success and the theme of Women Empowerment.