Despite The Gods Mallika Sherawat on the set of Hisss

Hungry for a taste of Indian culture? Well, you’re only a $1100 ticket away from the next plane to Mumbai – either that, or you could head to Melbourne’s Indian Film Festival between the 3rd and 15th of May.

No, Life of Pi will not be playing, instead you can view Raja Harishchandra, 100 years to the day from when it first screened and was accredited with birthing Indian cinema. Along with a host of Indian film alumni, you can catch the Bollywood Dance Competition in Federation Square on May 4th or fall privy to the opening of the Yash Chopra Cinema in La Trobe university’s newly renovated cinema space.

The festival will pay special tribute to the late Yash Chopra: the legendary film maker and festival patron, paying homage to the influence he has had on India’s best film makers and biggest stars. The festival will finish with the Australian premier screening of The Fundamentalist by Mira Nair, which has been selected to open the Venice Film Festival this year.

Don’t traverse the globe to find yourself in India, do it right here in Melbourne.

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