University of Newcastle to hold Bollywood Film festival from May 8-9, 2015

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The School of Design, Communication and IT, University of Newcastle is organizing a two days event – Bollywood 101 Film Festival on 8th-9th May 2015.

On 8th May the film festival will take place at the Tower Cinema and on 9th May the film festival will be held at the Regal Cinema. The film festival is organized by Dr Vikrant  Kishore and Dr Susan Kerrigan.

The Bollywood 101 film festival is an attempt to bring Bollywood cinema and Indian documentary to the people of the Hunter region. The popularity of Bollywood cinema and Bollywood based events has touched the Hunter region in last few years, and Bollywood 101 film festival aims to bring both entertainment and meaningful cinema to the people. The curated films feature Indian national award winning films and documentaries.

Sunjay Sudhir, the Indian Consul General, Sydney, will open the Bollywood 101 Film on 8th May 2015. The festival at Tower Cinema (183-185, King Street, Newcastle) will feature three films namely, The Untold, Dancing to the Tunes of Bollywood II, and the Indian national award winning film – Queen.

The highlight of the festival will be the cultural performances by the local Newcastle groups such as Chakras Group, The Bam Bam Sistas and Sydney based Monsuum Dance group.

On May 9, the film festival will take place at the Regal Cinema (4 Moore Street, Birmingham Gardens). Two award winning Indian documentaries – The Rat Race and Shapath (Promise) and a Bollywood blockbuster film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (This Youth is Crazy) will be screened. There will be cultural performances by Chakras Group and The Bam Bam Sistas. The theme of the evening is Bollywood! So make sure you dress Bollywood style!

Dr Kishore states, “last year when we held the first edition of the Bollywood 101 Film festival, the aim was to get the Indians and Australians in and around the Hunter region interested in Bollywood cinema, and to start discussions around this powerful film industry. At the University of Newcastle, we have included Bollywood as one of the research units. The success of last year’s programme helped us to plan the second edition of the festival and symposium.”

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