Bollywood Film Festival to Launch Nationally in November


The inaugural BOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL will launch nationally on Thursday 2 November to Sunday 5 November 2023.

This is a brand-new celebration of Indian film in Australia, aligned with India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year – Diwali.

The program includes a curated selection of new and classic Bollywood titles including:

  • Kennedy – From the director of Gangs of Wasseypur, Ugly and Psycho Raman comes this crime drama about an insomniac ex-cop turned assassin looking for redemption.
  • Dug Dug – A religious satire that revolves around a motorbike in a village that is making ever-one’s dreams come true, if they pray and offer some alcohol to it.
  • To Kill a Tiger – The multi award winning documentary about one man’s fight for justice following the rape of his daughter in a country where rape is reported every 20 minutes.
  • Fire In the Mountains – Ajitpal Singh’s directorial debut tells the story of a mother’s battle to build a road in a Himalayan village to take her wheelchair-bound son for treatment.
  • Brand Bollywood Downunder – A documentary that delves beneath the colourful exterior of Hollywood’s biggest rival to discover the artistry, organised chaos, and politics that led to Bollywood taking Australia by storm.
  • Joram – A survival-thriller about a displaced indigenous man – Dasru – on the run with his three-month-old baby girl JORAM.

Bollywood Film Festival is programmed by Dendy Cinemas’ National Programming Manager, Andrew Perkin, who has previously had programming roles at the Capital Film Festival, Canberra International Film Festival, the Antenna Film Festival, and the Sydney Film Festival. Of the Bollywood Film Festival, he says: “As the ties between our

countries grow deeper, the opportunity to highlight the cultural significance of India through a cinematic lens is both timely and important. I am looking forward to showcasing some of the best of Bollywood in cinemas across


Bollywood Film Festival is pleased to announce HSBC as the official sponsor of the festival. HSBC is a proud partner of some of Australia’s leading arts and sporting organisations across the country and there could not be a more

perfect partner to support this cultural event.

Jessica Power, Head of Wealth and Personal Banking, HSBC Australia said: “We are excited to work with Dendy to bring the Bollywood Film Festival to life and we look forward to celebrating Diwali with our people, customers and clients.”

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