Abhishek Bachchan, Kapil Dev to hoist tricolour at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Abhishek Bachchan and Kapil Dev will hoist the tricolour at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2022. This is to mark the 75th Independence Day.

Abhishek Bachchan and Kapil Dev will hoist the Indian tricolour at IFFM.

Making India proud on the Australian soil, Abhishek Bachchan and former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev will hoist the Indian flag at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2022 (IFFM). The act is to mark the 75th Independence Day. Both of them have been invited as the key guests. IFFM 2022 is coming back after a gap of two years owing to the novel coronavirus pandemic.


Abhishek Bachchan, who will be at IFFM as one of the key guests, said that it is a huge honour for him to be invited to participate in the event. “It gives me great honour to be a part of the 75th year celebrations of Indian Independence in Melbourne. It’s a matter of pride for me to hoist the Indian National Flag in the iconic Federation Square. It’s an event where Indians from all across Australia, from all different backgrounds, will come together to celebrate India at 75. This is a mark of the friendship between Australia and India.”

The actor further said, “To share this platform with Kapil sir is momentous for me and the event is also a mark of the coming together of cinema and cricket, two things that have often united us Indians together. Looking forward to celebrating India, Indians and the spirit of our country amongst hundreds of people who will be in attendance to celebrate this landmark moment and event.”


Abhishek Bachchan has a big fan base in Australia. Producer Mitu Bhowmik Lange said, “India is completing 75 years of independence and this event is a mark to celebrate this landmark moment. We are ecstatic to have Kapil Dev and Abhishek Bachchan jointly come together this year to do the honors of hoisting the Indian tricolour. It’s a mark of the friendship that our country celebrates with Australia and with these two icons coming together is the perfect amalgamation of cinema and cricket.”


IFFM will be taking place, physically and virtually, from August 12-20. After the Covid-19 pandemic, this is the first time that IFFM has come with its physical event. It is one of the biggest Indian film festivals that takes place outside of India and is also the only Indian film festival backed by the Australian government. The film festival will showcase more than 100 critically acclaimed movies. The festival will also be opened with Taapsee Pannu’s Dobaaraa which has been directed by Anurag Kashyap.

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