The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne came to a spectacular close with a primarily 600 strong audience giving a standing ovation to the closing night film - 'Bombay Talkies'!
Remarked IFFM festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange, "We could not have wished for a better closing night movie than Bombay Talkies, making its Australian debut only three days after receiving a gala screening in Cannes. The response to the screening has been beyond expectation."
An anthology of four short films by four of India's most exciting directors - Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar - 'Bombay Talkies' was the icing on the cake for the festival's own celebrations of 100 years of Indian cinema, and the packed audience ate it up.
"That was incredible. We saw aspects of India we rarely see, and could identify with every story," said one fan.
"It was a real eye-opener about India, and Indian cinema. The gay kiss was refreshing to see too! And the film extremely confronting, especially coming from a mainstream film maker like Karan Johar," said Leima Popal an avid Bollywood fan.
Following a long standing ovation, Aussies could be heard singing the "Bombay Talkies" song on their way out.