By Kabir M Ali

It was Bollywood’s biggest night in Melbourne, a night filled with amazing performances and celebrations.The prestigious awards night was held at the iconic Melbourne Recital Centre. The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne awards night that celebrates cinema from India and subcontinent kicked off with a powerful performance by Shalmali Kholgade, Suzzane D’mello, along with Pakistani singer Sara Haider for the noble cause of Woman Empowerment.
The very inspiring and empowering movie Parched won the award for the best Indie film, giving the Parched team another reason to celebrate the success of this movie. The fun-filled and family entertainer Kapoor and Sons directed by Shakun Batra won the award for the best movie. Rishi Kapoor and Fawad Khan who were present at the festival were overwhelmed and ecstatic about it.

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Sonam after wininng best actress award for Neerja
Fawad Khan, the Pakistani heartthrob who is currently making news with his impressive work in Bollywood, won the diversity award for his contribution to Indian and Pakistani Cinema. Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor, who needs no introduction, was bestowed the Indian Melbourne Film Festival Excellence in Cinema Award.

Rituparna Sengupta presenting award to Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazzudin Siddiqui and Sonam Kapoor won the Best Actor and Actress award for their work in the movie Neerja and Raman Raghav 2.0, respectively. Both the movies were screened at the event.

Rishi Kapoor
Attendees at the awards included Malaika Arora Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Anurag Kashyap, Rishi Kapoor, along with his wife Neetu Kapoor; Rituparna Sengupta, Richa Chadda, among others. Thee 10-day Indian Film Festival of Melbourne began on 11th August.