Bollywood and Beyond fest to screen Vidya Balan retrospective

MUMBAI: The 10-day Indian Film Festival (IFF) 2011: Bollywood and Beyond will host a Vidya Balan retrospective. Films that will comprise the retrospect would be Heyy Babyy, Parineeta, Ishqiya and No One Killed Jessica among others.

The festival kicked off on 12 March with the screening of the Vidya Balan, Rani Mukerji- starrer No One killed Jessica and the British film West is West.

Other films that will be screened are Rituparno Ghosh‘s Bengali film Abohomaan and Ananth Mahadevan‘s Marathi film Mee Sindhutai Sapkal. Also screening would be Collin John D‘Cunha’s short film Mumbaikar Ganesh.

Says festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange, "This year we‘ve made a conscious effort to bring you films that eloquently express a new sophistication in contemporary Indian cinema; a hugely exciting seismic, cultural shift that must be shared. The aim is to showcase just how absolutely versatile and unique is our film industry. We have ventured beyond Bollywood to include some of the finest regional films."

The festival will screen films in Sydney (9 to 19 March), Melbourne (11 to 20 March) and Adelaide (22 to 29 March).

The festival will closes with producer-actress Juhi Chawla and director Onir‘s I Am, a film that explores the issues of homosexuality, prostitution and child abuse.

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