Festival Ambassador Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan isn't just Indian cinema's golden girl, she is also IFFM's secret weapon. On screen she has transformed the portrayal of women for an audience of over a billion people and won countless awards doing it, including the prestigious Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honours, the National Film Award, and the Pride of India award. In 2013, Vidya was a member of the Cannes Film Festival Jury along with Steven Spielberg and Nicole Kidman.

We could not be luckier, more proud or more grateful, to have Vidya as the Ambassador for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
Message from Vidya Balan
"Namastē Melbourne! It is with great pride that I represent this wonderful festival that, in my humble opinion, helps to encourage greater understanding between our two countries. Melbourne has been wonderful to me and I am overjoyed to return the favour.

We aim to keep the festival fresh each year and I am very excited about the new IFFM Awards. This isn't just because I'm campaigning for a future award, I promise! It is a proud moment for Indians at home to see our film industry recognised around the world like this and Australian recognition is particularly lovely.

So thank you to IFFM and the Victorian Government for this opportunity. I hope you have a magical time, whether at the special events or at the cinema, enjoying these unique and very special festival."
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