Special screenings and Q&As

14 – 20 August, 2023

Welcome to the Screening section of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), where the silver screen comes to life with an eclectic mix of films from India and the subcontinent.

From adrenaline-pumping Bollywood blockbusters to poignant and thought- provoking dramas and documentaries, our diverse range of films is designed to captivate and inspire audiences. Our expert team has handpicked each movie to offer a glimpse into the vibrant cultural tapestry of India.

Get ready to discover the next generation of filmmakers and immerse yourself in the spellbinding magic of Indian cinema. Our screenings are not only an opportunity to be entertained but also to be enlightened. After select screenings, join us for engaging Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors, as they provide exclusive insights into their craft.

Satyaprem Ki Katha Q&A with Kartik Aaryan

Experience the tender and emotion-packed Satyaprem Ki Katha alongside Kartik Aaryan himself, then have the chance to meet the rising global superstar of Indian cinema and hear his insights to the film.

9:30 PM, Wednesday, 9th August | HOYTS District Docklands

Pine Cone Q&A with Onir

A leader in LGBTQIA+ cinema in India, Onir returns with an Australian premiere of his latest feature film Pine Cone, a celebration of queer life, love, and resilience. Join Onir to discuss the importance of authentic queer representation on screen.

6:30 PM, Sunday, 13th August | HOYTS Docklands

Wonder Women Q&A with Anjali Menon

Join talented and remarkable director Anjali Menon for a thoughtful and warm conversation about sisterhood, storytelling, and all things related to her film Wonder Women.

7:00 PM, Monday, 14th August | HOYTS Docklands

Agra Q&A with Mohit Agarwal

With a successful world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, experience Agra alongside actor Mohit Agarwal. Learn all about the filmmaking process and join the conversion on key contemporary issues that the film grapples with including gender and sexual repression.

7:00 PM, Tuesday, 15th August | HOYTS Docklands

Q&A with Fatima

From the harrowing but hopeful documentary Fatima, meet Fatima herself — a woman who escaped a life of sex trafficking at the Indo-Nepali border and now fights for justice to bring hope to the next generation of young, vulnerable girls.

7:15 PM, Wednesday, 16th August | HOYTS Docklands


Lord Curzon Ki Haveli Q&A with the Team

Be a part of the world premiere of Lord Curzon Ki Haveli (Curzon’s Manor) with the team to celebrate this exciting black comedy thriller, a homage to the legendary Hollywood filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Hear from director Anshuman Jha, and actors Arjun Mathur and Paresh Pahuja as we warmly welcome this special film into the world.

6:30 PM, Thursday, 17th August | HOYTS Docklands

Karparaa Q&A with Vignesh Kumulai

Join director Vignesh Kumulai to discuss the creation and themes of the Tamil film Karparaa, unpacking elderly neglect, family and loneliness.

7:00 PM, Thursday, 17th August | HOYTS Chadstone

Tora's Husband Q&A with Rima Das

Meet award-winning director Rima Das to learn all about her unique process of creating her latest film Tora's Husband, a sensitive portrait of family, loss, and lockdowns.

6:00 PM, Friday, 18th August | HOYTS Docklands

All India Rank Q&A with Varun Grover

Experience the Australian premiere of the slice-of-life, coming-of-age dramedy All India Rank, Varun Grover’s directorial debut. Meet the director Varun Grover — a multi-talented writer, celebrated comedian and award-winning lyricist.

9:30 PM, Friday, 18th August | HOYTS Docklands

Tara The Singing Anklet Q&A with Tara Rajkumar OAM

Join in for the World Premiere of Tara The Singing Anklet, a documentary film that sketches the artistic connections between India and Australia through the eyes of Tara Rajkumar who spent over 65 years of her life immersed in art​, and who will be present herself ​t​o delve into her journey ​d​uring the post-screening Q&A session.

1:35 PM, Sunday, 20th August | HOYTS District Docklands

Q&A with Bhagwan Bharose director Shiladitya Bora

Meet director Shiladitya Bora at the Australian premiere of Bhagwan Bharose (Best Film of UK Asian Film Festival 2023) and delve into the film’s themes of growing up and questioning faith amidst socio-political changes.

Friday, 18th August | HOYTS Docklands

Q&A with Ghaath (Ambush) producer Shiladitya Bora

Join producer Shiladitya Bora as Ghaath has its Australian premiere and discover Bora’s experience working with a film that tackles conflicting political ideologies, Maoist-affected jungles and tribal communities.

Friday, 18th August | HOYTS Docklands

Q & A with Ghaath Team

The lead actress of No Land's Man, Megan Mitchell will be heading to Melbourne for a special screening and Q&As for the film!

7PM | Tuesday, 16th August | HOYTS Melbourne Central

Q & A with Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani Team

The lead actress of No Land's Man, Megan Mitchell will be heading to Melbourne for a special screening and Q&As for the film!

7PM | Tuesday, 16th August | HOYTS Melbourne Central