Shah Rukh Khan, a veteran of more than a whopping 80 films, recently voiced the role of Mufasa in the Hindi version of Disney's remake this year of the Lion King movie. His first born son, Aryan voiced the role of Mufasa's son Simba. Khan opened the week-long prestigious Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, after he last visited the city to film a movie. Khan, who met film festival director Mitu Bhowmick on the set of the Chak! De India said Bhowmick was also accountable for what had grown into the largest Indian film festival in the southern hemisphere.
"As diverse as ... the Indian film industry is ... we feel it may have been localized but because of the diaspora, because of the second generations and third generations which have settled in Australia, through people like Mitu, Indian cinema has been taken all over the world," he expressed at the opening. "It's extremely gratifying. Also, it makes every Indian proud." He continues: “The 53-year-old King Khan informed the audience of the fact that distribution platforms had been changing his whole life. He also said that the Indian cinema industry would continue to evolve as distribution technology kept changing, and this would open up new and different ways for people to enter the industry as well as new and different ways for the audiences to enjoy consuming movies.
The screening event, known as Indian Film Festival Melbourne (IFFM) since the year 2012, is in its 10th year. This year it is all set to feature 60 films, starting with a screening of Bulbul Can Sing with the talented director Rima Das in attendance. It is scheduled to close on the 17th of August with a screening of Blinded by the Light, a musical comedy-drama by Gurinder Chadha, who is the director of hits such as Bend It like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice.