Bollywood Badshah to be guest of honor at Indian Film Festival Melbourne

 ‘Badshah of Bollywood’ or ‘King Khan’, as he is referred to, having appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films till date, is all set to lead the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne as the chief guest to celebrate ‘courage’ as its central theme.

The Indian Film Festival Melbourne is back for its 10th edition in the cultural city. Shah Rukh Khan feeling honoured and delighted to accept the invitation said, “An industry of our magnitude and diversity deserves to be celebrated with great passion and fervour, which is what the festival embodies”.

“I’m particularly pleased with the theme of the festival this year which is courage, an emotion that resonates with storytellers who really have the might to change the society and the world. I have had great memories of shooting for ‘Chak De! India’ in Melbourne and look forward to being back again, this time to celebrate Indian cinema,” the actor said in a statement.

Khan will open the IFFM on August 8 along with the other festival guests and in the company of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange.

Andrews said he is looking forward to having the Indian actor as part of the festival. “This event has grown significantly over the past decade and with the extraordinary Shah Rukh Khan here, this year’s festival is shaping up to be the biggest and most exciting yet,” he added. Khan is looking forward to being back to Melbourne to celebrate Indian cinema. Earlier, several actors like Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor have remained a part of the film festival. On the work front, Khan is busy with shooting for Ted Talks on Star Plus. Just like the first season, the actor will be hosting the second season.

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