Rajkumar Hirani, Vicky Kaushal, Rani Mukerji and others attended Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Meanwhile, Twitter launches special emoji for Akshay Kumar’s film Gold.
Pics: Indian Film Festival of Melbourne begins; Rajkumar Hirani, Vicky Kaushal and others attend
Tabrez Noorani's film on sex trafficking "Love Sonia" today officially started the 12-day-long Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM). Bollywood actor Rani Mukerji, film director Rajkumar Hirani, Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadha, Noorani, Freida Pinto and Ali Fazal are here to attend the festival.
The festival will screen over 60 films in 22 languages over the next two weeks.
Speaking on the occasion, Australian Minister of Creative Industry, Martin Foley said, "This year's festival is expected to attract more than 35,000 people to events across Melbourne, bringing together diverse communities through a shared love of film."
"Alongside the film program, there are plenty of ways to get involved from masterclasses to the perennially popular Bollywood Dance Competition," he added.
Gold: Twitter launches special emoji for Akshay Kumar and Mouni Roy starrer
Twitter today launched a special emoji for Bollywood star Akshay Kumar's upcoming film "Gold", which is scheduled to release on Independence Day. People will be able to tweet about the film with GoldMovie or #Gold2018 to use the specially designed emoji curated by Twitter.
The emoji appears next to the hashtag in the Tweet and is inspired by India's first Olympic gold medal. It will be active until August 16.
Vishal Ramchandani, Head of Marketing at Excel Entertainment, said in a statement, "The #Gold team is excited about the collaboration with Twitter, adding colour to conversations and allowing people to connect to the movie through the #GoldMovie, #FeelingOfGold and #UniteForGold."
Keya Madhvani Singh, Head of Entertainment Partnerships, Twitter India, said they are excited about the collaboration with "Gold" team.
Shahid Kapoor is all praises for Ishaan Khatter, says he doesn't need my support
Shahid Kapoor said that his half brother Ishaan Khatter, who is basking in the success of his second film "Dhadak", is such a good actor that he doesn't need his support. Talking about why he was missing from the film promotions of "Dhadak", Shahid said, "I was shooting for 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu' when the trailer of 'Dhadak' was launched I saw it on my phone... Ishaan is such a good actor that he doesn't need my support. He is fine without me.''
"He did not call me for the success party. I saw the photos on Instagram. I wasn't invited, I messaged him today after watching his after-party pictures. I messaged him saying thanks for letting me know and he replies, 'I wasn't sure if I want to call anybody'," he added.
Dharmendra happy with Bobby Deol's Bollywood comeback
Dharmendra said that he is extremely happy to see his actor son Bobby Deol bouncing back in Bollywood with "Race 3". Bobby, who made his debut with" Barsaat", went through a bad phase before making his comeback with the Salman Khan-starrer.
He will next be seen in "Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se" alongside brother Sunny Deol and Dharmendra. "We all have ups and downs. It is important to come up. It is because of the good wishes of fans that he is back. Life is to fight. As actors, it is our job to keep trying hard to work. Today doing exercise has become his routine, he is always in the gym," Dharmendra told reporters here at the trailer launch of the film.
(With IANS/PTI Inputs)