The 14th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) kicked off with a grand inauguration by Karan Johar, Kartik Aaryan, Mrunal Thakur, and Vijay Varma. This festival, dedicated to celebrating the rich heritage of Indian cinema, is supported by the Victorian Government and cherished by Indian film enthusiasts worldwide. Running until August 20, IFFM serves as a global platform for cultural exchange and the appreciation of cinema.

One of the highlights of the festival’s opening night was the sports drama film “Ghoomer,” starring Abhishek Bachchan and Saiyami Kher, which received a standing ovation. Abhishek Bachchan expressed his gratitude for the world premiere of the film at IFFM and described “Ghoomer” as a labor of love. The film, directed by R Balki, holds a special place for him as it fulfills Balki’s long-standing dream. Abhishek Bachchan also highlighted the significance of creating a film dedicated to a sport he deeply loves, stating, “I don’t think there’s any better way of giving back to a game you love so passionately, by making a film dedicated to it.”

Directed by R Balki, “Ghoomer” features a talented ensemble cast including Abhishek Bachchan, Saiyami Kher, Shabana Azmi, and Angad Bedi. Scheduled to release on August 18, the film portrays Abhishek Bachchan as a coach whose life takes an unexpected turn when he crosses paths with Saiyami Kher’s character, a paraplegic sportsperson. Their intertwined journey unfolds amidst societal challenges and personal struggles, guided by R. Balki’s distinct storytelling prowess.

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The film promises to deliver a cinematic masterpiece that combines emotions, drama, and entertainment. It narrates an inspiring human triumph against all odds. As the curtains rose on its premiere, the audience was captivated by the enchanting narrative on screen. The film received overwhelming applause and a standing ovation, solidifying its position as a powerful cinematic creation at IFFM 2023.