Nachiket Samant's 'Habaddi' to open the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2020

Several Marathi films from ‘Yere Yere Pavsa’ to ‘Karkhanisanchi Waar’ have made it to various previous International film festivals, joining the league director Nachiket Samant’s ‘Habaddi’ has also made its way to open the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2020.

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne which is hosted in August annually, year on year since the last 10 years, is looking at going virtual this year.

Though the festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange had hoped to do a compact schedule at the original venue, keeping in mind the threat of the pandemic the festival will now be hosted virtually between October 23 and 30.

The film ‘Habbadi’ traces the story of a young boy with a speech impediment, being true to IFFM’s core value of Celebrating Diversity through Cinema.

Lange said in a statement, “It’s an unusual time that the world is going through and now more than ever before, cinema has been people’s support system and respite through fairly dark times. IFFM stands strong in its spirit to entertain movie buffs across the world and hope that we heal a little together.”