Aussies get a dose of Bollywood.
The second Goat Island Film Festival celebrating Indian cinema opened in Sydney in late November.
The 10-day annual festival was inaugurated by the mayor of Sydney, Councillor Frank Sartor.As many as 25 Indian and Australian films are being screened during the festival.
Praising the contribution of Bollywood, artistic director Peter Castaladi stated, "the incredible value and influence of this unique and independent production culture is being felt throughout the world cinema. As long as Bollywood survives, the health of world cinema will survive. They have kept Hollywood at bay, reaffirming that they know and understand how to entertain not only Indians, but people the world over".
Besides cinema, an exhibition of 119 cartoons drawn by well-known Indian cartoonists R.K. Laxman, Abu Abraham, Mario Miranda, Ajit Ninan and Shankar are also on display.