The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), which is usually hosted in August annually since the last 10 years, is going virtual this year.

Though festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange had hoped to do a compact schedule at the original venue, the festival will now be hosted virtually between October 23 and October 30. The films will stream free at the official website of the festival.

Opening the virtual festival is the Vidya Balan-starrer Natkhat, which also marks the actor’s foray into production. The film is a confronting story of a mother teaching her young son about gender equality. Natkhat premiered on YouTube as part of the We Are One: A Global Film Festival.

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