`Peepli Live` premiere draw thousands in Melbourne

Melbourne: Thousands of Indians along with locals flocked to get a glimpse of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan at the premiere of his latest home production `Peepli Live` here.

The 45-year-old actor was here yesterday to promote his latest film at the ongoing Melbourne International Film Festival 2010.

The film is being featured along with other four Bollywood films under a special category called `Not Quite Bollywood.`

Prior to the special screening of the film, Aamir wearing a silken Indian outfit also attended a special reception organised by the Victorian government.

Innovation Minister Gavin Jennings joined by community leaders and film industry representatives welcomed the superstar.

"India is the largest film producing country in the world producing up to 1,000 films a year, more than Hollywood. We`re excited the filmmakers have chosen Melbourne for the Australian premiere of `Peepli Live`, allowing Australian audiences to see the film before it screens in India," Jennings said.

"Victoria and India have a long and successful relationship when it comes to turning movie dreams into screen magic including the recent films shot here `Orange` and `Chak De India!," he added.

Helmed and written by Anusha Rizvi in her first directorial venture, the film is a satire on the urban and rural divide and subsequent media and political response in India.

"Victorian audiences have embraced Bollywood and Indian cinema, and are keen to learn more about India, thanks to Victoria`s growing local Indian community and India`s role as a film powerhouse," Jennings said.

`Peepli Live` stars Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghubir Yadav, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Naseeruddin Shah and Malaika Shenoy in key roles.


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