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Spotlight on Indian movies at Melbourne film fest

New Delhi: "Peepli Live", "Ishqiya" and "Love Sex Aur Dhokha" will be amongst the films screened at the ongoing Melbourne International Film Festival`s (MIFF) section Not Quite Bollywood.

The event that started Thursday will also screen other Indian movies like Aparna Sen`s "The Japanese Wife" and Umesh Kulkarni`s "The Well" at the festival, co-presented by the Australia India Institute.

"Australian audiences have embraced Bollywood and Indian cinema in recent years. With the growing Indian diaspora in Australia, Australians are hungry to learn more about India and its diverse cultures," Lachlan Strahan, acting Australian high commissioner to India, said in a statement about the event that started Thursday.

"This festival, alongside the Australian Film Festivals we have held in India recently, offer a great prism through which Australia and India can learn more about each other," he added.

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan will be on hand to present his production venture "Peepli Live" Aug 6. Directed by debutante Anusha Rizvi, the movie is a satire on the farmer suicides and subsequent media and political response in the country.

Dibakar Banerjee and Priya Sreedharan from "Love, Sex aur Dhoka" and "Ishqiya" director Abhishek Chaubey will also attend the fest that ends Aug 8.

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