The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), Considered as one of the largest film festivals in the across the globe, recently announced that the multi-talented versatile actor Rani Mukerji will be attending the event as the Chief Guest for this year.
As per tradition, the Chief Guest of the festival is the one who hoists the Indian national flag at Melbourne’s main public square. This year, the honour to hoist the flag will be given to Rani Mukerji who has also been nominated under the Best Actress category for an IFFM Award for her performance in the film Hichki.
According to a source close to the actor, Rani will hoist the flag in front of thousands of Indian- Australians and people from the Subcontinent Diaspora who throng Federation square just to see the hoisting of their national flag on Saturday August 11, just days before the Indian Independence day.
Taking into consideration the weekend, every year IFFM ensures to celebrate the Indian Independence week at the iconic landmark. She will be in the company of the High Commissioner of India in Australia and The Mayor of Melbourne.
On being the chief guest and hosting the flag, an overwhelmed Rani said “To unfurl the national flag is a matter of pride and great honour for every Indian and to be a part of such a prestigious occasion and do the honours outside your nation in a foreign land is even more special. I’m delighted ,honoured, extremely humbled that they have chosen me to do the honours this year. I am really looking forward to be there at Federation Square in the company of all the Indian-Australian people.”