Gritty Rani to be feted in Aus­tralia

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Ac­tress Rani Muk­erji will be hon­oured at the In­dian Film Fes­ti­val of Mel­bourne (IFFM), pre­sented by the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment in Aus­tralia, for her con­tri­bu­tion to cin­ema and for touch­ing upon a so­cial cause.

The ‘Ex­cel­lence in Cin­ema’ Award this year will be given to the ac­tress, whose film Hichki fo­cuses on over­com­ing a phys­i­cal chal­lenge with sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion and pos­i­tiv­ity.

“The power of cin­ema to spread im­por­tant so­cial mes­sages and en­act pos­i­tive changes is un­matched. As an ac­tor, I have been blessed to have got the chance to be a part of such amaz­ing films that have tried to make peo­ple sit up and think about so­ci­ety, the need to pre­serve hu­man lives and to value each in­di­vid­u­als dreams and as­pi­ra­tions,” Rani said in a state­ment.

She said it was hum­bling to be hon­oured by the pro­vin­cial govern­ment of Vic­to­ria in Aus­tralia for a role that called for in­clu­sion and equal­ity of all in­di­vid­u­als in our so­ci­ety.

“I’m thank­ful that my body of work has con­trib­uted to mak­ing pos­i­tive change. Hichki is a very spe­cial film for me and this hon­our as part of the colour­ful In­dian In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val of Mel­bourne makes it even more mem­o­rable,” she added.

In­clu­sion is the theme for IFFM this year, and Hichki - which delves on how a woman doesn’t let Tourette’s Syn­drome come in the way of her dreams - is a good fit.

IFFM Di­rec­tor Mitu Bhowmick Lang said: “Rani is a rare In­dian artiste who em­bod­ies the spirit of ‘in­clu­sion’ in her work and per­for­mances.

“Whether it is in films like Black or Hichki, she has cham­pi­oned the spirit of in­clu­sion.” – IANS

RECOG­NI­TION: The ‘Ex­cel­lence in Cin­ema’ Award will be given to Rani Muk­erji, whose film Hichki fo­cuses on over­com­ing a phys­i­cal chal­lenge.

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