National Award winning Assamese filmmaker Rima Das’ Bulbul Can Sing has been selected as the opening film of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, which will commence on August 8. Shah Rukh Khan, who’s the chief guest at the festival this year, will present the film on the opening day.
The movie is a coming-of-age story set in a village in Assam, about three teenagers trying to come to terms with their sexual identities while dealing with the ideals and morals of the villagers.
It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2018 and also showed at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018.
“I love the enthusiasm and exuberance of an opening night. So excited that Bulbul Can Sing is the opening night film at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne,” Das said in a statement.
“The film has truly been special for me as a filmmaker. The response and appreciation we have received from across the places we have travelled to with the film, is also very special. I’m looking forward to the Australian premiere of the film and interacting with the audience there and having a conversation with them on cinema,” she added.
Das is best known for her movie Village Rockstars, an Assamese language film which won the National Award for Best Feature Film in India last year. It was India’s official entry to the Oscars.