A NIGHT of film, culture and all things Bollywood launched Newcastle’s first Bollywood Film Festival and International Conference last night.
The event continues today with the conference, ‘‘Bollywood and Its Others’’ and is running in conjunction with the University of Newcastle.
Member of staff and event convener Dr Vikrant Kishore said the Bollywood 101 film festival, held at Tower Cinema, aimed to include the wider community.
‘‘It was a chance for people to experience Bollywood films with more serious themes, to see that the films are about more than just song and dance.
‘‘There is an increasing Indian community in the Hunter and a growing need for mutual understanding and integration.’’
The conference features academics and film professionals from India and Australia discussing Bollywood cinema.
The conference begins at 9am at the University of Newcastle ICT building.