Kabir Khan, Imtiaz Ali, Rima Das and Onir come together for “My Melbourne”, a diversity film

Filmmakers Kabir Khan, Imtiaz Ali, Rima Das and Onir have joined hands to create four shout movies on themes of race, disability, sexuality and gender.The four short movies will be complied into one film. The title of the movie will be “My Melbourne”. The movie will premiere at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) next year.

The filmmakers will be working with selected Victorian filmmaking teams from Victoria, Australia. They will mentor and then shoot the films.


This exciting initiative gives Victorian screen practitioners a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with some of the world’s best filmmakers and also develop relationships with them. I am delighted and thrilled that IFFM has secured four of India’s most diverse voices of independent cinema for these workshops and the creation of four short films on the core values of IFFM – diversity and inclusivity,” said IFFM Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange.

Each of the four teams will be allotted a budget and will be asked for a creative and original script. The four filmmakers will do workshop and develop the selected stories and oversee pre-production with the teams via Zoom call. Once travel restrictions are lifted, they will travel to Melbourne to shoot the films.

All the four filmmakers are excited to be a part of this project. Imtiaz Ali said the last few months have been “full of life lessons” for people and for one to move ahead, it is important to look at the stories of identity.

Such a pattern has been followed before in Bollywood, where four directors create short films and compile it into one. Some examples are, “Lust Stories” and “Ghost Stories”.