To celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, United Indian Association (UIA) organized a free ‘Movie Marathon’ day.
The day-long programme was held in Parramatta Park during which a variety of Indian movies were screened — from the era of black and white movies to the ones in technicolour, rom-coms to action thrillers, motivational stories to family dramas. And rather innovatively too – the movies were screened on a big truck with an LED screen on its side.
Michelle Rowland, MP and her team also attended the celebrations, along with 500 people including ex-UIA presidents and current UIA office-bearers, families, friends and the community at large.
Amarinder Bajwa, vice president of the Sikh Association, said, “It was a family day, filled with fun and entertainment. It was although the first attempt but people really liked it. It was a real tribute to the Indian cinema.”
To make the day more enjoyable, there were food stalls, coffee and tea stalls and drinks stalls for the people. Michelle Rowland and her team also distributed free orange-coloured balloons to the children, which added to the festivities. The UIA team had also organized a jumping castle for children.
“It was a lovely sunny day full of entertainment for the family. Everyone who attended enjoyed themselves thanks to some great movies and food,” says singer Shobha Ingleshwar, who entertained the audience with her melodious voice on the occasion. Everyone especially enjoyed her rendition of the evergreen number ‘Kabhi Aaar Kabhi Paar’. Besides Shobha, Rajiv Pain and Dheeraj sang popular movie songs.
The movie marathon started with Bollywood blockbuster Om Shanti Om. Other movies screened included ‘Hey Baby’, ‘Vishwaroopan’ and ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’.