Melbourne Current Affairs - 2020

Shah Rukh Khan awarded Excellence in Cinema award at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Indian Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan was felicitated with ‘Excellence in Cinema’ honour at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2019. He was felicitated at iconic Palais Theatre in Melbourne, which is one of city’s heritage landmarks.

Key Highlights

Shah Rukh Khan was also the chief guest at IIFM.

He was presented with the award by Linda Dessau, who is 1st female Governor of State of Victoria.

Festival paid tribute to actor’s continuous contribution to cinema and popular culture in India with award.

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM)

The festival will take place in between August 8 and August 15 and is organized by Victorian government, Australia.

The year 2019 marks 10th edition of the festival in the cultural city of Australia.

IIFM 2019 was celebrated with its central theme as “courage”.

During the festival more than 60 films from all across India and subcontinent in over 22 languages will be screened.

Australian Open 2019

Australian Open which is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis event concluded at Melbourne in Australia. Nicknamed as the happy slam, the Australian Open has grown to become the largest annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Grand Slam tennis events

Apart from Australian Open, Other Grand Slam tennis events are  French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.

Winners of the Australian Open 2019

The Winners of the Australian Open 2019 are:

  • Women’s Singles: Naomi Osaka of Japan.
  • Men’s Singles: Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
  • Women’s Doubles: Samantha Stosur of Australia and Zhang Shuai of China.
  • Men’s Doubles: Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of France.
  • Mixed Doubles: Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Rajeev Ram of the US.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia become the first man to win seven titles at Australian Open. The victory of Naomi Osaka of Japan cements her place as number one women singles player of the world.