The 69th Australian International Movie Convention hosted the annual Box Office Achievement Awards at Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino and awarded the ‘Highest Grossing Foreign Language Film’ to Dhoom: 3, produced by India’s premier Studio Yash Raj Films and distributed in Australia by Mind Blowing Films.
The highest-grossing movies within the previous 12 month period have been recognised through these awards since 1994. In recent years, the movies that have won the Highest Grossing Foreign Language Film category were:
2013 – The Intouchables
2012 – The Women On The 6thFloor
2011 – The Girl Who Played With Fire
2010 – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
2009 – Coco Avant Chanel
Dhoom: 3 is in great company indeed.
The Director of Dhoom 3 – Vijay Krishna Acharya thanked the Australian audience and said, “The response and success of the film is extremely gratifying and humbling. I’d like to thank the Australian audience who made this possible. And I shall certainly be filming in your beautiful and unique country for one of my next ventures. I’d love to film in Australia for one of my next ventures.”
Yash Raj Films Vice President – International operation: Avtar Panesar mentioned the team’s journey of more 10 years since they entered Australian film market while thanking HOYTS and Mind Blowing Films for their contribution towards this extraordinary success. “From a territory that released Hindi films in 1 or 2 ghettoised theatres just over a decade ago, to partnering with a cinema chain with a vision – Hoyt’s and to being bestowed with this wonderful honour, the journey of Indian cinema in Australia has been very rewarding and fruitful. On behalf of YRF, I thank our local Distributors Mind Blowing Films, our exhibition partners HOYTS and most of all the people of Australia – You all made it possible.”
On receiving the award, Mind Blowing Films company director Mitu Bhowmick Lange commented: “It’s an honour and absolute delight to receive this award. This is the first time that an Indian film has won this prestigious award which makes it even more special. With the growing popularity of Bollywood films overseas, Dhoom: 3 receiving the highest grossing foreign language film is yet another achievement on global platform for Indian Film Industry.. My heartfelt thank you Australia for embracing Indian cinema.”
HOYTS General manager- Programming & Content, Michele Garter said: “HOYTS would like to congratulate Yash Raj Films, Mitu Bhowmick Lange and John Molloy of Mind Blowing Films on receiving the Rentrak Coca Cola award for highest grossing foreign language film of 2013 for Dhoom: 3 in the Australian market . HOYTS looks forward to continued success working with Mind Blowing Films screening highly anticipated Bollywood films in Australia”
About the Australian International Movie Convention
The Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC) is the premier event to showcase the Australian film industry and provide opportunities for industry stakeholders to reflect upon and shape the issues that affect the business of motion pictures, and to network with local and international colleagues. The Australian International Movie Convention is held annually on the Gold Coast, Queensland and hosted by NACO, the National Association of Cinema Operators – Australasia.