Student speaks on the power of Indian cinema

Shivam Patil

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When Shivam Patil thinks of the unstoppable power of storytelling, he thinks of Indian cinema.

“Indian storytelling is transcending borders and captivating global audiences with its compelling narratives, marking a significant shift towards globalization in the film industry,” says the Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication student and Indian actor.

The industry, and its capacity to transcend borders, was the focus of his recent talk, “Indian Storytelling for International Audiences," hosted by CineVic, Victoria’s filmmaker association.

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Shivam Patil, left, spoke on Indian cinema’s capacity to transcend borders at his talk hosted by CineVic. Pictured centre, is organizer and fellow MAIIC student, Dannie Wang.

“Movies such as RRR have a transformative impact,” Patil says of the epic period action drama. “Their storytelling techniques bridge the gap between reality and fantasy, rendering them pertinent to audiences worldwide.” 

"Notably, the song "Naatu Naatu" from that film made history by clinching the title of the first Indian film song to win an Oscar, highlighting the global impact and recognition of Indian cinema's artistic contributions," Patil says.

Utilizing trailers from mainstream hits like Gully Boy and acclaimed independent films such as The Lunchbox, attendees delved into the nuances of Indian cinema.

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Indian storytelling is becoming more powerful today with movies on certain subjects being made which would be considered independent movies in any other film industry in the world, says Patil­.

Prominent Indian filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, known for his visually stunning and emotionally charged films, made Gangubai Kathiawadi on the sensitive subject of prostitution, taking on a challenging topic that also turned it into a commercially successful venture, Patil says. 

"This feat speaks volumes about the Indian film industry’s ability to blend artistic integrity with commercial viability."


Shivam Patil is known for his roles in various Indian films such as Nasha and Ghayal Once Again.

In collaboration with CineVic, Indian Storytelling for International Audiences was organized by Dannie Wang, also a student of the MAIIC program.

With thanks to Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication student Beerinder Singh for preparing this story.