The Golden Jubilee edition of IFFI 2019 started in a dazzling ceremony
In the shining presence of two superstars of Indian cinema – Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth, the golden jubilee edition of the IFFI 2019 kick start at Panaji, Goa.After a long wait from people all across the world, 50th International FilmFestival of India kick started in all its glitz and glamour
Karan Johar hosted the Grand ceremony .Superstar of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan and the‘Thalaiva’ of Indian film industry Rajinikanth flagged off the show and announced the festival open. Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and other official dignitaries were also present on the show.Rajinikanth was conferred the ‘Icon Of Golden Jubilee Award’ for hisoutstanding contribution to Indian cinema, a first time award beginning withthe 50th edition of IFFI 2019. One of French cinema’s defining faces actress Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert was conferred with the Lifetime AchievementAward.
Prakash Javadekar while speaking at the inaugural ceremony said that single window system introduced by the government will attract more international filmmakers to shoot their films in India. “ India has lots of scenic and beautiful shooting sites for national and international films but shooting at these locations requires around 15-20 permissions. Government is now preparing for single-window arrangement which will take care of all the permissions and it will benefit places like Goa, Leh-Ladakh and Andaman & Nicobar,” he said.
Receiving the ‘Icon Of Golden Jubilee Award, Rajinikanth expressed his happiness to receive the prestigious award from Amitabh Bachchan. He dedicated the award to all the producers, directors and technicians who worked in his films, his fans and people of Tamil Nadu.
Amitabh Bachchan also expressed his happiness in being honored stated, “I have no words to express my gratitude to IFFI for honoring me and having a retrospective of my films.”
, Shri Amitabh Bachchan said, “ Films have always been an integral part of our social life. To have a festival of this magnitude in Goa exposes the Goans to what happens in the international world and also gives them an opportunity to meet and mix with people”.