Panjim: The much-awaited 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) got off with enthralling cultural performances amidst a dazzling ceremony celebrating the joy of cinema.
The Opening Ceremony of Asia’s oldest and India’s biggest film festival was hosted by actor, author and film-producer Tisca Chopra and became further illuminated by the dazzling presence of eminent film-maker Priyadarshan Nair and noted actor Sudeep who was Chief Guest, among other celebrated film personalities. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, among other dignitaries, attended the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Sudeep, also known as Kichha Sudeep said, “Let Cinema be the new pandemic”.
He said, “Cinema is one fraternity that, from one seat, takes you all around the world, gets you the knowledge, gets you closer to the culture of every fraternity across the world.”
Addressing the audience, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said 600 international entries and 190 Indian entries were received this year.
Javadekar announced, on the occasion of 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the two countries were together making a film titled Bangabandhu.
Veteran Actor and Director Biswajit Chatterjee had been conferred Indian Personality of the Year Award, he announced.
”Unlike other countries, India had multiple favourable destinations for shooting. Hence, we need to promote ‘Shoot in India’,” the minister said.
In the context of Film Bazaar, the Union Minister said, ”Film is not only a source of entertainment, but also a big market. Human being is an imaginative being; films which appeal to the imagination make us laugh, cry and make us one, united in the story. If the story is told well, the film will become popular.”
The Minister said,”We will make a beginning to private participation in film festival, from 52nd IFFI. The 51st edition of IFFI will run on seven screens, and lakhs of mobiles and TVs and will reach the whole world.”