Panaji, November 29 (GCCurrentAffairs): On the occasion of closing ceremony of 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Town and Country Planning Minister and Goa Forward Party President Vijai Sardesai said indicated that he will take forward what Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has started.
“The Goa journey of IFFI started with the vision of one man, our Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who pulled out all stops, as he does, to ensure that the first edition of IFFI in 2004, became the pride of the nation,” Sardesai said in his speech.
“And Panjim in particular, along with the state got an infrastructural uplift, which still allows us to conduct this festival so smoothly and maintain standards which befit such an event,” he said.
“The original intention was also to make Brand Goa international. Brand Goa was there before IFFI but today it has become international & IFFI is one of the reasons for it. As we move forward, this will only get better,” he added.
Sardesai said that starting with its 35th edition in 2004, Goa became a permanent home of the International Film Festival.
“The choice was not hard to fathom. Panjim, nestled on the banks of the Mandovi, in a town where the vestiges of its architectural and quaint past merges with the infrastructural modernity of the present, IFFI could not have found a better place to drop anchor,” he added.
The GFP leader said Goa has always been on every Indian film maker’s mind. And many approach films with the Goa state of mind.
“Celebrate life, music, art, culture, food.. call it the romance of life. This is what draws over a million people to our sunny state,” he said.
“But without hesitation, one will say that that the presence of the Indian and International film fraternity and the participation of film lovers, both locally and our guests from outside, and then of course the film students who will one day, I am sure bring their acclaimed films to this IFFI, is what makes this festival, such a resounding success year after year,” Sardesai added.
The leader said “at the same time, this has enriched and enhanced the Goa film making space with Goan writers, directors and filmmakers making their mark in this international stage.”
“Regional cinema has to find a place in National cinema. Regional cinema, in many ways is national cinema, because it brings the nuances of culture and art, which are both local resound nationally. This year, ‘Dupari’ and ‘Happy Birthday’ both in Marathi, ‘Ee. Ma. Yau’ in Malyalam, Peranbu in Tamil were part of the festival,” he said.
“I encourage more Goan filmmakers, to come forward and make films in the spirit of Goenkarponn, so that this spirit gets universally known and recognised. It is natural that if the world comes to Goa, it must understand Goenkarpon, our culture, our spirit, our way of life,” he stated.
Sardesai said “as we welcome the world, IFFI is also an embodiment of our motto Goem, Goenkar and Goenkarpon.”
“I would like to specially thank His Excellency. Consul General of Israel to Indian Yaakov Finkelstein who said that “through cinema we want to fortify relations between India and Israel”,” he added.
“I invite, on behalf of the Gia government, our friends from Israel to come to Goa and India, to strengthen the bond of friendship initiated by our Hon Prime Minister Narendra Modiji,” he said.
Sardesai also paid homage to the great Italian director Bernado Bertolucci, who passed away just two days ago in Rome, during the period of this IFFI, by quoting one of his famous lines
“I remember being young in the 1960s… we had a great sense of the future, a great big hope. This is what is missing in the youth today. This being able to dream and to change the world.”