The Worldwide Movie Pageant of India (IFFI) opened right here on Sunday amid a lot fanfare because it returned to a totally bodily format, after going hybrid for the final two editions, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 53rd IFFI, carried out collectively by the Nationwide Movie Growth Company (NFDC) and the Leisure Society of Goa (ESG), kicked off with a grand ceremony on the jam-packed Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium.
Conserving with the spirit of the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav celebrations, the theme of the opening ceremony was “Evolution of Indian Cinema in the last 100 years”.
The occasion was attended by the Union Minister for Data and Broadcasting (I&B) Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister of State (MoS) for I&B L. Murugan, Goa Governor P.S. Sreedharan and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, in addition to many Indian and worldwide movie personalities.
Mr. Thakur stated his imaginative and prescient was to make India essentially the most sought-after vacation spot for movie shoots and post-production backed by native expertise and innovation of business leaders.
“My vision for the IFFI is not limited to one event, but what the IFFI should be when India celebrates its 100th year of Independence once we transition from the Amrit Mahotsav to the Amrit Kaal. We aim to make India a powerhouse of content creation, especially regional cinema by scaling up regional festivals,” he stated.
The IFFI will showcase a set of 280 movies from 79 nations. Twenty-five options and 20 non-feature movies shall be showcased on the Indian Panorama part, from a broad spectrum of entries.
On the ceremony hosted by Aparshakti Khurrana, actors Manoj Bajpayee, Suniel Shetty, Ajay Devgn, Paresh Rawal and veteran author V. Vijayendra Prasad had been felicitated with particular honour, whereas legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura was given the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. Saura, identified for guiding classics “Mama-Cumple Cien Anos” and “Carmen”, gave the ceremony a miss as a consequence of well being causes and his daughter Anna Saura accepted the award on his behalf.
“I am still recovering from bronchitis. I hope to fully recover soon. But, as of today, I cannot travel. I want to thank you all and the IFFI for the honour,” the 90-year-old filmmaker stated in a video message.
Through the occasion, the I&B minister declared megastar Chiranjeevi the `Movie Persona of the Yr’. The Telugu movie veteran was final seen within the blockbuster hit “Godfather”.
Mr. Thakur additionally welcomed a delegation from France, which is the `Nation of Focus’ at this version of the IFFI.
“Continuing the spirit of India’s ‘Country of Honour’ at the Marche De Films at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, I am delighted to welcome France as the ‘Country of Focus’ at the 53rd edition of IFFI,” he stated.
The 53rd IFFI, MoS Mr. Murugan stated, was the competition’s comeback to its vibrant avatar after the pandemic.
“Our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has described the IFFI as the film festival which promotes synergy between delegates from different nations and societies, united by cinema. IFFI-53 has everything that a movie lover wants— 75 Creative Young Minds, masterclasses, box office flavour, film bazaar, and global cinema,” he stated.
The opening evening noticed electrifying performances by Hindi movie stars Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan, Kartik Aaryan and Mrunal Thakur.
Mr. Dhawan, who’s awaiting the discharge of his horror comedy “Bhediya”, delivered an brisk act on songs “Teri Mitti”, “Vande Mataram”, “Hindustani” and his widespread dance numbers “Thumkeshwari”, “Nach Punjaban” and “Jungle Mein Kaand”.
Ms. Khan danced on some basic Hindi songs reminiscent of “Inn Aankhon ki Masti”, “Salaam-e-Ishq Meri Jaan”, “Maar Dala” and “Ghoomar”, whereas “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2” star Aaryan carried out on his widespread tracks — “Kaala Jaadu”, “Bom Diggy Diggy” and “Dil Chori”, amongst others.
New venue for IFFI
On the event, Mr. Pramod Sawant stated the organising of a world-class multiplex and conference centre within the State was in its last stage and hopefully the IFFI, would have a brand new everlasting venue by 2025.
He stated this yr on the IFFI, the State authorities had taken an initiative to curate particular masterclasses for the Goan movie fraternity wherein famend movie personalities from the Hindi and Marathi movie sections would take part.
“A Goan section has also been specially curated for this year. A special jury comprising three jury members from the Indian Panorama has selected six short films and one documentary film. We have been able to draw the attention of tourists and Goan public through various peripheral activities such as festival mile, entertainment zone and heritage parade,” Mr. Sawant stated.
With an intention to make the occasion extra inclusive, the particular film screening for Divyangs (specially-abled) shall be organised in the course of the competition, he stated. Mr. Sawant additionally remembered former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for his efforts to make Goa the everlasting venue for the IFFI.
Actors Amruta Khanvilkar and Catherine Teresa additionally carried out on the occasion.
The opening movie for this yr’s IFFI was Austrian Director Dieter Berner’s function “Alma and Oskar”.
The biographical drama focuses on the passionate and tumultuous relationship between the Viennese society Grand Dame Alma Mahler (1879-1964) and Austrain artist Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980).
The nine-day competition will even see gala premieres of Mr. Rawal’s “The Storyteller”, Mr. Devgn and Ms. Tabu’s “Drishyam 2”, Dhawan and Ms. Kriti Sanon’s “Bhediya” and Ms. Yami Gautam’s “Lost”.
The upcoming Telugu movie “Raymo”, Ms. Deepti Naval and Ms. Kalki Koechlin’s “Goldfish” and Mr. Randeep Hooda and Ms. Ileana D’Cruz’s “Tera Kya Hoga Lovely” will even be premiered on the IFFI, together with an episode of upcoming OTT reveals reminiscent of “Vadhandhi – The Fable of Velonie”, “Khakee: The Bihar Chapter” and “Fauda” Season 4.
“IFFI-53 has everything that a movie lover wants— 75 Creative Young Minds, masterclasses, box office flavour, film bazaar, and global cinema”Anurag ThakurUnion Minister for Data and Broadcasting