Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor open IIFI

Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor open IIFI

Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor open IIFI

The festival will screen 10 world premieres, 10 Asian and global premieres and over 64 Indian premieres as part of the official programme of screening of almost 195 films representing over 82 countries, spread over next eight days.

The International Competition jury will be headed by renowned filmmaker Muzaffar Ali, who is joined by his fellow jury members Festival director Maxine Williamson from Australia, Actor-Director Tzahi Grad from Israel, Russian Cinematographer Vladislav Opelyants, Director and Production Designer Roger Christian from the United Kingdom.

The IFFI this year will also pay its homage to cinematic master spy James Bond, in a special section where nine films featuring the various leading actors who have essayed the iconic character, will be screened.

Mr Ramakrishnan, in his missive to Majidi, said that the removal of the two films against norms reflected the intolerance of the powers that be to certain ideas and ways of living. "I am very proud of this fraternity, the new generation, which is allowing this change to happen and fearless people making courageous films, sometimes at a great cost", he said.

The festival also paid tributes to industry veterans who passed away this year.

The actor, in his opening remarks said stories and movies connected people. "Your name was an inspiration to me, Shahid" To which Kapoor added: "And I must say that your performance in Shahid was a lot more going with my name than my Rajkummar was going with your name".

Addressing the audience, Shahid Kapoor talked about the changing faces and future of Cinema.

The team of the opening film, "Beyond the Clouds" directed by Iranian film director Majid Majidi were also present at the inaugural ceremony. We have given some of the finest films to the world. I was happy to work with the Indian crew.

According to the Newspaper, Support does come from the central government, which is mostly utilised to host the opening and closing ceremonies, including arrangements for stay and travel of the film personalities invited by the central government. "As IFFI gets into its 48th year, I look forward to celebrating Indian and world cinema, with some of the best talent from across the world".

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Monahar Parrikar, actors Shahrukh Khan, Shaid Kapoor, Sridevi, Nana Patekar, among others, were present on the occasion.

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