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Shahrukh opens IFFI 2011 in Goa


SAIBAL CHATTERJEE | Panaji, November 24, 2011 11:52
Tags : International Film Festival of India | iffi | shahrukh khan | Bertrand Tavernier | goa |

The curtains went up on the 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) with a low-key opening ceremony in Rabindra Bhavan in Margao on Wednesday.

Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan lit the inaugural ceremonial lamp with Bengali actress Rituparna Sengupta serving as the thali girl.

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni and Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat.

While Panjim has been the IFFI hub ever since Goa became the permanent venue of India's premier film festival seven years ago, this is the first time that Margao hosted the opening ceremony.

Over the next ten days all eyes will be on a lavish spread of new and classic Indian and foreign films. The focus, as always, will be on the showpiece sections of IFFI - Cinema of the World and Indian Panorama.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, a quartet of films based on his literary masterpieces will be screened during the festival.

On Thursday morning IFFI paid homage to the recently deceased filmmaker Mani Kaul. One of his most feted films, Uski Roti, was screened as part of the tribute.

Special screenings and events are also planned in the memory of Assam's brightest cultural export Bhupen Hazarika and Hindi cinema's much loved rebel star Shammi Kapoor. The two icons passed away earlier this year.

One of the high points of this year's IFFI will be the lifetime achievement award  bestowed on 70-year-old French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier.

The most accessible of the French masters, Tavernier is known for his sweeping period sagas and his strikingly innovative and lively use of sound and colour.

Tavernier's latest film, The Princess of Montpensier, a centuries-old tale retold with a uniquely contemporary sensibility, will be screened in Goa. 

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