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IFFI 2014 Gets off to a colourful start; Rajinikanth receives centenary award

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Goa (Nov. 20, 2014): The 45th edition of International Film Festival of India got to acolourful start amidst electrifying performances evoking nostalgic memories. Compered by actor AnupamKher and RaveenaTandonfestival opening unfolded with the lighting of the traditional lamp byGovernor of Goa, Smt. MridulaSinha, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, ShriArunJaitley,Minister of Defence,ShriManoharParrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, Minister of State , I&B ShriRajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, ShriBimalJulka, Chief Guest legendary Amitabh Bachchan and the Guest of Honour iconic starRajinikanth. The International Jury Chairman SlawomirIdziak and other members Zhang Jianya, Marie Brenner, SeemaBiswasand Nadia Dresti were also present.

The captivating performances by ShobanaPillai, the niece of actress and dancer Padmini of yesteryears along with her troupe took the audience down to the memory lane of famous dance sequences of Indian Cinema. Dancenumbers like “Hothonpeaisibaatmeindabaakechali aye” and “Piyatosenainalage re” creative dream like magic with romantic currents. The otherCelebrities present on the occasion includedSatishKaushik, ManojBajpaiand RoopaGanguli.

Speaking on the occasion, ShriArunJaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Information & Broadcasting said that there would have not been a better venue than Goa for the festival Goa being green, clean,peaceful and its spirit of hospitality and coexistence. In India if Cricket is religion than Cinema is an alternate religion, the Minister added.The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is playing its role in preserving the legacy by instituting National Film Heritage Mission for preserving entire record of Indian Cinema in digital mode, he further said.

Referring to fast infrastructure creating ability of Goans, the Defence Minister,ShriManohar Parrikar expressed hope to host the next edition of the event at the upcoming permanent venue at Dona Paula in Goa.

Expressing gratitude to the Government of India and Goa for making it a permanent venue for the Festival, the Chief Guest, Amitabh Bachchan traced the history of Indian Cinema touching on all issues and aspects of Indian life reflected on the Silver Screen. His narration was like a masterclass which included stride made in film craft, vigour and vibrancy of changing times, women’s struggle and portrayal of the dysfunctional system in Indian society. The actor who has charmed three generations of audiences with his brilliant performances said that if the world is a village than film fraternity is the custodian of its stories. Those who do not know the stories of their forefathers, cannot write their own, he added.

The multi-dimensional film personality Rajinikanth was bestowed with Indian Centenary Personality of the Year award. Receiving the award jointly from ShriArunJaitley and Amitabh Bachchan he dedicated it to his producers, directors, co-stars, technicians and his fans. The phenomenally popular actor has entertained cine lovers with his on screen mannerisms and comic timing. Watching his own performances on the screen standing on the podium made him emotional.

Earlier welcoming the participants, ShriBimalJulka, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that Film is not only a piece of art but also a tool of social reform expressing human feelings and idea of contemporary society. With each edition of IFFI, offering films reflecting changing scenario of politics and economy in India, the viewing experience is enhanced,enlarged and enhanced.Withnurturing, encouraging and inspiring Indiancinema the Ministry envisages to revamp the event in a manner making it a key element of growth strategy for the state.