Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth inaugurate golden jubilee edition of The International Film Festival Of India at the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Bambolim, Goa, which was hosted by Karan Johar.
Official dignitaries present were Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javdekar, Honorable Chief Minister of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant, CEO, ESG Mr. Amit Satija and Festival Director Mr. Chaitanya Prasad who officiated the inaugural ceremony. Also present were Babul Supriyo, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change.
The stars walked the red carpet that was laid out to welcome the who's who of the industry. Isabelle Huppert, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rajinikanth was honoured with the Icon Of Golden Jubilee Award for his contribution to arts and cinema while French actress Isabelle Huppert received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.
Amidst cheers of adoring fans, Rajinikant graciously accepted the Icon of the Golden Jubilee award and said, "He dedicated the award to all the producers, directors and technicians who worked in his films, his fans and people of Tamil Nadu."
Amitabh Bachchan expressed his honor in being invited stated, "I have no words to express my gratitude to IFFI for honoring me and having a retrospective of my films. Films have always been an integral part of our social life. To have a festival of this magnitude in Goa exposes the Goans to what happens in the international world and also gives them an opportunity to meet and mix with people. This is a debt on my head of your love and affection. I would not be able to repay the debt and I would not want to, because I would like to keep it forever."
At the felicitation of the members of the juries for the competition sections, John Bailey, Chairperson of the International Jury said, "We are very honoured to be here. We have a lot of work in front of us. We'll be looking at 22 films and watching 4 films a day."
To commemorate the grand occasion a special postage stamp was released by the dignitaries. The mesmerizing fusion music performance by the greats of music with Shankar Mahadevan, Lou Banks and others added a lighter touch to the festivities.
In his vote of thanks Festival Director, Shri Chaitainya Prasad said, "I am completely overwhelmed by the sheer support we have received and would like to thank the officials and steering committee members for the combined team effort."
The 50th International Film Festival of India, 2019 will witness 26 feature films and 15 non feature films in Indian panorama section, around 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to attend and participate in the golden jubilee edition.
The 2019 Golden Jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India will held from the 20th November to 28th November, 2019 at the multiple venues in Panaji, Goa.