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The taste of Indian cinema comes alive at the 2018 IFFI opening ceremony

Opening of IFFI in Goa
For a duration of nine days, IFFI 2018 will feature 212 films from 68 countries. (Credit photo: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore / Twitter)

A bit of heavy rain in Goa on Tuesday night made way for the lively launch of the red carpet for the opening ceremony of the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which witnessed a wide range of history, action, romance and music, to present various nuances of national cinema and international living.

High-ranking government officials, Bollywood celebrities such as Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Prasoon Joshi, in addition to international guests, delegates and spectators filled with film fans gathered at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium for gala.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore welcomed everyone to the jamboree, saying IFFI is a platform for young people to showcase their talents and for international filmmakers to see India and explore the country's talent pool.

He said the festival explores the past, present and future, because they not only filter eternal Hindi dramas like Sholay but also discuss the evolving world of OTT platforms and their scope.

Karan, who hosted the entertaining tete-a-tete in Rathore and Akshay's style, Koffee With Karan-sans & # 39; coffee & # 39; – also talked about the "digital revolution" in India.

"There is a lot of content in digital space. Now all we have to do is empower our writers, "he said, citing how" other stars "must imitate Akshay in doing" socially relevant films ".

Akshay and Karan are said to have flown together on a joint chartered plane for the opening of IFFI, where they lent their star power.

Other guests from the world of Indian films included Subhash Ghai, Rahul Rawail, Mrinal Kulkarni, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Shaji N. Karun, Prasoon Joshi, Randhir Kapoor, Arijit Singh, Poonam Dhillon, and Ramesh Sippy.

From abroad, there are Polish directors Robert Glnski, director of The Aspern Papers Julian Landais and Chin Han, Barbara Meier, Nicholas Hau, Lois Robbins and Tom Fitzpatrick.

Glinski, head of the international jury at 49th IFFI, won the hearts of the audience with his ‘namaste & # 39; and said Goa was where he had come years ago to find" hippie roots and fun ".

With Israel as its focus country this year, IFFI chose veteran filmmaker Israel Dan Wolman with a Lifetime Achievement award.

"This is the highest award I have ever received. For me, this is sweeter and more meaningful because this award is given in India, a country that I have become part of – a phenomenal and vibrant country, people and cinema that I admire.

"There is inter-state chemistry, and I believe there is chemistry between Israel and India. I hope this friendship will be realized in collaboration, in co-production in the field of cinema, "Wolman said.

He added that the Israeli film package that was well curated for IFFI reflected the mini voices of his country.

Meanwhile, reflecting various cinema genres, the ceremony was held with dance-based performances, bringing audiences through history. The touch of romance was added by playback singer Shilpa Rao, who easily sang melodic songs in various languages.

This action was carried out on the first stage by a group of air acting artists, and later by Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who gave unique awards to heroes in the industry.

Anchored by Mandira Bedi and Amit Sadh, the event also saw the launch of the web portal from the Film Facilitation Office, which will ease the shooting of films for Indians and international filmmakers in the country.

During the nine-day duration, IFFI 2018 will feature 212 films from 68 countries, consisting of 2 World Premier, 16 Academy Award nominated films, 6 rare Indian films, 3 Indian films that compete with 15 international films for Golden and Silver Peacock. awards and more.

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