For four decades, veteran actor Manoj Kumar did not attend the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). “I stopped attending it around the mid-’70s because I didn’t find the atmosphere congenial,” says Kumar.
However, this year, after over 40 years, the actor will inaugurate the Indian Panorama section of the 44th edition of the festival that will be held in Goa this week. Three of his hit films — Upkar (1967), Woh Kaun Thi? (1964) and Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974) — are also being screened at the event. “I feel honoured... I will be there (in Goa) for five days watching international films and interacting with the film fraternity,” he says.
The 10-day affair is organised under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in collaboration with the Government of Goa. Around 160 foreign films will also be showcased at this edition of the festival under various categories.