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Aamir may be chief guest at IFFI

entertainment Updated: Nov 11, 2008 00:16 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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If the Information & Broadcasting Ministry has its way, Bollywood watchers and fans will be treated to a never-seen-before sight — Aamir Khan at a film function.

The actor-director, who has two Oscar nominated films under his belt, is a front-runner to be the chief guest at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, starting November 22. The I&B Ministry is keen to have Khan, the only present-day Bollywood star to refuse participation in any masala film award function. “We want to showcase the Indian film industry as a hub of world cinema and he has such an image with his work,” said a senior ministry official.

The government has also zeroed in on Dada Saheb Phalka award winning director Shyam Benegal and actors Nasiruddin Shah and Nana Patekar for the opening ceremony.

“The final name for the chief guest will be decided in a couple of days,” said S.M. Khan, director, Directorate of Film Awards. The Directorate has decided to have two South-East Asian movies — Warlord by Peter Chang and My Magic by Erick Hoo — as the opening movies of the festival. Chang — who has made movies in Singapore, Hongkong and South Korea — will head the film jury to give away the Golden Peocock award. The closing film would be Iran’s Song of Sparrow.

IFFI also has some surprises. Switzerland’s official entry is Tandoori Love, a film directed by native Oliver Paulus but inspired by the Bollywood brand of cinema. Vijay Raaz plays the protagonist in this movie which has several other Indian stars.

The festival also has sections on Bimal Roy, selective films produced before 1950 and 75 years of Kannada cinema.If the Information & Broadcasting Ministry has its way, Bollywood watchers and fans will be treated to a never-seen-before sight — Aamir Khan at a film function.

The actor-director, who has two Oscar nominated films under his belt, is a front-runner to be the chief guest at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, starting November 22. The I&B Ministry is keen to have Khan, the only present-day Bollywood star to refuse participation in any masala film award function. “We want to showcase the Indian film industry as a hub of world cinema and he has such an image with his work,” said a senior ministry official.

The government has also zeroed in on Dada Saheb Phalka award winning director Shyam Benegal and actors Nasiruddin Shah and Nana Patekar for the opening ceremony.

“The final name for the chief guest will be decided in a couple of days,” said S.M. Khan, director, Directorate of Film Awards. The Directorate has decided to have two South-East Asian movies — Warlord by Peter Chang and My Magic by Erick Hoo — as the opening movies of the festival. Chang — who has made movies in Singapore, Hongkong and South Korea — will head the film jury to give away the Golden Peocock award. The closing film would be Iran’s Song of Sparrow.

IFFI also has some surprises. Switzerland’s official entry is Tandoori Love, a film directed by native Oliver Paulus but inspired by the Bollywood brand of cinema. Vijay Raaz plays the protagonist in this movie which has several other Indian stars.

The festival also has sections on Bimal Roy, selective films produced before 1950 and 75 years of Kannada cinema.