Superstar Amitabh Bachchan will miss the India International Film Festival once again as he is not among the guest list prepared by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Goa Government.
JP Singh, Chief Secretary of Goa remained tight-lipped when he was asked about Bachchan and referred to the next question. It is learnt that Bachchan has not been invited for the festival this year, after the government backed out from an invitation to him last year.
But, his co-star in many movies Shashi Kapoor will be chief guest in the inaugural on November 23. The government also expects to rope in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for the festival, who are in India for shooting their movie on life of Daniel Pearl. “They have not yet confirmed our invitation,” Singh said on Monday.
However, Singh assured that bloomers of the last two festivals would not be repeated and said, ‘we have learnt from our past mistakes’. Top priority has been given to infrastructure and logistics, he told reporters at a conference also attended by Bollywood stars Sohail Khan and Reya Sen.
Unlike last year when Bollywood was the focus, IFFI 2006 will focus on regional flavour with many feature and non-feature films representing different hues of India. These include Rituparno Ghosh’s Dosar in Bengali, Girish Kasarvalli’s Nayi Neralu in Kannada, Sonam in Arunachali dialect Monpa by Ahsan Muzid, Assamese historical film Joymoti by Manju Borah and Saira by Biju.
The festival will open with Penelope Cruz starrer Volver, that bagged best actress award for her in Cannes and will sign off with Brad Pitt’s Babel. The world cinema section will have a galaxy of movies from Argentina, Spain, Brazil, France, China, Columbia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Poland and South Africa. Popular Indian movies will be shown in mainstream Indian cinema section at all over Goa on mobile screens and huge screens on the beaches.
Singh also announced that this year the Golden Peacock award for best film will be of Rs 10 lakh and Silver Peacock for best director will be of Rs five lakh. A special jury award will also be presented to a director of individual artistic contribution. The jury will be chaired by Rolf Dr Heer, an award winning film maker from Australia.
This year attraction will be Film Bazar being organised by CII where Indian and foreign filmmakers will get a chance to interact and do business with each other.