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IFFI 2019 opening ceremony highlights: Rajinikanth honours Amitabh Bachchan with award

IFFI 2019 opening ceremony highlights: Amitabh Bachchan was in Goa for the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India.

By HT Correspondent | Nov 20, 2019 18:12 IST

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), one of Asia’s oldest festivals, saw a grand opening on the golden shores of Goa on Wednesday at Dr. Shyama Prasad Stadium. Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth inaugurated the ceremony.

Here are all the updates from the ceremony:

17:47:00 PM IST

Amitabh Bachchan honoured by Rajinikanth

Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with an award by his friend and actor Rajinikanth. The actor thanked him and the organisers for the award. “Very grateful to all my film colleagues, above all, I am grateful to you, my janta, who have been with me in highs and lows. I am highly indebted to you, I would never want to relive myself of this debt,” he said.

17:28:00 PM IST

Rajinikanth gets the Special Icon Award

Actor Rajinikanth was conferred with the Special Icon Award on the occasion of IFFI Golden Jubilee. “I would like to dedicate this award to my producers, directors and all technicians who worked in my films and above all to my fans,” he said.

 

17:05:00 PM IST

Isabelle Huppert gets lifetime achievement award

IFFI Lifetime Achievement Award, the festival’s highest honour, was presented to French actor Isabelle Huppert. “Thank you all for being cinema lovers, so happy to be here for IFFI Golden Jubilee,” she said.

16:41:00 PM IST

Prakash Javadekar addresses audience

The I&B minister called films India’s soft power. He said that to shoot films in India, producers can now use a ‘single window’ to book domestic locations. “India has beautiful places to shoot but it was difficult to get all permissions. Now a single portal has been created to make the process easier,” he said.

16:20:00 PM IST

Shankar Mahadevan performs at ceremony

Singer and music composer Shankar Mahadevan and many other musicians performed fusion music at the festival.

16:06:00 PM IST

Goran Paskaljevic requests audience to watch his film

Despite The Fog director Goran Paskaljevic addressed the audience as he took the stage with his cast and other members of the production crew. He requested the audience to watch his film.

16:02:00 PM IST

Karan Johar introduces Despite The Fog

Italian Film Despite the Fog, directed by Goran Paskaljevic, was introduced. A small video from the film was also shown to the audience. The film will open the festival.

15:40:00 PM IST

Amitabh, Rajinikanth light the lamp

Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth with others lit up the ceremonial lamp to mark the festival’s inauguration.

15:26:00 PM IST

Manohar Parrikar remembered in special video

Late Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was remembered in a special video dedicated to his life and his work.

15:20:00 PM IST

Karan Johar hosts the ceremony

Filmmaker Karan Johar is the host for the inauguration ceremony. He gave a short introduction to Indian cinema at the festival to the audience.

15:15:00 PM IST

IFFI 2019 opens with a montage of film

A colourful montage of films from India and around the world was shown as the festival was launched in Goa.

15:02:00 PM IST

Isabelle Huppert says ‘go to see films!’

French actor Isabelle Huppert will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at IFFI this year. She said she hopes it is a ‘Halfway lifetime achievement award’. She added that there isn’t one particular moment from her career that stands out for her. “Not one moment,” she said. She said to those watching here, “Go to see films! I love to see films. They are a part of my life.”

14:58:00 PM IST

Babul Supriyo says music brought him to politics

Singer and politician Babul Supriyo called it a great feeling to be a part of IFFI. He also said that wearing a tuxedo in Goa’s heat is taxing.

14:51:00 PM IST

Amitabh calls the festival a ‘great honour’

Talking about the festival, Amitabh said coming back to Goa was a nostalgic experience for him. “I shot my first film in Goa so coming back to Goa has always been nostalgic,” he said. “Films have always been an integral part of our life and to have a festival of this magnitude helps the people of Goa to be exposed to what happens in the international world. And also gives us an opportunity to meet and mix with people. It’s a great honour and I am happy to be here,” he added.

14:49:00 PM IST

Amitabh Bachchan arrives at venue

Actor Amitabh Bachchan has arrived in Goa and at the IFFI venue. He was seen in a sharp black suit, talking to various dignitaries.

14:42:00 PM IST

IFFI red carpet kicks off

Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said at the red carpet event that IFFI is ‘India’s soft power’. He added that the festival will be a grand success.