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IFFI to shift venue to Goa, come 2004

This would be the last IFFI to be held in the capital with the venue shifting permanently to Goa from next year.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2003 16:58 IST

This would be the last IFFI to be held in the capital with the venue shifting permanently to Goa from next year. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit expressed her "slight sense of depression" as the national capital would no longer be able to host the show.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Goa with its natural beauty and beaches would become the "vibrant symbol of brand India" as regards films were concerned.

Advani said Government would be ready to implement whatever suggestions the film industry makes to stop the menace of piracy. The Deputy Prime Minister, himself a film buff, said he had attended the Film Festival in Delhi in 1961 and also in 1965 as he was assigned to cover the event as a film critic during his days of journalism.

Bollywood heroines Kareena Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar, noted actor Manoj Bajpai, Directors Yash Chopra,Ramesh Sippy and Chandraprakash Dwivedi were prominent among those present at the inaugural function with Kareena acting as the "thali" girl at the lamp lighting ceremony by Advani.

The entire star cast and team of Pinjar, which was premiered soon after the inaugural, was present on the occasion including its lead pair Urmila and Bajpai. The film is directed by Dwivedi.

The international jury for the Asian competition section who included noted directors Krystof Zanussi from Poland, Peng Xiaolian from China, Istvan Gaal from Hungary, Indian filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli and film critic Goutaman Bhaskaran were introduced.

First Published: Oct 10, 2003 10:11 IST