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The Rising, the English version of Mangal Pandey, laser shows and fireworks marks the launch of International Film Festival of India on November 24.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2005 00:10 IST

Colourful pageantry along the water front, interactive fun-filled street animation shows, screening of magnum opus The Rising, the English version of the Hindi movie MangalPandey and laser shows and fire works will mark the launch of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa on November 24.

The entire IFFI street wears a festive look and roads re-laid for the red carpet welcome of the delegates, film personalities and others at the 36th edition of the film festival, for which the Centre had declared Goa as the permanent venue.

Films would be screened on mobile theatres at eight places, starting from Caranzalem in Dona Paula where laser shows and fire works would be displayed to enthrall the audience during all the days, according to Entertainment Society of Goa's chief executive Sanjit Rordigues, organiser of the festival in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals(DFF).

Bollywood movies like SalaamNamaste, Sarkar, Bunty aurBabli, besides Noel (English) would be screened at different places for public on the beaches. My BrotherNikhil would be specially screened on December one, to mark World AIDS Awareness Day when red ribbons would be distributed, and story boards on AIDS would be erected on beach fronts.

Special drive was being conducted to ensure that garbage at all places of the venue were collected and disposed of without causing any health hazard. Laser shows and story boards would be erected to educate the masses on the need for keeping the city clean.

Children would also be involved in entertainment contests in film talent and other activities during the festival through interactive sessions at the children's park, in the vicinity of the venue.

'Namaste India' concert, featuring Shankar Mahadevan and other top Indian musicians on Caranzalem beach front would be another highlight of the IFFI, even as Kingfisher makes available its products while beer and wine would be served at chosen places during the event.

A unique exhibition called 'Installation Festival' would be opened at Candolim beach with Goan artist Subodh Kerkar creating objects like leaves, mussel shells and vegetables using his talent, on November 25.

Pani Projection at the famous Panjim Church in the heart of the city, presenting enchanting colours on the milk white church walls using a special type of projector would be another highlight of the event.

Another attraction of the festival would be the preview of the film 'Dubai Return' on the concluding day on December four, to be attended by the actors like Irrfan Khan, Divya Dutta, Ritu Shivpuri, director Aditya Bhattacharya and producer Manya Patil.

The last day of the festival would also be observed as Goa Music Day to celebrate the song and melody of Goa, when Goan musicians would render street performances at 101 places in the State.

The event would culminate with performances by singers Sudesh Bhosale and Oliver Sean, who would be joined by Sagarika, Shivani Kashyap, Australian singer Ayesha, besides London's Bandish Project and DJ Platinum and Band of Boys - all giving soundtrack to 'Dubai Return'.

It was, however, yet to be decided as to who would inaugurate the mega-fest, with several names including that of veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan in circulation. As many as 3,000 delegates are expected to participate in the event.

First Published: Nov 22, 2005 14:59 IST