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IFFI Golden Jubilee celebrations kicks off

Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth honoured at the inaugural ceremony

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The wait is finally over as the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India kicked off in Goa today, November 20th, 2019. The star-studded grand opening hosted the Shehenshah of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan and legendary Rajnikanth,  who flagged off the extravaganza at the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Bambolim.

Official dignitaries present were Honourable I & B Minister Shri Prakash Javdekar, Honorable Chief Minister of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant, CEO, ESG Mr. Amit Satija and Festival Director Mr. Chaitanya Prasad who officiated the inaugural ceremony. Also present were Babul Supriyo, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

The stars walked the red carpet that was laid out to welcome the who’s who of the industry. Isabelle Huppert, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award speaking on the red carpet said, “I feel very happy to be here. I hope its a halfway lifetime achievement award. I’ve had many wonderful moments in my work life and worked with so many great directors.”

As the lights illuminated the center stage and cameras rolled out the action for the evening, host Karan Johar welcomed the gathering. The festival began with a tribute to Goa’s stalwart politician the late Manohar Parrikar who hosted the first IFFI in Goa.

Secretary Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Shri Amit Khare mentioned the noteworthy highlights of this year’s festival and noted the tremendous change in the last 50 editions from the participation of 23 countries in 1952, to almost 76 countries this year.

Honorable Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Pramod Sawant extended a warm welcome to all the dignitaries and highlighted his plan in making Goa an important destination for film shooting. He said, “IFFI package this year is an interesting mix of leisure and entertainment. IFFI bridges the gap between India and the international film industry and provides the opportunity to explore the cinema. We should not forget the objectives of cinema as the mirror of our time and the reflection of our society.”

Speaking of India’s soft powers, film, IT and music, I & B Minister Shri Prakash Javdekar said, “India has lots of scenic and beautiful shooting sites for national and international films but shooting at these locations requires around 15-20 permissions. The government is now preparing for a single-window arrangement which will take care of all the permissions and it will benefit places like Goa, Leh-Ladakh and Andaman & Nicobar.”

Shri Javadekar also mentioned a special film made by the Goan filmmaker for the visually impaired. “It is important that they enjoy the cinema. We watch movies through our eyes and ears. They watch movies only through their ears. The film world should have such sensibility. Based on the narration, the scene will be explained.”

At the announcement of Russia, the Country Focus, Maria Lemesheva, head of the delegation, expressed her gratitude in selecting her country and spoke of the revival of cinema in Russia over the past few years. “This year the Government has announced a 40 percent rebate for foreign films being made in Russia,” she said.

Amidst cheers of adoring fans, superstar Rajnikant graciously accepted the Icon of the Golden Jubilee award and said, “He dedicated the award to all the producers, directors and technicians who worked in his films, his fans and people of Tamil Nadu.”

Amitabh Bachchan expressed his honor in being invited stated, “I have no words to express my gratitude to IFFI for honoring me and having a retrospective of my films. Films have always been an integral part of our social life. To have a festival of this magnitude in Goa exposes the Goans to what happens in the international world and also gives them an opportunity to meet and mix with people. This is a debt on my head of your love and affection. I would not be able to repay the debt and I would not want to, because I would like to keep it forever.”

At the felicitation of the members of the juries for the competition sections, John Bailey, Chairperson of the International Jury said, “We are very honored to be here. We have a lot of work in front of us. We’ll be looking at 22 films and watching 4 films a day.”

To commemorate the grand occasion a special postage stamp was released by the dignitaries. The mesmerizing fusion music performance by the greats of music with Shankar Mahadevan, Lou Banks, and others added a lighter touch to the festivities.

In his vote of thanks Festival Director, Shri Chaitanya Prasad said, “I am completely overwhelmed by the sheer support we have received and would like to thank the officials and steering committee members for the combined team effort.”

The 50th International Film Festival of India, 2019 will witness 26 feature films and 15 nonfeature films in Indian panorama section, around 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to attend and participate in the golden jubilee edition.

The 2019 Golden Jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India will be held from the 20th November to 28th November 2019 at the multiple venues in Panaji, Goa.

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Singer Kailash Kher virtual concert on April 5

The concert will begin at 9.10 pm on 5th April 2020 and can be viewed free of charge on various platforms

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech today urged the country to switch off their lights at home and light a candle, diya, flashlight or mobile flash at their doorsteps and balconies on 5th April at 9 pm for 9 minutes – adding that we have to dispel the darkness spread by Coronavirus. Heeding to this clarion call, 1.3 billion Indians will stand in solidarity – a tribute to discipline and spirit of service the nation has exhibited during the lockdown. A leading light of the music and entertainment industry,  Kailash Kher has come forward with a novel initiative to salute the spirit of the nation. Kailash will go live for concert from his home from 9.10 pm on 5th April for 30 Minutes. Echoing the Prime Ministers sentiments,  Kailash Kher mentions, “Even though we are in our homes, we are not alone. The country’s 1.3 billion people are together during this lockdown period. Prakash Alokan is my humble salutation through music.” Various digital platforms have expressed support to broadcast Prakash Alokan. These include OTT platforms Jio TV, MX Player, Sony Liv, Idea Movies and TV and Vodafone Play. Sukrit Singh of Be.Live says, “this initiative has unprecedented support from OTT Players – we are expecting more to join the movement. Even an e-commerce player like Flipkart has offered to broadcast Prakash Alokan through their video platform” The idea is conceptualised to be the first in a series of virtual events – India Cares – in support of the PM Cares fund. Manish Bardia, founder of Moving Pixels who has been a part of many such campaigns says, “In this difficult time as communicators and entertainers we must spread the light of hope and stand behind our leader and the nation.” The Prakash Alokan concert is an initiative led by. Kailash Kher and supported by Moving Pixels Digital, XP&D Be.live , Multi TV and Kaizzen. The concert will begin at 9.10 pm on 5th April 2020. It will be free to view and will be available on the following platforms – Jio TV, MX Player, Sony Liv, Idea Movies, Vodafone Play and Flipkart. More OTT platforms are likely to join and will be announced later. The concert will also be available on social platforms such as Facebook Live, Youtube, Twitter   and instagram

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Social media & prominent personalities laud Shah Rukh Khan’s announcement to fight Covid-19

The actor’s compact plan for every section of the society has been appreciated

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Shah Rukh Khan’s group of companies, Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX recently announced several initiatives to support the efforts of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji and the Government in its COVID-19 fight. With an array of initiatives dispersed to diversify the effectiveness, this step has been welcomed by not just the industry peers and influencers but also, the social media went abuzz for their ‘King Khan’!

Aaditya Thackeray took to hus social media and posted, “Thank you so much @iamsrk ji for your support ”

Rajiv Shukla also expressed, “Well done @iamsrk for your contribution for fight against corona menace. You have always stood for the nation”.

Director Anubhav Sinha just couldn’t find words and posted, “KHAN!!!” upon the announcement by the superstar.

Gaurav Pandhi also shared his words and wrote, “Shahrukh Khan is so classy. He donated to PM-Cares fund to fight Coronavirus #Covid19 & unlike others, he didn’t publicise the amount. That’s how you do it. It’s supposed to be donation, not PR. You’re Heart suit @iamsrk!!”

Mayur Puri also took to his handle and posted, “How to give like

@iamsrk

 Sir is an art.

What a constructive, all round plan. Fantastic!  Kudos sir!”.

Not just the stalwarts from all walks of life but the entire twitterati went gaga over the generous and one of its kind announcement made by the Superstar.

With this incredible initiative, Shah Rukh Khan has extended his support with his group of companies. From Government funds to 50,000 PPE kits, food requirements of 5500 Mumbai families, 2000 cooked meals to hospitals, 3 lakh meal kits for 10,000 people, grocery for 2500 daily wage workers in Delhi and 100 acid attack survivors, his range of initiatives aim to spread across the many segments of the society and are being lauded for the vision that the actor holds behind them.

In an effort to ensure that the basic necessities reach many who are being deprived of it in these trying times, the funds allocated will be distributed amongst the partners. The aim is to not only to provide relief during the pandemic but also help raise awareness about COVID-19 and encourage more people to come forward and help.

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This April, ZEE5 will be your preferred one-stop destination…

Watch ‘Bamfaad’ on 10th April A heartland story about passion, friendship, betrayal, loss and love.

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ZEE5, the largest creator of Original content in India announces its next Original film ‘Bamfaad’. If you thought Shakespeare’s ode to love has been exhausted, the duet of talented actors Shalini Pandey and Aditya Rawal will shake your basics. The term ‘Bamfaad’ is North Indian slang for an explosion, which is a perfect terminology to allude to the lead pair. Presented by Anurag Kashyap and Ranjan Chandel’s directorial debut, the film premieres on 10th April, exclusively on ZEE5.

Based in Allahabad, the film is set in a romantic volatile backdrop which will bring out an unusual yet raw and edgy love story on the screen. The intensity and depth of Shalini as ‘Neelam’ and the assertiveness of Aditya as ‘Nasir Jamal’ is depicted throughout the movie.

Adding to the announcement, Anurag Kashyap presented the character poster of Nasir and Neelam on his social media [IG: @anuragkashyap10] to kickstart the journey.

When asked about his acting debut, Aditya said, “I am glad that I got the chance to be a part of such a thrilling film. Though the driving force of the film is the love story, it has many more layers to it. I want to make my own mark as an actor in the industry, and it feels great to begin my journey by playing Nasir Jamal, a character that fascinated me ever since I read the script. I hope that people watch the film in huge numbers on Zee5, and I am eager to hear their feedback.”

Shalini, who is making her Bollywood debut shares, “Neelam is a bold & strong 24 year old girl, but has that vulnerability to her which spoke to me instantly. As an artist, I look forward to projects that challenge me and this project really pushed me and I learnt a lot while playing this part. Bamfaad has a phenomenal storyline and it is getting the perfect exposure with a massive video streaming platform like ZEE5!”

Ranjan Chandel, Director, shares, “Bamfaad is a heartfelt script to be brought to life on the screens. Aditya and Shalini are the perfect match for the characters we envisioned. I still remember, the casting director Taran Bajaj and I reached out to many experienced actors as well but Aditya and Shalini just made it feel apt and looked refreshing together. While we are currently living in challenging times with the pandemic, I feel like releasing this film on a digital platform like ZEE5 will give it the reach it deserves.This film is made with a lot of love and will touch many hearts.”

Bamfaad, produced by JAR Pictures and Shaika Films will also star Vijay Verma and Jatin Sarna along with Aditya Rawal and Shalini Pandey.

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