Connect with us

Latest

IFFI Golden Jubilee celebrations kicks off

Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth honoured at the inaugural ceremony

Published at

on

Amitabh Bachchan

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.

Latest

Namit Das stands out with his layered performance in Mafia!

The Namit Das-starrer Mafia is available for viewing on ZEE5

Published at

on

Emerging strong as far as digital entertainment goes, actor Namit Das has levelled with the reality of the new normal and graced the OTT screen by starring in unique ventures. One such digital outing to have been streamed on the actor’s birthday (10th of July) over ZEE5 is Birsa Dasgupta’s Mafia. Namit’s latest series is about six college buddies who reunite for a bachelorette party that turns into a game of whodunnit as the past returns to haunt them.

The actor who is known to have essayed ‘the good guy’ is springing up quite a few surprises this year as he picks up roles that have grey shades and a dark side to them. Most recently, in Dasgupta’s psychological thriller, Mafia the talented actor hit the digital screen as Nitin Kumar, a Dalit from Bihar, who enters the police force to fight against the injustice meted out to his community.

The actor has been receiving acclaim for his layered performance in the series, which has been reviewed as a gripping narrative that deserves a place on OTT viewers’ weekend binge-watch list. Having remarked earlier that the streaming of Mafia is the best birthday gift he could’ve asked for, Namit is overwhelmed at the tremendous response to his portrayal of Kumar.

He says, “This year has been very kind to me and the viewers have been so affectionate that I can only be grateful for everything. Essaying Nitin was a fun challenge and it really helped me vicariously experience the societal difference between the haves and the have-nots. It was also an intense experience for me because Nitin navigates the unfair world and is dealing with his inner demons. When that is planted into a story, in which skeletons of the past come tumbling out, it is a thrill for the actors too! I hope Mafia continues to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.”

The Namit Das-starrer Mafia is available for viewing on ZEE5

Let us know in the comment section below and stay tuned to CineBLitz for updates on this front as well as other Bollywood news. https://cineblitz.in/

Continue Reading

Latest

Siddhant Chaturvedi wins hearts with his poem on life post lockdown

From ‘Dhoop’ to his all-new poetry on life after lockdown, the actor is winning our hearts as we wait to see him on screen

Published at

on

Siddhant Chaturvedi recently featured on the digital cover of a leading magazine and the netizens are all praise for him, ‘Making it big’. Now, treating his audience further with his poetic side, the actor shared a heartwarming video today- “Agar ye duniya khul gayi toh?”, capturing a hopeful life post lockdown.

Bringing a long-awaited take on the days after lockdown with spoken poetry, Siddhant shares, “#SapnonKaCountdown

#GoodOldDays #DontWorryBeHappy #PositveVibes #WeekendMood

A multifaceted and multitalented actor, the actor has high desirability and a huge female fan following all for his spectacular looks which made him the perfect ‘first male actor’ to get featured on the cover. Siddhant shot the images for the cover himself at his house, adhering to social distancing and the lockdown norms.
Earlier, the motion digital cover which was recently released posed the acoustic version of his first hit single ‘Dhoop’. The main cover brought to us an artistic image of Siddhant, facing a canvas with a paintbrush in his hand while he is engrossed deep into the art wih the words ‘Making it Big’, saying it all on the cover.
From ‘Dhoop’ to his all-new poetry on life after lockdown, the actor is winning our hearts as we await tp see him on screen. Siddhant has multiple projects in the pipeline as he will next be seen in “Bunty Aur Babli 2”, followed by Shakun Batra’s project with Deepika Padukone and Ananya Panday

Let us know in the comment section below and stay tuned to CineBLitz for updates on this front as well as other Bollywood news. https://cineblitz.in/

Continue Reading

Latest

Bollywood actress Evelyn Sharma releases her first book, titled FIVE SEASONS

The actress was last seen in Prabhas starrer Saaho has now turned author

Published at

on

Bollywood actress and social entrepreneur Evelyn Sharma who was last seen in Superhit film Saaho is all set to release her first own book! Her social media has been boiling with excitement to reveal the big news! This Indo-German is a beauty with brains and has proven it many times. Besides being a self-made Bollywood starlet without any filmy background and reaching on Indian shores withoutany backing, Evelyn Sharma has also been running her successful fashion-based charityfoundation, Seams For Dreams, since 2015 and helped tens of thousands of people in needacross India! Known only to the few, in 2017, the young entrepreneur started a marketing agency (WIP Creatives) to service her own career, her family ventures, and her friends in the entertainment industry with image development and brand management. Along with numerous photoshoots and press conferences for popular influencers, the company also handles the marketing side of her and now fiance Dr Tushaan Bhindi’s family businesses.

“It all started when my team simply grew too big to work independently from their homes. I had to start an office space in Mumbai. And in the second year, we jumped to a studio space to create more amazing content! I always wanted to use my contacts, experience, and knowledge to build a business that helps others achieve their dreams too, and my marketing agency (WIP Creatives) does exactly that!” she says. Unlike other celebrities that release books about their life, fame, or family dramas, the Saaho actress decided to release a book that would help all her fans to start their own businesses in the difficult economic times during the Covid19 lockdown. With a cheeky smile, she quips: “The ebook is releasing on my birthday and I hope it is going to help everyone who needs marketing and design guidance for their business. There’s a free gift which is exclusively for my fans, and I can’t wait to reveal it to them on my birthday!”

We all loved her as Lara in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, so we think that makes all of us her fans! And there’s really nothing that would cheer us up more right now than a gift from the lovely Evelyn !

Let us know in the comment section below and stay tuned to CineBLitz for updates on this front as well as other Bollywood news. https://cineblitz.in/

Continue Reading

Trending

>