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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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Shraddha Kapoor sings ‘Sun Saathiya’; Fans sing along and go gaga!

Shraddha’s first film of 2020 Street Dancer releases tomorrow

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Shraddha Kapoor is on a promotional spree for her upcoming movie which is releasing tomorrow. The actress, along with costar Varun Dhawan, visited a college campus to promote their dance flick.

A stadium full of fans went crazy as Shraddha Kapoor, on a request sang ‘Sun Saathiya’. Even the audience sang along with Shraddha and made it a gala event.

Shraddha Kapoor is one of the most loved actresses in the industry for her versatility and ability to mould herself into any character she portrays. The actress is a talented singer and despite being a non dancer, she had showcased some phenomenal moves in Illegal Weapon 2.0.

Shraddha will be seen in “Street Dancer 3D” co-starring Varun Dhawan and helmed by Remo D’Souza and in Baaghi franchise “Baaghi 3” directed by Ahmed Khan, opposite Tiger Shroff.

The actress had a very successful 2019 with back to back hits with Saaho and then Chhichhore. Shraddha is all set to own 2020 with Street Dancer 3D followed by Baaghi 3.

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Kamal Haasan and Nagarjuna to present 83’s Tamil & Telugu Versions respectively

The film on India’s 83 World Cup win is slated for April release

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Kamal Haasan’s Raajkamal Films International and Akkineni Nagarjuna’s Annapurna Studios join hands with Reliance Entertainment to present the Tamil and Telugu versions respectively of the much-awaited sports drama, ‘83’.

Kamal Haasan and Nagarjuna are both well-celebrated and multi-faceted personalities and legends of the Indian showbiz. The movies launched by their production and distribution companies have always been special and well acclaimed.

Happy to be a part of 83, Kamal Haasan shares, “I am extremely excited to present the Tamil Version of 83. It’s a matter of pride to promote the film that will recreate the moments of the iconic matches. Not just that, the victory of the Indian team demonstrates to every Indian that where there is a will, there is a way. What was considered impossible was made possible purely due to belief and conviction. And this holds true in all walks of life. It’s my pride to promote a film that stands testimony to such conviction and will. I am happy to bring to my people the story of the team of inspired men captained by Kapil Dev who fought against all odds and won India’s greatest sporting triumph.”

The actor took to his twitter handle and shared, Reliving the epic moment of winning the 83 World Cup which every Indian cherishes even today. We at @RKFI are delighted to present the film 83 in Tamil Nadu #[email protected] @kabirkhankk @deepikapadukone @Shibasishsarkar @ipritamofficial @vishinduri”

Happy to present the Telugu version of 83, Akkineni Nagarjuna shares, “83 is all about the great iconic win in 1983 that has made cricket a religion in India. It is a story that needs to be told and I am proud to present one of the most awaited films in India and the rest of the cricketing world.”

The actor took to his twitter handle and shared, ” India won its first world cup in 83 &we still get goose bumps when we think of that moment. Very happy to present the Telugu version of the film 83.#ThisIs83

@RanveerOfficial @kabirkhankk @AnnapurnaStdios @deepikapadukone @Shibasishsarkar @ipritamofficial @vishinduri @RelianceEnt”

Director Kabir Khan says, “I welcome Kamal Haasan and Nagarjuna as the presenters and feel privileged to have them be a part of promoting our film in the South”.

Ranveer Singh will be seen stepping into the shoes of Kapil Dev. Also starring are Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jiiva, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinker Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Addinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, R Badree and Pankaj Tripathi. Deepika Padukone will be seen playing Romi, Kapil Dev’s wife.

Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO, Reliance Entertainment said, “As the film 83 is about national pride we are overwhelmed to have the support of great superstars like Kamal Haasan and Nagarjuna to present the Tamil and Telugu versions respectively of the film. With their blessings, it will surely reach out to all the local audience.”

Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films present 83, a Kabir Khan Films Production. The film is produced by Deepika Padukone, Kabir Khan, Vishnu Induri, Sajid Nadiadwala, Phantom Films, Reliance Entertainment and 83 Film Ltd. 83 is directed by Kabir Khan. A Reliance Entertainment and PVR Pictures release slated on 10th April 2020 in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu.

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Shraddha Kapoor is giving us fashion goals

Check out her promotional looks!

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Actress Shraddha Kapoor has been riding high on the success of her super hit 2019 and the two upcoming films in 2020 where she is all set to own the first half of 2020.  While the actress has had a good place in the acting space, the fashion inspo she is giving has a touch of its own and is surely something we are definitely in love with. Through the promotions of Street Dancer 3D, the actress kept her looks bold and classic as well. Here are the top looks that made a space in our minds!

Shraddha kickstarted the promotion of the film with a shimmery silver strapless dress which she teamed up with black combat shoes. Her hair were kept open with wavy curls and she looked absolutely stunning.

For the second look, Shraddha opted for a smoking hot black latex dress with an off-shoulder top and full pants with open messy hairy, which were paired with minimal makeup and accessories.

A denim look by Shraddha which looked extremely classy with a high ponytail and a pair of knee-high boots along with silver hoops, looked perfect.

The actress set a statement with a black dress where she looked stunning, a thigh slit cut with knee-high black boots and a hot smokey black eye just looked perfect. Open wavy hair with long-drop earrings just set her look apart.

Putting ‘basic’ notch higher, Shraddha pulled off another look with utter ease in an exquisite black ensemble- a lovely zari print crop top and black bell-bottom pants. She rounded off her look by tying her hair in a middle partitioned ponytail.

Shraddha left everybody stunned as she arrived in a pretty little white dress with blue heavy stilletoes and looked really happy. She looked like a vision in white and left everyone in total awe.

Making heads turn, the actress gave us the perfect summer vibe with a white bralette pairing it with a short white jacket with a delicate neckpiece and a yellow pleated skirt pairing it with skin-colored block heels.

The actress paired a classic white full sleeves shirt with a black long dress pairing it with black net stalkings and combat boots and paired it with golden jewelry. The look was indeed a blessing to the eyes!

In another very classy and breezy look, Shraddha wore an off-shade suede looking blazer with a sun-kissed yellow pleated skirt. The actress made sure she turned heads with the look and paired it up with a pair of nude heels and straight up hair.

For the most recent look, the actress gave us the perfect vintage vibes as she wore a wine-colored velvet dress with puffed sleeves and paired it with black block heels.

Shraddha has always picked the best of clothes and always made it extremely relatable for us all! Styled by Tanya Ghavri at most events, including this one, Shraddha wore up the stunning hair and makeup which was done by Shraddha Naik and every look could be easily recreated, the looks are proof of the same. The actress has had an extremely busy schedule and still makes sure she gives all the inspiration with the best fashion options.

   

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