IFFI plays host to world cinema
The International Film Festival of India, 2013, was a must watch.
The picturesque capital of Goa, Panjim, played host to the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held from November 20-30 last year. A starry medley of filmmakers, actors and delegates made their way to multiple venues, with many international delegates making their presence felt; from Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi, creator of the acclaimed Children of Heaven to Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon. The Indian contingent was impressive too, Ultimate diva Rekha of the red lips and kanjeevaram fame, Rani Mukherjee, Nana Patekar, Deepti Naval, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, R. Madhavan and Alia Bhatt among others attended the event.
As 2013 marked the centennial year of Indian cinema, the inaugural ceremony was a celebration of the best of Indian traditions with Pandit Birju Maharaj, Shobhana and Ustad Nishat Khan performing to timeless tracks from iconic films of yesteryear. The lamp at the opening ceremony, the lamp was lit by the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Mr. Manish Teiwari along with actor Kamal Haasan, Susan Sarandon and Chief Minister of Goa Mr. Manohar Parrikar. Portuguese film Beatriz’s War, set in East Timor, won the prestigious Golden Peacock award. Directed by Luigi Acquisto and Bety Reis, the film won hands down. Well known Czech filmmaker Jiri Menzel, was conferred a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to world cinema, with Kamal Haasan—acclaimed actor and director in his own right—applauding Menzel’s genius. Read on for a pictorial guide of the ten day film festival.
Waheeda Rehman lights the inauguration lamp as Sarandon and Haasan look on
Actress Susan Sarandon and Iranian film maker Majid Majidi
The ever gracious Waheeda Rehman received a standing ovation as she received the inaugural Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year
Bengal tigresses Kajol and Rani Mukherjee make their presence felt
One of the venues at Panaji decorated for the event
Resplendent in a gorgeous golden Kanjeevaram and heavy gold jewelry, yesteryear star Rekha
A still from Beatriz’s War that dealt with the relationship between men and women in the backdrop of violence in East Timor
Remo Fernandes performed during the closing ceremony
Huma Qureshi attends the film festival
Two generations of actresses, Alia and Rani at an event
Alia goes traditional in an anarkali at IFFI
Susan Sarandon goes colorful
Michelle Yeoh, chief guest at the closing ceremony
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