Today marks the beginning of the 54th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), a prestigious event hosted by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, in Goa. The festival will last until November 28 and will feature screenings of various films and masterclass sessions with renowned personalities from India and across the globe. The opening ceremony will have many celebrities in attendance and will be a spectacle to behold.
According to reports, the opening ceremony will feature performances by Madhuri Dixit and Shahid Kapoor and will be presented by Aparshakti Khurrana and Karishma Tanna. Other stars like Shriya Saran, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Shantanu Moitra, Shreya Ghoshal and Sukhwinder Singh will also entertain the audience with their dazzling acts while Pankaj Tripathi will pay tribute to the former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, by reading some of his poems.
IFFI opening day ceremony to conclude with performances from Jawan and Pathaan
There’s more to it. The government has planned to showcase performances on some songs to narrate India’s success story. Therefore, the performance of RRR’s (2022) song ‘Naatu Naatu’ will evoke the Oscar glory, Pushpa’s (2021) ‘Saami Saami’ will reflect the rising fame of South Indian cinema, ’83’s (2021) ‘Jeetega Jeetega’ will rejoice Chandrayaan-3’s triumphant landing and India’s Asian Games victories.
Finally, the performances on the songs ‘Jhoome Jo Pathaan’ and ‘Not Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ from Shah Rukh Khan-starrers Pathaan and Jawan respectively will celebrate the revival of Hindi cinema after the Covid-19 pandemic.
The industry faced a hard time from 2020 to 2022 as several films flopped miserably in theatres. 2023, however, brought a lot of joy thanks to the success of several films. Pathaan became the first film to cross the Rs. 500 crores mark. Jawan also joined the elite club and so did Sunny Deol-starrer Gadar 2.
It is also being reported that Karan Johar and Sara Ali Khan will launch the first look of their Amazon Prime Video movie, Ae Watan Mere Watan, at IFFI, on November 21. Moreover, Michael Douglas will be awarded with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award. He and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, will attend the festival.
The 53rd IFFI promises to be a grand and memorable event, that will celebrate the diversity, richness and excellence of cinema, and bring together the film fraternity and the film lovers from across the globe.
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