Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth to add star power at IFFI opening

Panaji: Cine idols Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth will add star power at the inauguration of the 50th edition of International Film Festival Of India (IFFI) on November 20.

Over 9,000 delegates have already registered for the event, which is scheduled to screen over 200 films from 76 countries, including 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films as part of Indian Panorama.

The opening ceremony will feature the screening of the Italian film “Despite The Fog, directed by Goran Paskaljevic. Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “Marghe And Her Mother” will be the festival’s closing film, which will be screened on November 28.

Bollywood director Karan Johar will be compering the opening ceremony, in the presence of Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, Secretary for Information and Broadcasting Amit Khare, and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

IFFI is jointly organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and the Goa government’s Entertainment Society of Goa, which have collectively spent around Rs. 40 crore for organising the 50th edition.

This year, IFFI will also honour one of French cinema’s iconic actresses, Isabelle Huppert, with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

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