The opening ceremony of the International Film Festival of India 2019 (IFFI 2019) was quite grand as it started with two megastars of the Hindi film industry — Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan. legendary actor Rajinikanth was conferred the ‘Icon Of Golden Jubilee Award’ for his contribution to Indian cinema. He received the award in the presence of Amitabh Bachchan, Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant at the 50th edition of the film festival It’s a first-time award beginning with the 50th edition of IFFI. On the other hand Bachchan, in his address, said, “I have no words to express my gratitude to IFFI for honoring me and having a retrospective of my films.” Filmmaker Karan Johar who was present in the award function did the anchoring in this gala event. Apart from this, the highlight of the show was Shankar Mahadevan and his band collaborated with Louis Banks to perform a terrific ‘jugalbandi.’
The 50th International Film Festival of India 2019 will witness over 200 acclaimed films from 76 countries, with Russia as the country of focus. It also includes 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in the Indian panorama section. The festival will end on November 30.