Film stars descend virtually as 51st IFFI begins with precaution amid COVID-19 pandemic

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The glitz, glamour and star euphoria of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was changed by masks, sanitisers and restricted attendance on the inaugural ceremony of the 51st version of the film gala right here.

The coronavirus pandemic put a dent to IFFI final yr, with the pageant being pushed by two months from its common November present.

The pageant screens nationwide and worldwide movies and hosts artistes from the world over, partaking in masterclasses and discussions all through its nine-day run.

This yr, the pageant is having its first “hybrid mode” version, the place delegates can take part and watch movies and occasions virtually.

While earlier editions of the pageant’s opening hosted a cluster of stars, together with Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Karan Johar, the 51st version was a low-key affair.

The ongoing pandemic pointers ensured that no more than 250 folks have been current at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, the place the ceremony passed off.

Noted Kannada movie star Sudeep, actors Tisca Chopra, Manoj Joshi and filmmaker Priyadarshan have been amongst those that attended the occasion from the movie fraternity.

Bollywood stars like Ranveer Singh, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Vidya Balan, Anupam Kher, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Aparshakti Khurrana virtually despatched their finest needs for the pageant.

Balan mentioned the truth that IFFI has been held amid the pandemic proves the outdated movie trade saying: “the show must go on.”

“I’m so glad that regardless of the pandemic and the trials the yr has put us by, IFFI has been held with all security precautions put in place. IFFI is a chance to look at the very best of movies.

“Even though I won’t be there physically, I will be watching films on its OTT platform from the comfort of my home,” the 42-year-old actor mentioned in a video message.

Malayalam star Mohan Lal, in a video, mentioned it has turn out to be “abundantly clear” that the web is altering the way in which folks expertise and eat films.

“I am sure the Goa film festival will explore, reinvent or reframe the film festival experience itself…This, perhaps, will be the new norm of interacting with film festivals, especially with the film-makers, actors and technicians from around the globe,” he mentioned.

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Sudeep, who was the chief visitor on the ceremony, mentioned cinema has an unbelievable binding energy which resonates with folks the world over.

“Cinema is something that takes you around the world, gives you knowledge, gets you closer to the culture of the world. Let cinema be the new pandemic,” the 47-year-old actor mentioned.

The occasion was additionally attened by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India, Mohammad Imran.

Bangladesh is the main target nation on the 51st version of the pageant. The Country of Focus is a particular section that recognises the cinematic excellence and contributions of the nation.

At the inaugural ceremony, Javadekar introduced that the 2 nations are coming collectively to make a movie titled Bangabandhu.

Apart from this, the minister additionally inaugurated the NFDC Film Bazar, which might be held virtually.

Multiple Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award on the ceremony.

Storaro, 80, is acclaimed for his work in movies such as the 1970 drama The Conformist, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and The Last Emperor, helmed by Bernardo Bertolucci.

The cinematographer, nevertheless, was not current on the occasion and as an alternative thanked IFFI for the honour by a video message.

“This is an incredible honour. The visual journey I did, I couldn’t have done alone. I owe a lot to my collaborators and great directors like Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Coppola, Carlos Oliveira and Woody Allen. They led me in a specific way, to use my language of light,” he mentioned within the video.

Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg’s “Another Round, starring actor Mads Mikkelsen, opened the pageant.

The movie, which is Denmark’s official entry for Oscars 2020, revolves round 4 weary highschool academics experimenting with the liberating results of alcohol.

Vinterberg, who additionally couldn’t be current on the opening, mentioned the place to begin of the movie was a “pure celebration of alcohol, but it grew into a celebration of life.”

A complete of 224 movies might be screened beneath totally different sections on the 51st version, 15 of which is able to will compete for the Golden Peacock award.

The jury members of the pageant embody Argentina’s Pablo Cesar, Prasanna Vithanage from Sri Lanka, Abu Bakr Shawky (Austria), Priyadarshan and Rubaiyat Hossain (Bangladesh).

Only Priyadarshan, nevertheless, was current on the ocassion.

The pageant will even give homage to actors Irrfan Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput, Rishi Kapoor and Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman amongst 28 different artistes from the world cinema by showcasing their movies.

Saand Ki Aankh, directed by Tushar Hiranandani and that includes Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar, would be the opening film for the Panorama part on the pageant.

The pageant is carried out collectively by the Directorate of Film Festivals (beneath Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) and the state Government of Goa.

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