Goa, Nov 22 (): Akshay Kumar, Bollywood actor inaugurated 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji, Goa Tuesday evening by lighting a traditional lamp. This cinematic extravaganza will celebrate the 100 years of Indian cinema over the next 10 days.
Akshay Kumar said he felt proud that the festival was taking place in the centenary year of Indian cinema.
Irrfan Khan and Tabu’s much-anticipated film ‘Life of Pi’ opened the film festival. It is Ang Lee’s much-expected Oscar hopeful movie. The screening of the 3D film marked the first showing ahead of the worldwide opening on Friday and the movie’s lead stars, Irrfan and Tabu were present on the occasion.
Krzysztof Zanussi, Polish filmmaker was honoured by the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award after the inauguration.
The film festival, which will be celebrated for 11 days, will screen over 160 films from over 70 countries. IFFI’s Cinema of the World section will feature 55 films; International Competition section will have 15 films; the Indian Panorama has 20 feature films; Indian Premiere section will have 47 films and 19 documentaries.
A new section celebrating Asian spiritualism through cinema has been launched in 43rd IFFI. Films like Light of Asia, The Buddha, Samsara, The Burmese Harp, The Great Pilgrim and Mystic Iran: The Unseen World will be screened under this section titled Soul of Asia: Cinema and Mysticism.
Akshay praised his late father-in-law Rajesh Khanna, and requested the gathering to observe a minute’s silence for his father-in-law Rajesh Khanna, Dev Anand, Yash Chopra, Ashok Mehta, A K Hangal and Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray.
To make the film festival more interesting, Film Festivals directorate has decided to revive the beach screenings tradition in Goa this year. In 2004, the beach screenings were first introduced in the festival but the idea was subsequently discontinued.
About 12,000 delegates are expected to attend the festival. The festival will come to a close on November 30, by screening the closing film ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ by Mira Nair.