Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be inaugurating the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), India’s biggest and Asia’s oldest film festival. SRK will make the official welcome address to all the delegates from across the globe as IFFI 2017 kicks off in the beach state of Goa. This year’s festival is scheduled to take place between the 20th to 28th of November.
Talking about the festival, Shah Rukh Khan expressed his joy as the theme of the festival is ‘The Future of Indian Cinema’.
He said, “It’s an exciting time for world cinema and especially Indian cinema. It’s wonderful that our country has opened its doors, with the International Film Festival of India, providing a platform to showcase some of the finest films from across the globe. As IFFI gets into its 48th year, I look forward to inaugurating the festival and celebrating what I regard in many ways as the future of cinema. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all the delegates to India, with open arms, as only we Indians can.”
We have also come to know that Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is going to be honoured with Personality of the Year award. Producer Girish Johar confirmed the same in a tweet.
— Girish Johar (@girishjohar) November 15, 2017
IFFI has been surrounded by controversies after the Information and Broadcasting Ministry dropped films like S Durga and Nude from the final list of feature films to be screened at the festival. Following this announcement jury chairman Sujoy Ghosh and members like Apurva Asrani and Gyan Correa resigned from the jury.