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IFFI 2019 opening ceremony highlights: Rajinikanth receives Icon of Golden Jubilee award

The opening ceremony of the 50th International Film Festival of Goa (IFFI 2019) was held at Goa's Shyama Prasad Stadium. The film festival will conclude on November 28.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2019 6:39:58 pm
iffi 2019 A host of stars attended the opening ceremony of IFFI 2019. (Photo: Twitter/IFFI2019).

The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) kicked off in Goa today. The film fest will be an eight-day-long affair and will conclude on November 28. The first IFFI was held way back in 1952, under then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s patronage.

The film festival’s opening ceremony, held at Shyama Prasad Stadium, was hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar. While French actress Isabelle Huppert was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement award during the opening ceremony of IFFI 2019, Superstar Rajinikanth was honoured with the Icon of Golden Jubilee award for his contribution to arts and cinema.

PHOTOS: Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan and others attend IFFI 2019 opening ceremony

200 movies from 76 countries are expected to be screened during the 50th International Film Festival of India. Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Amitabh Bachchan’s movies will also be screened during the course of the film festival.

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18:29 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Amitabh Bachchan heaps praise on Rajinikanth

After receiving an award during the opening ceremony of IFFI 2019, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan said, "Thank you for inviting me to the event and bestowing upon me such a big honour. It is the blessing of my father and mother. I am standing in front of you today because of all the directors, writers, producers and music directors. But I am most grateful to my fans. In all phases of my life, you have supported me. I am indebted to you for all the love. I won't be able to repay the debt. I don't want to repay the debt as I would like to keep this love with me always. I thank the Indian government, Goa government and my friend and talented actor Rajinikanth. Rajinikanth is a part of my family. There is lot of back and forth between us. Sometimes I advise Rajinikanth, and at times he advises me. It is a different matter that we don't listen to each other's advice. I feel relationships are made of this. Sometimes I tell him not to do something, but he goes ahead and does it. Sometimes he tells me to do something, but I go ahead and do it. Thank you so much Rajini for being with me and being an incredible source of inspiration. Such a humble human being. Came up from such humble beginnings. It is incredible that we have him here with us today, inspiring us every day and night. Thank you so much Rajiniji. Thank you once again, ladies and gentleman. I have no words to express my gratitude to IFFI for honouring me today and for also having a retrospective of my films which should be starting tomorrow. I am grateful that you have chosen me and my films for a retrospective. I hope to see some of you there."

17:37 (IST)20 Nov 2019
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17:30 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Inside IFFI 2019 opening ceremony
17:13 (IST)20 Nov 2019
I dedicate this award to all my producers, directors and technicians: Rajinikanth

"The honourable chief minister of Goa, honourable minister Prakash Javadekarji, my inspiration Amitabh Bachchanji, all dignitaries, ladies and gentlemen, good evening to everybody. I am extremely happy to receive the International Film Festival of India's prestigious Icon of Golden Jubilee award. My heartfelt thanks to the Indian government for honouring me with this award. I dedicate this award to all my producers, directors and technicians who worked in my films. And above all my fans and my Tamil makkal. Thank you. Jai Hind," says Rajinikanth.

17:01 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Icon of Golden Jubilee award

Superstar Rajinikanth bestowed with the Icon of Golden Jubilee award during the opening ceremony of International Film Festival of India 2019.

16:55 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Lifetime Achievement Award

French actress Isabelle Huppert honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremony of International Film Festival of India 2019.

16:49 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Russia is the 'focus country'

The 'country of focus' of the 50th International Film Festival of India is Russia.

16:46 (IST)20 Nov 2019
A special stamp

A special stamp is being released to honour the glorious 50 years of the film festival. 

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Shankar Mahadevan is giving a riveting performance
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Shankar Mahadevan and Louis Banks perform a special set

Musicians Shankar Mahadevan and Louis Banks take over the stage for a fusion performance. 

16:05 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Despite the Fog team is on stage

The cast and director of Despite the Fog take the stage. 

16:04 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Clip of IFFI 2019's opening film Despite the Fog screened

Despite the Fog is helmed by Serbian director Goran Paskaljević and deals with the refugee crisis in Europe. 

16:01 (IST)20 Nov 2019
The jury gets felicitated

This year's IFFI's jury members include famous film personalities such as John Bailey, Lynne Ramsay and Ramesh Sippy among others. 

15:58 (IST)20 Nov 2019
John Bailey is here

Former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bailey is welcomed on stage by host Karan Johar. 

15:48 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Filmmaker Ken Loach shares his thoughts on cinema

Critically acclaimed English director Ken Loach discussed the idea of what constitues art and cinema in this day and age via a video message. 

15:36 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth make their way to the venue
15:34 (IST)20 Nov 2019
90 Indian movies to be screened at IFFI

Amit Khare announces that a selection of 90 Indian films will be screened during the movie gala. 

15:32 (IST)20 Nov 2019
I&B secretary Amit Khare takes the stage

Information and Broadcasting secretary Amit Khare is welcoming the audience and chief guests. 

15:30 (IST)20 Nov 2019
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15:27 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Tribute to Manohar Parrikar

A short film on former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar is being screened at the opening ceremony of IFFI 2019.

While Italian refugee drama Despite the Fog will open the 50th International Film Festival of India, Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Marghe and Her Mother will close the film festival.

Special Masterclass sessions will also be held during IFFI 2019 where the audience will get a chance to interact with guest speakers like Ilaiyaraaja, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Isabelle Huppert, Madhur Bhandarkar and Farah Khan among others.