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IFFI 2021 opening ceremony Live Updates: Hema Malini is Film Personality of the Year, Salman Khan and Karan Johar cheer

International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2021 opening ceremony live updates: Hema Malini and Prasoon Joshi will be honoured as I&B minister Anurag Thakur, actors Salman Khan and Ranveer Singh attend.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 20, 2021 8:05:06 pm
salman khan hema malini karan johar iffi goaIFFI 2021 is being held in Goa. (Photos: Screengrab/PIB India)

The 52th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is being held on Saturday in Goa. The nine-day film gala will be organised in a hybrid format – virtual and physical – and will go on till November 28.

The opening ceremony is attended by Bollywood stars Salman Khan and Ranveer Singh. It will also see the presence of actors Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor, amongst others. Around 75 film celebrities are set to attend the festival.

Touted to be India’s largest festival, this year it will honour Hollywood stalwart Martin Scorsese and celebrated Hungarian filmmaker Istevan Szabo with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award.

The IFFI organisers recently announced an interesting line-up for Indian Panorama segment for 2021. Once again several regional-language movies are set to dominate this segment.

Veteran actor Hema Malini and lyricist Prasoon Joshi will be honoured with the Indian Personality of the Year award at the IFFI 2021. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur shared the news. “Their contributions to the field of Indian cinema spreads over decades and their body of work has enthralled audiences across generations. They are Indian cinematic icons who are admired and respected the world over,” Thakur said.

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20:05 (IST)20 Nov 2021
The King of all the World opens IFFI

Director Carlos Saura's Spanish musical The King of all the World was chosen to open the festival. The film had its international premiere in Goa.

19:43 (IST)20 Nov 2021
75 aspiring filmmakers honoured

The 75 aspiring filmmakers, who were addressed as 'creative minds' were called on stage for a photo op with the organisers, ministers and jury of International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

19:22 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Hema Malini felicitated

The stage of IFFI saw a special video created out of Hema Malini's iconic films and characters. The diva was bestowed with Indian Personality of the Year award.

19:03 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Salman Khan attends

Salman Khan was caught on camera sitting in the audience and enjoying the opening ceremony of International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Salman, who is currently hosting Bigg Boss 15, will next be seen in film Antim alongside his real-life brother-in-law Ayush Sharma. (Photo: Screengrab/PIB India)

18:43 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Anurag Thakur on importance of OTT players

"For the first time, we have invited major OTT players to participate in International Film Festival of India through exclusive Masterclasses, content launches and previews, curated film packages, and various virtual events via 
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, ZEE5, Voot and SonyLIV," Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said.

18:31 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Hema Malini gets Indian Personality of the Year award

Hema Malini received the Indian Personality of the Year award by Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur. When host Maniesh Paul asked Hema about the characters she's loved playing all these years, she said all the roles have been special. She however picked films Lal Patthar, Ek Chadar Maili Si, Sholay and Seeta Aur Geeta as her personal favourites. (Photo: Screengrab/PIB India)

18:00 (IST)20 Nov 2021
IFFI's tribute to Martin Scorsese

The audience at IFFI 2021 got to see a glimpse of the pathbreaking work by iconic filmmaker Martin Scorsese who was given the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award at it 52nd edition on Satuurday.

17:49 (IST)20 Nov 2021
IFFI 2021 jury felicitated

The jury of IFFI 2021 is chaired by Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad, which includes filmmakers from Iran, Sri Lanka, UK, Columbia and India. Other jury members for the international competition are Stephen Woolley, producer, director from UK, Ciro Guerra, filmmaker from Columbia, Vimukthi Jayasundara, filmmaker from Sri Lanka, and Nila Madhab Panda from the Indian side.

17:35 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Istevan Szabo receives Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award

Audience got to see an audio-visual of Istevan Szabo's films. The Hungarian filmmaker thanked the organisers of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) for bestowing him with the prestigious award. Szabo gave a message to India through a clip. (Photo: Screengrab/PIB India)

17:29 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Martin Scorsese receives Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award

Martin Scorsese shared how Satyajit Ray's films inspired him as a filmmaker. (Photo: Screengrab/PIB India)

17:19 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Watch: IFFI 2021 opening ceremony

17:11 (IST)20 Nov 2021
OTT channels to participate at IFFI 2021

Leading streaming giants will make their presence felt at IFFI 2021.

16:51 (IST)20 Nov 2021
IFFI 2021 flaunts of big names

Several leading fimmakers will hold Master classes at IFFI 2021.

16:28 (IST)20 Nov 2021
IFFI 2021 hosts

International Film Festival of India Director Chaitanya Prasad announced that the opening ceremony for the 52nd edition will be hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Manish Paul. 

15:46 (IST)20 Nov 2021
IFFI 2021 opening ceremony to stream live

PIB India tweeted the information about its live stream.

IFFI has also invited leading streaming platforms to the festival, incuding Netflix, Amazon Prime, Voot, SonyLIV and Zee5. The OTT channels will mark their participation through a series of physical and virtual events including masterclasses, content launches and previews and screenings of curated film packages.

Netflix will hold a three-day virtual masterclass by the Paris-based renowned school of image and arts, Gobelins School L’image. The festival will host India premiere of Netflix movie and winner of Best Director at Venice Film Festival, The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion. There will be a special screening of Kartik Aaryan’s latest release Dhamaka too.

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