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IFFI 2019: Big B gets nostalgic, Karan Johar hosts; Rajini receives Icon of the Jubilee

The 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India kicked off in Goa at Shyama Prasad Stadium.

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Updated: Nov 20, 2019, 06.50 PM IST
Senior Bachchan honouring Rajinikanth (left) and Karan Johar (right) hosting IFFI 2019.
Senior Bachchan honouring Rajinikanth (left) and Karan Johar (right) hosting IFFI 2019.
The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) kicked off today in Goa. The opening ceremony was hosted by filmmaker and Dharma Productions head, Karan Johar. Among those who attended the ceremony were the ‘Shahenshah’ of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan and superstar Rajinikanth who received Icon of the Jubilee Award.

About 7,000 delegates attended the star-studded event at Shyama Prasad Stadium. French actress Isabelle Huppert was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Post the announcement, Tamil cinema actor Rajinikanth had sent out a tweet expressing his gratitude for the same.

Senior Bachchan presented Rajinikanth with the honour.

In his acceptance speech, Rajinikanth thanked the Government of India, Amitabh Bachchan, the Chief Minister of Goa and the dignitaries.

"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," said Rajinikanth.

Huppert, who has appeared in more than 120 films won the biggest honour of the night.

What’s more? Singer Shankar Mahadevan gave a riveting performance with 'The Godfather Of Indian Jazz', Louis Banks.

Big B felt nostalgic walking the red carpet and remembered his first film which was shot in Goa.

The event also included a tribute to late Goa CM Manohar Parrikar. A special stamp was also released to commemorate 50 years of the festival.

Amitabh Bachchan Beyond Cinema: TV, Philanthropy, Politics

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King Of All Trades

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A name that needs no introduction, a voice that is recognised by millions, and a presence that makes even the most established actors nervous. Amitabh Bachchan is in every sense one of the biggest superstars the country has seen. Having spent 50 years in the industry, and given fans masterpieces like 'Zanjeer', ‘Deewar’, ‘Sholay’, ‘Black’, and ‘Paa’ among several others, the Big B - as he commonly known - is a force to be reckoned with, even as he turns 77. Showing no signs of slowing down, the Padma Vibhushan-awardee’s upcoming films include Ayan Mukerji’s ‘Brahmastra’, Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ and Rumi Jaffery’s ‘Chehre’. While continuing to enthrall audiences every time he comes on screen, the superstar, who was 'selected unanimously' for Dadasaheb Phalke award this year, also dabbled in several other trades - sometimes succeeding, at other times not so much - through the course of his professional journey. Here’s a look at Bachchan Sr. beyond films.

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