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IFFI 2019: Big B & Rajini’s Bromance, Shankar Mahadevan’s Performance Steal The Limelight

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An Evening To Remember
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An Evening To Remember

The 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) kicked off in Goa on Tuesday at Shyama Prasad Stadium. The eight-day long affair that celebrates cinema will continue till November 28. The festival provides a platform to show excellence in film art from across the world.

As is tradition, the who’s who of Bollywood graced the event with their presence. Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, film-maker Karan Johar,superstar Rajinikanth were joined by director Madhur Bhandarkar, producer Sidharth Roy Kapur, singer and Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Babul Supriyo.

The film festival began with the screening of the film ‘Despite the Fog’ directed by acclaimed documentarian Goran Paskaljevic representing Italy. Over 250 films from 76 countries will be screened at the festival with a special focus of Russia.

With power-packed performances, heartfelt speeches and riveting tributes, the opening ceremony was a memorable night.

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South Superstar Wins Big
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South Superstar Wins Big

Revered Tamil cinema superstar, Rajinikanth, was honoured with Icon of the Jubilee award at the festival. The ‘Kaala’ star was felicitated by the Big B.

Accepting the award, the megastar thanked the Government of India, Amitabh Bachchan, the Chief Minister of Goa and the dignitaries present at the event.

He also expressed gratitude towards his fans and his Tamil ‘makkal’. “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," the 68-year-old said in his acceptance speech.

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A Nostalgic Big B
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A Nostalgic Big B

Amitabh Bachchan arrived at the festival in style in a black bandhgala. At the event, the 77-year-old, who shot his first film in the coastal state, said that he was feeling nostalgic. This comes after the veteran actor missed Sharjah Book Fair and Kolkata Film Festival, earlier this month due to ill health.

“It's always a nostalgic feeling to be back in Goa. I shot my first film in Goa and it brings me immense pleasure to come back here,” Senior Bachchan said at the red carpet.

The ‘Sholay’ star kicked off the ceremony on an auspicious note, by lighting a lamp with megastar Rajinikanth.

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The Brewing Bromance
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The Brewing Bromance

Before presenting Rajinikanth with the Icon of the Jubilee award, Amitabh Bachchan was all praises for the south superstar. Not only did the the 77-year-old call Rajinikanth ‘his family’, he also shared how the two of them often advise each other, but rarely follow it.

“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,” the ‘Paa’ actor said. Calling Rajini an ‘inspiration’, he spoke about how the star made it big despite his humble beginnings.

The stars were also seen posing with each other at the event and the brewing bromance between the two was quite evident.

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A Riveting Performance
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A Riveting Performance

The opening ceremony of IFFI saw some power-packed performances. Singer and music composer Shankar Mahadevan enthralled the audience by singing some of his hit songs.

In addition to leaving the audience captivated with his soulful rendition of the classic song ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhaara’, he also gave a staggering performance with 'The Godfather Of Indian Jazz' Louis Banks.

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Huppert Feted With A Big Honour
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Huppert Feted With A Big Honour

French actress Isabelle Huppert bagged the biggest honour of the night, winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony. The actress has won two Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival for her films Violette Nozière (1978) and The Piano Teacher (2001).

For the uninitiated, Huppert has appeared in more than 120 films and is the most nominated actress for the highly-coveted César Award, with 16 nominations, and has won it twice.

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