Smriti Irani addresses the crowd at IFFI 2017. "India is a country of celebration, love and young energy. As King Khan said, 'it is a land of stories.'" And with this, the star studded opening ceremony comes to an end.
The opening films is Iranian director Majid Majidi's Beyond the Clouds, which has Shahid Kapoor's brother Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan in the lead roles.
"Everybody needs to understand that CBFC has to take a neutral decision. This situation has not been created by CBFC that people are protesting on streets. The board has nothing to do with it.", says Prasoon Joshi on the ongoing Padmavati Row which has stirred the industry, threatening freedom of speech and expression.
The 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India will have three Indian films vying for the coveted Golden Peacock. Total 15 films from across the globe will compete for the award, including Indian projects - "Kachcha Limbu" (Marathi), "Take Off" (Malayalam) and "Village Rockstars" (Assamese).
The entire cast of Beyond the Clouds in on stage. Directed and written by Majid Majidi, the film stars Ishaan Khatter, actor Shahid Kapoor's younger brother and Malavika Mohanan in the lead roles. AR Rahman has composed the music for the film...
The festival will also celebrate the iconic spy James Bond by dedicating a section of the festival to him.
Like the previous year, this time also the festival will celebrate the journey and contribution of women to Indian Cinema with a special show ‘Drums of India’, showcasing the country’s unique feature of cultural diversity. This year the country of focus at IFFI is Canada. It will be celebrated with a grand red carpet opening amidst the presence of noted Canadian film personalities.
IFFI will open with the much talked about new feature, Beyond The Clouds, which also marks Ishaan Khattar’s film debut. The film is directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi. The world premiere of director Pablo Cesar’s Indo-Argentinian co-production Thinking of Film will close the festival.
Beyond The Clouds is an extension of Majidi's cinematic beliefs, the roots of which lie in human values, love, friendship and family bonding.
Azmi also pointed out that despite an FIR, there's been no action against the
This year the event has not been away from controversy. Two indie films, S Durga and Nude, were left out of the final list of the festival which led to the resignation of the fest's jury member Sujoy Ghosh and Apoorva Asrani. An alleged involvement of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is said to be the reason for the dispute.
On November 9, the I&B Ministry released the final list of 26 feature and 16 non-feature films for the Indian Panorama section of IFFI, which is scheduled to be held from November 20 to 28 in Goa.
Sanal, upset with the sequence of events over the past a few days, said he had been forced to run around the court and interact with the media, telling them what was latest regarding rejection of his film.
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