Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Shahrukh Khan inaugurated the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-07)

Shahrukh Khan , the actor ,inaugurated the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-07) today at Goa in the august presence of Shri P. R. Dasmunsi Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Digambar KamatChief Minister of Goa,the Tamil actress helped the dignataries lit the inaugural lamp. Shri Dasmunsi in his remarks announced the decision of his Ministry to confer life time achievement award on the veteran actor Dilip Kumar. Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar will be conferred with the life time achievement award for film songs. Shri Dasmunsi said that in the present era of technological innovations, a new vision is needed to ensure its fruition for the benefit of commoners. Affordable cinema for the huge mass of film lovers in the country should be ensured by harnessing new technology. Indian film legends like Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan have been the true cultural ambassadors of India commanding worldwide following. He described Shahrukh Khan as a true icon of Indian youth and sports.Shri DasMunsi also said about the submission of report by the committee set up to suggest measures to tackle piracy in the film sector . Government is likely to finalize its view on Optical Disc laws for this purpose by December end.
While addressing the gathering Shahrukh Khan said " this premier event is a pride of the nation. Recognizing the contribution of the ordinary man in raising the popularity of cinema, he said ‘lets dedicate 38th IFFI to ordinary people." Mr. Khan said, cinema provides people independence from loneliness and a perceived bond with the celluloid characters. This enlivens the dreams and a course to look up to. He said, through the medium of cinema we try to reach out to others crossing cultural barriers. Shri Kamat Chief Minister of Goa felt that brand IFFI would make Goa a sought after destination for foreign as well as Indian film makers. Secretary (I&B), Smt. Asha Swarup, Chief Secretary, Goa, Shri J. P. Singh, Panjim Mayor, Mr. Tony Rodrigues, Festival Director, Smt. Neelam Kapur and prominent film personalities were among those present.Romanian film ‘4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days’ was screened as the opening film. The Director of the opening film Mr. Cristian Mungiu and the main actress, Anamaria Marinca were felicitated at the inaugural ceremony. Foreign delegates from Netherlands, China, Poland and Mexico were also present.

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