Monday, November 23, 2009

Waheeda Rehman inaugurates 40th International Film Festival of India

“Our time line is to implement suitable changes by IFFI 2010”-Ambika Soni ,Minister For Information And Broadcasting.

40th International FilmFestival of India kicked-off with the renowned actor of yesteryears Waheeda Rahman inaugurating the festival along with I&B minister Ambika Soni. Actors Asin and Nana Patekar were also present at the inauguration at Kala Academy, Panaji, Goa. Waheeda Rehman inaugurated the Festival with the symbolic lighting of the lamp assisted by actors Asin and Nana Patekar as special guests in the presence of Shri Digambar V. Kamat ,Chief Minister of Goa, and Smt. Ambika Soni ,Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting. The International Jury headed by Brazilian Director Joao Batista de Andrade along with other members of the jury - Vic Sarin (Canada), Kenichi Okubu (Tokyo), Sarika (India) and Jean-Michel Frodon (France) were felicitated at the opening ceremony. Noted Film makers Gurinder Chadha, Nonzee Nimibutr and Roland Reber attended the inaugural function. Notable among those who attended the function included Shri Muzaffar Ali, Chairman, Feature Film Jury, Indian Panorama. Shri Raghu Menon , Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Government of India . Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said that a committee of experts will be constituted to recommend measures for making the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) a world class, global event.. “Our time line is to implement suitable changes by IFFI 2010”, she declared. The Minister added that IFFI belongs to all film lovers and invited all well wishers of IFFI to send their suggestions to the Ministry for the consideration of this Committee. “To see IFFI stand tall as one of the best International Film Festivals in the world is my vision, my goal”, the Ministeradded. . This time it was a paradigm shift with regard to entertaintment followed the inaguraral function. The well choreographed colourful rendition of the ensemble of classical dance forms from Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Kerala and Gujarat presented by the Kalashetra This programme was directed by Leela Samson.
The Chinese historical drama “Wheat” (MAI TIAN) directed by He Ping was screened at the close of the opening ceremony

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