Panaji (Goa) [India]Nov 28 (ANI): The 9-day 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) concluded in Goa on Monday.
At the closing ceremony at the stadium, Dr. Actor Akshay Kumar, South superstar Chiranjeevi, veteran film legend Asha Parekh and Union Minister Anurag Thakur among others made an appearance at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee near Panaji.
Akshay said, “India is on the way to becoming a superpower. Maximum number of films are shot in India and our films are produced in most languages. Thank you IFFI for the way it has brought our films to the global audience.”
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who also graced the closing ceremony, told ANI, “IFFI is always a lot of fun. I think Goa blends perfectly with entertainment because you feel so good. The atmosphere here is great.”
The ‘Dream Girl’ actor is currently busy promoting his upcoming bizarre thriller ‘Action Hero’.
Talking about his film, Ayushmann told ANI, “‘Action Hero is a very special film for me. It’s something new for me as I’m dabbling in this (action) genre for the first time. It’s hitting theaters on December 2 and I’m very excited. “
IFFI was first held in 1952 and has been held annually since then to provide a common platform for the best cinematography at the international level and to showcase excellence in cinematic art. It is organized by the Directorate of Film Festivals in Asia, an organization under the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
During the 9-day festival, 280 films from 79 countries were screened. There were 25 feature films and 20 non-feature films from India in the “Indian Panorama” section, while 183 films were part of the international programme.
Films selected for the “Indian Panorama” section to promote the art of cinema will also be used for non-profit screening at international film festivals in India and abroad, Indian Film Weeks organized under bilateral cultural exchange programs and specialized Indian Film Festivals outside the Cultural Exchange Protocols , as well as special Indian Panorama festivals in India.
“Indian Panorama” was introduced in 1978 under the auspices of IFFI to promote Indian films along with the rich culture and heritage of the country through the art of cinema.
Since its inception, ‘Indian Panorama’ has been dedicated to showcasing the best of Indian cinema. (NEITHER)
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