Evergreen star of silver screen and Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner, Dev Anand will be the chief guest on the inaugural ceremony of the 36th International Film Festival of India beginning here from November 24. While South Indian mega star, Chiranjivi has been invited as guest of honour.
[The Navhind Times]
Dev Anand to be chief guest for IFFI
NT Staff Reporter
Panaji, Nov 20: Evergreen star of silver screen and Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner, Dev Anand will be the chief guest on the inaugural ceremony of the 36th International Film Festival of India beginning here from November 24. While South Indian mega star, Chiranjivi has been invited as guest of honour. The ceremony will be presided over by the Union Urban Development Minister, Mr S Jaipal Reddy, who was former information and broadcasting minister, and the Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsing Rane.
The director of the directorate of film festival, Mr Afzal Amanullah, who arrived in ESG Headquarters at Campal this evening, had hectic meetings with various agencies connected with organisation of the film festival.
Talking to The Navhind Times this evening, Mr Amanullah said the new I&B Minister, Mr Priyaranjan Dasmunshi has reviewed the situation and requested Mr Reddy to represent the I&B ministry at the inaugural ceremony of the IFFI. Mr Dasmunshi spoke to Mr Reddy and requested him to represent the I&B ministry because Mr Reddy was involved in organisational matter of the 36th IFFI, he said. Mr Dasmunshi is expected to attend the concluding ceremony on December 4.
Mr Amanullha said Dev Anand and Chiranjivi have accepted the invitations extended by the DFF. He said Mr Reddy would also represent the I&B ministry at the customary dinner after the inauguration of the festival.
Asked whether the IFFI works are progressing as per schedule, Mr Amanullha said all things would be put in order before the inaugural ceremony. Mr Amanullha said the open air pandal will be erected at the Inox courtyard without disturbing Inox customers and members of the press and IFFI delegation going to watch the press shows beginning tomorrow.
ESG officials were busy in finalising the names of the film stars who have confirmed their participation and the DFF is expected to release the names of the film stars tomorrow. The IFFI has planned a retrospective on Hrishikesh Mukharjee, and this session is expected to be inaugurated by Jaya Bhaduri and Abhisekh Bachchan.
ESG sources said that open air pandal has been designed by the event management firm engaged for the IFFI and it is expected to have a seating capacity of 1600. A senior police team headed by the Director-General of Police, Mr Neeraj Kumar, accompanied by the North Goa superintendent of police, Mr D V Sawant and SP (traffic), Mr Atmaram Deshpande has briefed the DFF chief on security arrangement.
Meanwhile, screening of shows for press and delegates begins from tomorrow morning with the first screening of the Assamese film Laaz at Screen 2 at 10 a.m., while Kaazcha, a Malayalam film, will screened in Screen 3 at 9.30 a.m. Iqbal a film directed by Naguesh Kunkunoor, will be screened at Screen 2 at 12 noon tomorrow. Paheli, a film directed by Amol Palekar, will be shown at 11.30 a.m. in Screen 3.
On November 22, the screening schedule is as follow: Screen two: Uttarayan (Marathi), directed by Bipin Nadkarni at 10 a.m.; Antarmahal, Bengali film directed by Rituparno Ghosh at 12 noon; Krantikaal, Bengali film directed by Sekhar Das at 3 p.m. and Swapneer Din, Bengali film directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta at 6 p.m.
While the screening schedule on November 22 for Screen 1 is: The Wild Guys, Canadian film directed by William Gereghty at 11 a.m. while Divergence (San cha kou), Honk Kong film directed by Benny Chan at 2.30 p.m. and Manderlay, a film from Denmark directed by Lars Van Trier at 5 .30 p.m.
On November 23 following films will be screened at Screen 2: Ditiyo Bashanta (Bengali at 10 a.m.), Daivanmathil (Malayalam