Rajini honoured at IFFI, dedicates award to fans
The wait was finally over as the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India kicked off in Goa on Wednesday. The star-studded grand opening hosted Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth, who flagged off the extravaganza at the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Bambolim.
Official dignitaries present were I & B Minister Prakash Javdekar, Chief Minister of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant, CEO, ESG Amit Satija and Festival Director Chaitanya Prasad who officiated the inaugural ceremony. Also present were Babul Supriyo, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change.
Rajinikanth, who was awarded the Icon of Golden Jubilee Award, said that he was extremely happy to receive this prestigious award and thanked the Indian government for bestowing him with the honour. He dedicated his award to producers, directors, technicians and his fans.
Javdekar said, “India has lots of scenic and beautiful shooting sites for national and international films but shooting at these locations requires around 15-20 permissions. Government is now preparing for single-window arrangement which will take care of all the permissions and it will benefit places like Goa,
Leh-Ladakh and Andaman & Nicobar.”
Javadekar also mentioned a special film made by the Goan filmmaker for the visually impaired. “It is important that they enjoy cinema. We watch movies through our eyes and ears. They watch movies only through their ears. Film world should have such sensibility. Based on the narration, the scene will be explained.”