IFFI - International Film Festival of India is known as one of the most significant film festivals in Asia region. In 2019, the festival is held in the state of Goa.
The megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth inaugurated the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa where the South Film Industry superstar Rajinikanth was honored with the Icon of Golden Jubilee Award towards his contribution in the field of arts and cinema.
After receiving the award, he said "I am extremely happy to receive this prestigious Icon Award of IFFI Golden Jubilee. My heartfelt thanks to the Indian Government. I would like to dedicate this award to my producers, directors and all technicians who worked in my films and above all to my fans."
Rajinikanth has expressed his happiness to receive the prestigious award from Amitabh Bachchan and felicitated him for the same thanking him for his inspiration. He also dedicated this award to all the people who worked with him in the movies from producers, directors to technicians including fans and people of Tamil Nadu.
Known as 'Thalaivar', the veteran actor has worked in more than 150 movies and also collaborated with Amitabh Bachchan in Hindi movies like Hum, Andhaa Kanoon, and Geraftaar.
Amitabh Bachchan also revealed about this 1969 Bollywood movie 'Saat Hindustani' that he shot this movie in Goa and in a nostalgic moment tweeted that Coming to Goa is coming home.
Big B's debut movie was shot in Goa in which he played the role of one of the seven 'Satyagrahis' and story revolves around the colonial Portuguese regime to free the coastal state.
French actress, Isabelle Huppert received the Lifetime Achievement award at the IFFI ceremony.
During the IFFI festival, around 200 movies from 76 countries will be screened out of which 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films will be screened as a part of Indian cinema.
The opening ceremony of IFFI was held at the Shyama Prasad Stadium where Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar along with Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant were present. The festival will run from November 20-28.