Rajinikanth awarded Film Personality of the Year at IFFI!
The 45th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) takes off tomorrow at Goa amid fanfare and a gala show of music and dance ...
The Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Panjim, Goa, was buzzing with electric energy as two Indian megastars - Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan- shared the stage at the inaugural ceremony of the International Film Festival of India on Thursday.
While Big B was the chief guest, Rajinikanth was awarded the Centenary Award for Film Personality of the Year. He graciously bowed down to touch Bachchan's feet, saying, "He's my big brother." When asked to make a speech, the Southern legend, who was accompanied by wife Latha, joked, "I thought I only had to collect the award."
He then dedicated the award to his "directors, producers and fans". Big B, who was without the missus, made up for Rajini's reticence with a lengthy speech. He reminisced about shooting his debut film Saat Hindustani in Goa, before giving a 'masterclass on the history of Indian cinema,' as hosts Anupam Kher and Raveena Tandon described it. Also present at the ceremony was former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who said, "I had given in writing that we will make the impossible happen and we have. Not only do we have two living legends-- Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan—amongst us, but Goa has become a permanent venue for IFFI, something which wasn't the case earlier."
He added, "I love Goa so much that I don't feel like going to Delhi," a reference to his new post at the Centre as the Defence Minister. China is the focus country at this year's edition and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon star Zhang Zhiyi did a good job of representing the nation in a scarlet gown. The indulgent applause died down when Information & Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley, who asserted that the Indian film industry has come of age, introduced Hong Kongbased filmmaker Wong Karwai, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, as a "noted Chinese filmmaker."
Unaware of the goof-up, he then proceeded to introduce the jury members. Other noted names who were present at the ceremony were, Vishal Bhardwaj, who was spotted with Gulzar. Actor Satish Kaushik, Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore, Goa's chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar and the state's governor Mridula Sinha, were among the attendees. The opening film of the 11-day festival was Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf's The President. It will conclude with Wong Kar- Wai's The Grandmaster.