India’s int’l film event to begin in Goa

India’s largest film event International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will begin Monday in the western state of Goa, officials said.

During the nine-day event, around 200 films from over 80 countries will be screened.

“The 48th IFFI will open with the much talked about new feature, ‘Beyond The Clouds’ from acclaimed filmmaker Majid Majidi and close with the world premiere of the Indo-Argentinian co-production ‘Thinking of Film’ directed by Pablo Cesar,” an official spokesman said.

Indian superstar and Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan will inaugurate the festival and the closing ceremony will be graced by another superstar Salman Khan.

India’s information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani will be present at the inaugural function.

“A galaxy of noted industry professionals, international guests, dignitaries and film celebrities will be attending the function,” officials from information and broadcasting ministry said.

Officials said acclaimed Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachcchan will be honored with the personality of the year award at the festival and celebrated Canadian director Atom Egoyan will be presented lifetime achievement award.

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