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Flavours of Indian cinema come alive at IFFI 2018 opening ceremony

Over its nine-day duration, IFFI 2018 will showcase 212 films from 68 countries. (Photo credit: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore/Twitter)

A slight pitter-patter of raindrops in Goa on Tuesday evening made way for a vibrant red carpet roll-out for the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) opening ceremony, which saw a melange of history, action, romance and music, to bring alive different flavours of national and international cinema.

Government dignitaries, Bollywood celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Prasoon Joshi, apart from international guests, delegates and an audience full of movie buffs came together at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium for the gala.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore welcomed everyone to the jamboree, saying IFFI was a platform for the younger generation to showcase their talent and for international filmmakers to see India and explore the country’s talent pool.

He said the festival delves on the past, present and future, as they are screening not just an evergreen Hindi drama like Sholay but also discussing the burgeoning world of OTT platforms and its scope.


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