The South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFCC) has postponed the three-day function in Chennai to mark the centenary year of Indian cinema from September 1 to September 22 due to the non-availability of dates of President Pranab Mukherjee.
There will be no changes in the schedule.
Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce president B. Vijayakumar said the President had agreed to preside over the valedictory function, which would be held at Nandan auditorium on September 24 in Chennai.
Ravi Kottarakkara, secretary, SIFCC, and vice-president, Film Federation of India, said the film fraternity was particular about the first citizen of the country attending the event.
“In fact the then Presidents Neelam Sanjeev Reddy and R. Venkataraman attended the golden jubilee and platinum jubilee celebration of Indian cinema in 1981 and 1989,” he said.
Besides the President, Chief Ministers of four southern States, Jayalalithaa, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Siddaramaiah and Oommen Chandy will participate in the function.
Invitations have been extended to Steven Spielberg and Jackie Chan. The event will be beamed on satellite channels of all regional languages with 150 cameras standing by.