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Tribute to Prithviraj Kapoor, S.D. Burman

  • Shashi Kapoor to be chief guest
  • Volver to be opening film

    PANAJI: Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the 37th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Thursday.

    Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunsi, Goa Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane, Governor S.C. Jamir and I&B Secretary S.K. Arora will be present at the ceremony.

    Glittering ceremony

    The opening ceremony will be studded with galaxy of stars and would feature a glittering cultural segment. Actors Anil Kapoor, Prasenjit and Venkatesh will be the guests of honour. Vidya Balan will assist in lighting the inaugural lamp.

    The festival will open with Volver by Pedro Almodovar from Spain, while the 11-day festival will close with Babel by Alejandro Gonzalez of the United States.

    Films from 48 countries

    The "Cinema of the World" section will have 52 films from 48 countries. A competitive section exclusively for Asian\African\Latin American feature films will have 11 films from 10 countries. This year, the "Country Focus" is Argentina with five films from the country to feature in the category.

    The festival will pay tribute to two great personalities of Indian cinema Prithviraj Kapoor and S.D. Burman.

    The festival will also pay homage to 11 personalities who passed away last year. These include actors Nadira, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, P. Bhanumathi, Padmini, Raj Kumar, Sri Vidya and Parveen Babi; music director Naushad Ali; directors Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Manoj Punj; and Hindustani classical music maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan.

    Aravindan retrospective

    A retrospective of the great Malayalam filmmaker Govindan Aravindan featuring five films will open on Saturday with his film Vasthuhara.

    The "Indian Panorama" will open with Missed Call by Mridul Toolsidass and Vinay Subramanian in the feature film category and And The World Remained Silent by Ashok Pandit in the non-feature film category. Both sections will have 20 films.

    The "Mainstream Indian Cinema," packaged with 12 blockbusters across Indian languages, will be inaugurated by actress Sridevi on Saturday.

    The festival will come to a close on December 3.