GOA: The 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India had a glamorous opening ceremony in Panaji, Goa on Wednesday. Megastars like Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth made their honorable presence at the event. Celebs like Karan Johar, Priyadarshan, Sidharth Roy Kapur were also there to grace the red carpet.
#IFFI50 LIVE— IFFI 2019 (@IFFIGoa) November 20, 2019
The Stalwarts of Indian Cinema, @SrBachchan & @rajinikanth are back together at the @IFFIGoa Red Carpet again, after their appearance at IFFI 2014. #IFFI2019 #AmitabhBachchan #Rajinikanth pic.twitter.com/e29TtPudna
Senior Bachchan got nostalgic when he arrived at the event as Goa was the place where he shot for his first film. He said, "I am honored to be here. I thank the Government of India, Government of Goa for inviting me here. Films have always been an integral part of social life. A festival of this magnitude in Goa also serves the people of Goa; to know and be exposed to what is happening in the international world and also gives us an opportunity to meet and mix with people. It is a great honor and I am happy to be here. Thank you so much for all your love and affection for all these years. It has been almost 50 years since I began, my first film was in Goa. Coming back to Goa is always very nostalgic."
Very grateful to all my film colleagues, above all, I am grateful to you, my janta, who have been with me in highs and lows. I am highly indebted to you, I would never want to relive myself of this debt: legendary actor @SrBachchan at #IFFIGoldenJubilee opening ceremony #IFFI50 pic.twitter.com/JHW25ud5jn— PIB in Goa (@PIB_Panaji) November 20, 2019
South megastar Rajinikanth was given the Icon award at the golden jubilee of the IFFI. On receiving this special recognition, the Thalaiva said, "I would like to dedicate this award to my producers, directors and all technicians who worked in my films and above all to my fans."
Legendary Actor @rajinikanth conferred with special Icon Award on the occasion of #IFFIGoldenJubilee— PIB India (@PIB_India) November 20, 2019
I would like to dedicate this award to my producers, directors and all technicians who worked in my films & above all to my fans: @rajinikanth#PrideIconOfIndiaRAJINIKANTH pic.twitter.com/kgbNpbVG7A
A Truly Magical evening with two of the greatest Icons of Indian Cinema under one roof, Shri. @rajinikanth and Shri. @SrBachchan #IFFI2019 #IFFI50 #PrideIconOfIndiaRAJINIKANTH @satija_amit @MIB_India @PIB_India @esg_goa pic.twitter.com/siBmZwzo0h— IFFI 2019 (@IFFIGoa) November 20, 2019
Bollywood's popular filmmaker Karan Johar became the host for the day. Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth amongst others lit up the lamp at the inauguration of the ceremony.
Goa: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, present at the inauguration of 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji. pic.twitter.com/wYQzBGkRtR— ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2019