IFFI 52: Hema Malini, Prasoon Joshi to receive honours; Salman, Ranveer to attend opening ceremony
Veteran actor Hema Malini and lyricist Prasoon Joshi will be honoured with the 'Indian Personality of the Year' award at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) as the festival on Thursday announced additional programming for the upcoming edition.
''Film actress Hema Malini and noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi, both will be awarded with the Indian personality of the year at IFFI in Goa,'' Thakur told reporters in Shimla on the sidelines of the All India Presiding Officers Conference.
''Unfortunately, they will not be attending the festival physically but their video messages conveying acceptance of the award will be played,'' Prasad said.
The festival will pay a special tribute to the late Sean Connery, who was the first actor to play iconic character James Bond.
The film gala will also honour prominent Kannada actor Puneet Rajkumar as well as legendary actor Dilip Kumar, filmmakers Sumitra Bhave, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Kannada actor Sanchari Vijay and National Award-winning actor Surekha Sikri.
IFFI will feature 148 films from about 73 countries in the International Section. The festival will have about 12 world premieres, about seven international premieres, 26 Asia premieres and about 64 India premieres.
An array of world-renowned filmmakers, actors, technicians, critics, academicians and film enthusiasts will come together to celebrate cinema and the art of filmmaking through various film screenings, presentations, masterclasses, panel discussions and seminars.
The streaming service will also hold multiple masterclasses with the creators and cast of critically-acclaimed series ''The Family Man'' and Shoojit Sircar-directed movie ''Sardar Udham''.
''The Family Man'' masterclass, which will take place on November 21, will be with creators Raj & DK, Aparna Purohit, Head India Originals at Amazon Prime Video, actors Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Manoj Bajpayee (virtually).
Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura’s ''The King of All the World'' will be the opening film for the 52nd edition, while Asghar Farhadi’s ''A Hero'', which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, will close the festival.
Among the major international titles to be screened at the festival includes Julia Ducournau's Palme d'Or-winning movie ''Titane'', which is among the 11 movies that will be screened under the Kaleidoscope section.
The line-up also includes Sean Baker's ''Red Rocket'' and Pablo Larrain's ''Spencer'', starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, Juho Kuosmanen's ''Compartment No 6'', which bagged the Grand Pic award at Cannes, and Joachim Trier's ''The Worst Person In The World'' that won the best actress trophy for Renate Reinsve.
''Titane'' and ''The Worst Person In The World'' are being brought to the IFFI by streaming service MUBI, which will also screen Valdimar Johannsson-directed ''Lamb'', featuring Noomi Rapace, and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul ''Memoria'' with Tilda Swinton.
The line-up also includes Mia Hansen Love-directed ''Bergman Island'', ''A Higher Law'', ''Dark Matter'' and ''Humanization''. The 52nd edition of International Film Festival of India is being organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in collaboration with the Goa government.
The nine-day film gala will be organised in a hybrid format -- virtual and physical -- from November 20 to 28.
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