49th edition of IFFI to open today with gala opening ceremony

Panaji, Nov 20 (UNI) Curtains will rise on 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) today evening with the gala opening ceremony that is set to showcase the theme of New India through a variety of genres of cinema. 

The 90-minute ceremonial programme, which would entail power-packed programme incorporating elements and narratives of the rich and diverse kaleidoscope of the Indian film heritage and industry, is to be graced 
Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col Rajyavardhan Rathore, Goa Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Sudin Dhavalikar and Film Certification Appellate Tribunal Chairperson Prasoon Joshi.

Apart from this, a host of celebrities will walk the red carpet, giving added colour to the ceremony. Amongst the big personalities, there will be Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Julien Landais, Hrishita Bhatt, Madhur Bhandarkar, Subhash Ghai, Arijit Singh, Ramesh Sippy and Chin Han.

The ceremony will be held at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium at Taleigao 1630 hrs. The show will witness the launch of the Film Facilitation Office, an initiative by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The colourful opening ceremony will showcase the themes of history, action and romance. Audiences will get to watch an array of on-stage scintillating performances by mainstream Bollywood artists – with Sonu Sood doing an action packed set, Shilpa Rao doing a romantic bit and dancers opening the ceremony with a mesmerising act.
Glimpses of the festival opening film “The Aspern Papers”, which tells a story of obsession, grandeur lost and dreams of Byronic adventures will be screened for the audience and the Director of the Film, Julien Landais will address the audience on the occasion.

Chairman, International Competition Jury and Polish Director Robert Glinski will also share his thoughts. Other jury members, namely Adrian Sitaru, Anna Ferraioli Ravel, Tom Fitz Patrick and Indian member Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra will also be present.

According to Festival Director Chaitanya Prasad, the event would be a spectacular, pulsating and entertaining. 
The opening ceremony will be following by screening of German film ‘The Aspern Papers’. It would be world premier of the film which has been directed by French Actor and director Julien Landais.