53rd International Film Festival of India 2022 kicked off at Goa

The film festival went hybrid for the last two editions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The 53rd IFFI, or the International Film Festival of India, made a splashing comeback for 2022 in a grand ceremony at the jam-packed Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium.

It is conducted jointly by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).

The opening ceremony theme was “Evolution of Indian Cinema in the last 100 years.”

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The IFFI will showcase a collection of 280 films from 79 countries. 25 features and 20 non-feature films will be showcased in the Indian Panorama section from a broad scale of entries.

It was hosted by Aparshakti Khurrana and saw alluring performances by Hindi film stars Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan, Kartik Aaryan, Mrunal Thakur, Amruta Khanvilkar, and Catherine Teresa.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting (I&B), Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister of State (MoS) for I&B L. Murugan, Goa Governor P.S. Sreedharan, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, and many Indian and international film personalities marked their attendance at the event.

“My vision for the IFFI is not limited to one event, but what the IFFI should be when India celebrates its 100th year of Independence once we transition from the Amrit Mahotsav to the Amrit Kaal. We aim to make India a powerhouse of content creation, especially regional cinema, by scaling up regional festivals,” Thakur said.

At the opening ceremony, Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi was honoured with the Indian Film Personality of the Year 2022 award. Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur, announced that the Indian Film Personality of the Year award would be conferred upon megastar Chiranjeevi. In a nearly four decades-long career, Chiranjeevi has acted in over 150 films, primarily in the Telugu film industry.

The nine-day festival will also see gala premieres of ‘Drishyam 2,’ ‘Bhediya,’ ‘The Storyteller,’  and ‘Lost.’

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