IFFI opened while Chief Guest danced

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 20 November 2015 23:18 IST

It was a routine inauguration of the 46th edition of IFFI, but with a difference this year as the film legends made it entertaining by singing and dancing.

Chief Guest and film star Anil Kapoor danced at the popular tunes of commercial films while Illaiyraaja, the award winner of Centenary Personality of the Year, sang.

Perhaps it was the first time that the Chief Guest of a government-sponsored International Film Festival was dancing, throwing away his blazer at the audience.  

Not that he gave a serious speech as a chief guest, but also said frankly: इतनी सिरियस स्पीच देनेके बाद मैं मेरे औकाद पे आही गया (I came down to my original self after delivering the serious speech.)

Knowing the media well, he also said: “this dance would be the headline tomorrow, not my serious speech.”

It was actor-singer Ayushman Khurana, the compere, who made him dance at the tunes of two popular numbers – ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Lagaa’ and ‘My name is Lakhan’.

Actor Aditi Rao Hydari, another compere, also joined him while Ayushman also attempted some steps with Anil Kapoor.

Much on a serious tone was however Illaiyraaja, who was honoured for his musical contribution to the Indian film industry, especially the South Indian.


Aditi Rao Hydari in fact welcomed him on the dais, singing his Tamil composition.

Later, Illaiyraaja himself recited his composition to tell the audience how he composed all his songs within three notes.

The rest were the speeches, from information and broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley to Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Shekhar Kapoor, the chairman of international jury to I&B secretary Sunil Arora.

The theme song of this year’s IFFI, a typical Carnival song of Goa, was also presented with singer Varun Carvalho and composer Mukesh Ghatwal dancing on the stage.

The real energetic dancing performance was however by Indian dancer and choreographer Terence Lewis, based on a theme ‘Reel life to Real life’, evoking various ingredients of Indian Cinema like love, anger and social turmoil, locations etc.

The traditional lamp was lit at the hands of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, along with other dignitaries, who also included Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Minister of State for I&B  Rajyawardhan Rathore. 

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Just shows the level of IFFI. It is only entertainment and has no cinematic value at least the Indian Cinema. Probably they could learn a thing or two from this foreign cinema or the beautiful marathi movie 'Court'. Anil Kapoor?? that idiot from 'slum dog' give me a break IFFI!

- Jay, USA | 21 st November 2015 05:54


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