The 48th International Film Festival of India kickstarted in Goa on Monday and that sort of concluded the on-going IFFi jury controversy. Finally, filmmaker Rahul Rawail replaced Sujoy Ghosh as the chief of the jury for the Indian Panorama section. Confirming the development, Rawail told IANS: “That’s right. I’ve taken on this job at the IFFI’s request after someone else (Sujoy Ghosh) chose to relinquish the responsibility. In fact, I am in Goa now. I am the acting jury head, and I’m honoured to be doing the job because this is a platform where the world looks at us and the best films must be selected.”
Sujoy Ghosh resigned from the job after Sanal Sasidharan’s Malayalam movie ‘S Durga’ and Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi movie ‘Nude’ were rejected from the final list. Rawail, at that juncture, had firmly defended the move despite other jury members including Ghosh and Apurva Asrani resigning from the IFFI.
The International Film Festival of India 2017 was inaugurated by superstar Shah Rukh Khan today. Salman Khan is going to be the guest at the closing ceremony on November 28 where he will be joined by child artist Matin Rey Tangu of Tubelight fame.A statement from the festival organisers read, “Something special” has been planned for Salman as he will take to the stage for a fun interaction. The Indian Panorama section will be inaugurated by veteran actress Sridevi. She will also introduce audiences to a special audio-video that pays homage to the legends of Indian cinema. “I look forward to attending IFFI this year. As IFFI gets into its 48th year, I look forward to celebrating Indian and world cinema, with some of the best talents from across the world,” she said in a statement.