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November 22, 2019

Amitabh Bachchan Retrospective Opens at Kala Academy, 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), Panaji, Goa.

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Photo: The venue of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019) gearing up for the inaugural ceremony of the festival’s Golden Jubilee edition, in Panaji, Goa on November 19, 2019.

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Photo: The Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, felicitating the Popular Actor Amitabh Bachchan, at the Dada Saheb Phalke Retrospective, during the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), in Panaji, Goa on November 21, 2019.

Film Festival of India, Goa

Photo: Director Nila Madhab Panda, Actress Divya Dutta, and Manjari Fadnis at the screening of film ‘Interdependence’ during the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), in Panaji, Goa on November 21, 2019.


Photo: Award presentation ceremony of the film ‘The Hero,’ during the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), in Panaji, Goa on November 21, 2019.

Panaji, Goa, November 21, 2019 — Indian film personality, Amitabh Bachchan (Big B), inaugurated the Dadasaheb Phalke Award retrospective organized at Kala Academy in connection with the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) today in Goa. This year, the 50th edition of IFFI is showcasing a retrospective of Amitabh Bachchan as he was honored with Dadasaheb Phalke award this year. IFFI 2019 will showcase 6 of the best films by Amitabh Bachchan in a separate section honoring the star’s achievement.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organization set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Government honors the recipient for his/her “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.”

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Bachchan said, “I feel deeply humbled and would thank the Government of India for this prestigious award. I’ve always felt that I’m not deserving of such recognition, but I humbly accept this with a lot of grace and affection”.

On the golden jubilee edition of IFFI, he said, “This is the 50th edition of IFFI, and I compliment the Government of India and IFFI for conducting themselves in such a wonderful manner. Each year we find a growth in the number of delegates and the choice of films allowing us to see the works and creativity from different parts of the world.”

Calling cinema, a universal medium, Mr. Bachchan added that films are beyond the borders of language. “When we sit inside a dark hall, we never ask the caste, creed, color of the person sitting next to us. We enjoy the same film, laugh at the same jokes and cry at the same emotions,” he said.

He warned that there are few mediums left like cinema in this fast-paced disintegrating world that can claim such integration. He expressed hope that we continue to make films that will bring people together.

The Master Actor also called for the disintegration of the rather odd system of keeping sides due to colors, caste, and religion. “We should bring us together in one community, hold hands together to appreciate the creativity and take a step forward to make this world a peaceful place,” he advised.

Bachchan, who has a close connection to Goa fondly recalled shooting his first film here. He said, “Coming to Goa has always been like coming home, and I’ve had many wonderful opportunities to work in this place and receive the hospitality from the people of Goa during our various stints of shooting.”

The Retrospective section of the Goa Film Festival is screening Amitabh’s following films: Sholay, Deewar, Black, Piku, Paa, and Badla.

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