A controversy has erupted based on the inaugural movie title in the Indian Panorama, claiming it hurt the religious sentiments, after the 45th prestigious film award ceremony of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) seemed to be to its fullest at the inaugural ceremony with the presence of two amazing actors from the Indian film industry, Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth.
Being claimed as the representatives of Hindu religion from several organisations, they alleged that the movie titled “Elizabeth Ekadasi”, which was the first movie in the Indian Panorama section have hurt their religious sentiments. The movie was directed by Paresh Mokashi, who is a Marathi director. Amid, the Indian Panorama section will include 41 feature and non-feature films.
Meanwhile, another incident that drew the attention of people here was when Goa CM Manohar Parrikar missed to call out the name of Rajnikanth while he was addressing the dignitaries present at the ceremony. This happened while he was addressing the gathering at the inaugural ceremony. However, recognising his mistake soon, Parrikar cleared it and apologised, "Sorry for that goof. I had written the names down but forgot it down there."
While Big B was the Chief Guest at the event, Thalaivar was present to receive the lifetime achievement award on Thursday, in Panaji. Being raised as a super star from a bus conductor, ‘Thalaivar’ Rajnikanth received the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year from the legend actor Amitabh Bhachchan. The auspicious ceremony was witnessed by many eminent leaders including Union ministers for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley, Rajyavardhan Rathore, and Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar.
After receiving the prestigious award from Bachchan, addressing him as a ‘big brother,’ Rajnikanth said, "I actually came to receive this award but not to make a speech and that too after Amitji’s excellent speech. I have no words to speak." He said, “I’m honoured to receive the prestigious award from the government of India. I’m grateful to them, and dedicate the award to all my film producers, directors, technicians and fans."
The 11-day film festival will screen about 179 films from 75 countries across different categories which include World Cinema (61 films), Masterstrokes (11 films), Festival Kaleidoscope (20 films), Soul of Asia (7 films), Documentaries (6 films), and Animated Films (6 films).
However, the festival is expected to pay tribute to British film maker Richard Attenborough, the maker of the iconic film Gandhi who died in August this year. His Academy Award winning film ‘Gandhi’ is also one of those films which will be screened to the general audience (non delegates) free of cost every day.