This year's IFFI International Film Festival's opening ceremony was billed as the country's top cinematic splendor, but the opening ceremony gave several hints that his promise to celebrate various kinds of film at the conference may remain that, a promise.
Several leading Indian film industries and other international filmmakers have gathered to discuss the work of a diverse filmmaker from around the world but talked about the already embraced Bollywood cinema, the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for designing the Statue of Unity how well Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore handled a double portfolio as Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Minister for Youth and Sport.
The ceremony, hosted by Mandira Bedi and Amit Sadh, felt like any other Indian award-winning performance that portrays her own performances, displaying multiple performances by actors and dancers. But the fact that IFFI needed to dance Sonu Sood on songs like Hud Hud Dabbang and Gandi Baat to pull the audience summed up that the movie itself was placed at the bottom of the pyramid.
As the ceremony proceeds, there are permanent trails to attract tourists to discover Goa and Gujarat. There was an entire section devoted to highlighting the statue of unity. There was also a short clip by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited the monument at Cevadia.
The day, intended to bring national attention to a variety of films from around the world, was further overshadowed by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar "Koffee With Karan" style tête-à-tête, which continued for over 20 minutes. In the section, Johar spoke to Rathore and actress Akshay Kumar about their common passion for sports.
"I never had a minister and a Bollywood soloist together in my show and I do not know when it will happen then but I think we should take this great opportunity," said Johar, promising to curb his other vulgar humor rather than "cross the boundary" with Rathore.
The director started the conversation by welcoming Kumar for his "wonderful" performance in the latest version of Gold, which is going to be screened at the IFFI as part of a special section on sports films. The session presented a great deal of self-assessment and it seemed undefined to be written when Johar cleverly links Kumar's gold to the gold medals Rathore won in shooting.
Kumar, whom Johar referred to as a "poster child" of social messages, said he enjoyed working in socially related films, adding: "Whatever I do, I mean, I do not just for his sake. this really means and I'm going ahead and doing it. "
Rathore was asked about the initiative closest to his heart between the double portfolios under his responsibility, saying: "I have learned a lot from the two and both are very exciting. At I & B, I know a lot of creative people from the cinema industry. In sports, there is a lot of energy and you can interact with young people. So both (the ministries) are close to me. "
Rathore also said that if he wants to give a ministerial portfolio to Kumar, he will be his own, before adding, "there is a dialogue that Akshay said in his film, which I think Manohar Parrikar (former minister of defense) to our neighbors – "Do not Remember Me". To which Johar immediately added: "So, he also gets the Ministry of Defense."
In addition to taking sufficient efforts to acknowledge the efforts of national and international filmmakers for their work, the festival, which began at a time when the entire film industry is struggling with allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against many actors, filmmakers and producers did not offer any support to India's #MeToo Driving Movement.
In fact, organizers and the I & B ministry have decided to eliminate the red-carpet media bytes to prevent any discussion around the issue, confirmed reliable sources in News18 in the field.
As if that was not enough, director Subhash Ghai, who was accused of playing and raping a former employee – a claim he was categorically accused of – had a prominent place at the opening ceremony. He continues to be a member of the IFFI Steering Committee even when other film festivals, like MAMI, have decided to take a strong stance against alleged sex offenders by losing their films from composition and showing solidarity with the world movement through a special program.
Movie enthusiasts can only hope that the organizers will realize what they are losing and that they will not repeat the same drill at the closing ceremony on November 28th.
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