New Delhi: Amitabh Bachchan inaugurated the Dadasaheb Phalke Award retrospective organised at Kala Academy in connection with the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) today in Goa. IFFI 2019 is showcasing a retrospective of Bachchan as he was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke award a few weeks ago. Six of Bachchan’s best films will be showcased in a separate section honoring the star’s achievement.
Speaking at the launch, 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 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 giving us the opportunity to see the works and creativity from different parts of the world.”
Calling cinema a universal medium, Bachchan added that films are beyond the borders of language.
“When we sit inside a dark hall we never ask the caste, creed, colour of the person sitting next to us. We enjoy the same film, laugh at the same jokes and cry at the same emotions,” said Bachchan.
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 veteran actor also called for disintegration of the rather odd system of keeping sides due to colours, 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 exhorted.
Bachchan, who has a close connection to Goa, fondly recalled shooting his first film there.
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 hospitality from the people of Goa during our various stints of shooting.”
Paa will be the opening film in the showcase, followed by Sholay, Deewar, Black, Piku and Badla in the Retrospective showcase.
IFFI 2019 opened yesterday with a screening of the Italian film ‘Despite the Fog’ by Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic.
Later in the day, late Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar was given a befitting tribute at the opening ceremony by screening a short film depicting his contribution to IFFI, and Rajinikanth was honoured with the Icon Award.
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