The capital city of Goa transforms every year during the International Film Festival of India. Right from the selection of movies to the unique decorations along the Panjim promenade, IFFI has always brought about something different everytime to its delegates. This year, for its 47th edition, the festival was loaded with glitz and glamour throughout its festival. With the presence of many renowned celebrities around the Globe,the festival remained star-studded.
Here’s a list of 10 famous Indian celebrities who walked down the Red Carpet of IFFI 2016 and graced the occasion.
1. S.P. Balasubramaniam
The legendary singer, S.P. Balasubranium is a Guinness World Record Holder for recording the highest number of songs. He has sung around 40,000 songs in more than 8 Indian languages. He was conferred with the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year at IFFI 2016’s Inaugural Ceremony.
2. Nagesh Kukunoor
Nagesh Kukunoor is an Indian filmmaker known well for his works in Parallel Cinemas. One such film of his named Dhanak was screened at IFFI under Indian Panaroma Section. He took part in the ‘Accessible India, Accessible Films’ screening for special children arranged by an NGO called Saksham. He was also one of the deemed members of the International Jury for IFFI 2016.
3. Kalki Koechlin
Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor and rest of the cast and crew of the film Mantra attended the Red Carpet and movie screening. Mantra is a crowd- funded film by a Shillong-based director. The movie speaks about the ugly consequences that a family faces due to the globalization of Indian economy.
4. Ali Abbas Zafar
After a blockbuster run of over 300 crores, the mega hit movie Sultan directed by Ali Abbas Zafar was honored at IFFI with a Red Carpet Screening. It played to a houseful audience, and received a standing ovation from the audience. During one of the Press conferences that happened during the festival, Zafar said that Sultan is an Indian story told with an international appeal.
5. Kunal Kapoor
The Kunal Kapoor starrer, Veeram is a Malayalam movie based on the famous Shakespearean play ‘Macbeth’. The film directed by National-award winning director Jayaraj was screened in the Indian Panorama section. Lead actor Kunal along with the actress Divina Thakur were present for the screening at IFFI.
6. Nana Patekar
Nana Patekar is an actor known for his critically acclaimed roles in Indian Films. Very recently, he was seen essaying the role of a retired Stage actor in Marathi Drama film Natsamrat. Apart from being present at the Inaugural ceremony, he was later spotted with his co-star Mahesh Manjrekar at the Red Carpet and Press Conference with Natsamrat’s team.
7. Shatrughan Sinha
Shatrughan Sinha, famous for his “Khamosh” dialogue is one those few actors who relied on their sheer wits to make it big in the Bollywood. He participated in an interactive session which as a part of the acting workshops by The Film and Television Institute of India [FTII] in association with IFFI. He shared some knick knacks on the two important aspects for every actor- Body language and Expressions.
8. Subhash Ghai
With movies like Ram Lakhan, Khalnayak, Hero and Pardes , Subhash Ghai has made finest additions to the Indian cinema over a timespan of three decades. Over the past few years, he has started his own academy of acting and taken up teaching as a means to help the budding artists. Even at IFFI, he was present as the Curator for a Seminar on ‘Latest Trends of Storytelling in Cinema’ which took place at Kala Academy. He was spotted at the Closing Ceremony too.
9. S.S. Rajamouli
Chief Guest for the evening, Director S.S. Rajamouli addressed the gathering at IFFI Goa 2016’s Closing Ceremony. He has directed the sensational film Baahubali which is the winner of the Best Feature Film of the 63rd National Film Awards 2015. Baahubali has created quite the ripples among the viewers that it was called as the Showstopper in IFFI’s Panorama section by many movie enthusiasts. Enough to say that the sequel is something much awaited for by everyone.
10. Palomi Ghosh
Bengali lass, Palomi Ghosh landed directly into the hearts of millions of Goans worldwide with her first Konkani film ‘Nachom-ia-Kumpasar’. Inspite of not having any previous connections to Goa, she decided to come back to the Konkani industry for yet another film K Sera Sera. This film is proud to be the lone Konkani film to have been selected for screening at IFFI this year.
Oh Wait! This is not all.
We saw many more artists who flew all the way to Goa just to add to the stardom at IFFI’s Inaugural and Closing Ceremonies. Here’s a small sneak peek at those whose presence made our festival a success yet again.
Have we missed out any of the Indian celebrities at IFFI Goa 2016? Let us know in the comments.