The 48th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2017) is to be a mega star-studded event, which was inaugurated by superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Sridevi yesterday, while Salman Khan will be present at the closing ceremony.
Shah Rukh Khan addressed the inaugural ceremony of International Film Festival of India. He spoke on the occasion, “I think over the years, in the last thirty years, I have learnt one thing that films are a symbol of love, and filmmaking is about loving. And I don’t mean the love-stories I have been paddling for years. I truly believe films are made with the collaboration of hundreds of people coming together, working relentlessly for an idea they believe in, they love and want to share it with the world. This idea becomes the film that we all watch and sometimes we feel very happy watching it, sometimes we dance along with the film, at other times we get angry, disturbed or agitated, and that exactly is the magic of storytelling. The magic that has the power to touch all our senses, and in doing so, actually binding us together. The essence of storytelling is incomplete if there is no story-listener. I believe storytellers and story-listeners are, or should be like a family. There is a word in Sanskrit ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, it means bringing the world together like a family.”
Veteran actor Sridevi opened the Indian Panorama section at the festival. She also paid homage to the starlwarts of Indian cinema.
The festival will screen 200 films and will open with renowned Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s first India-based film Beyond the Clouds.
Here are some pictures of the opening day: