November 20, 2017 … The 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2017) was inaugurated at Dr Shama Prasad Mukhrjee stadium in Dona Paula today in the presence of Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Smt. Smriti Irani, Governor of Goa Dr. Smt. Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Shri. Monahar Parrikar were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister welcomed the delegates to the state. “The Film Festival will complete 50 years in 2019. We are hopeful to host that festival in a completely new multiplex specially meant for IFFI. A special place is planned to welcome more than 6000 delegates,” he said.
As Canada is the country of focus for this year’s IFFI, a special feature showing life and nature in Canada was also presented. Actor Shahid Kapoor and actress Sridevi also spoke on the occasion. Director of opening film ‘Beyond the Clouds’ Shri. Majid Majidi along with its cast Malvika Mohanan and Ishaan, Music Director A.R. Rehman spoke on the occasion.
The function began with a dance performance. Actors Radhika Apte and Rajkumar Rao compered the function.