l The opening ceremony of the International Film Festival of India 2016 was preceded by the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, M Venkaiah Naidu requesting the people attending the event to observe a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Indore-Patna Express accident, in Kanpur early on Sunday.
l The function began with the noted choreographer, Ganesh Acharya and his team performing an invocation dance “Moraya, Moraya” dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
l The South Indian actress, Suhasini Maniratnam and the new generation actress and dancer, Surveen Chawla compered the entire proceedings of the IFFI 2016 opening ceremony.
l Nana Patekar, Mukesh Khanna, Divya Dutta, Rajat Kapoor, Varsha Usgaonkar, Mrinal Kulkarni, Kiran Juneja, Gautam Ghosh, Sudhir Mishra were some of the film personalities, who attended the IFFI 2016 opening ceremony.
l ‘Ode to Women – The Journey of Women on Screen Over the Years’, a 40-minute long programme choreographed by the noted choreographer, Ganesh Acharya enthralled the audiences through visual clippings of films over the years. The performers brought alive the theme through songs from the 1950s films such as ‘Shree 420’, ‘Chori Chori’ and ‘Mother India’; movies from the 1960s like ‘Bandini’ and ‘Guide’; those from the 1970s such as ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, ‘Sargam’ and ‘Jait re Jait’; from the 1980s and 1990s like ‘Mirch Masala’ and ‘Bombay’ and from the new millennium films such as ‘Lajja’, ‘Fashion’ and ‘Mary Kom’.
l The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, M Venkaiah Naidu, during the proceedings of the IFFI 2016, announced that Olympic silver medallist, P V Sindhu had clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title, in the final of the China Open badminton tournament on Sunday.
l S P Balasubrahmanyam, after receiving the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year 2016, for his contribution to Indian cinema sang lines from the song ‘Vande Mataram’, for which the audience stood up in respect. He also hummed his popular song from the 1981 film, Ek Duje Ke Liye – ‘Tere Mere Beech Mein…’
l The celebrated director, Ramesh Sippy, who was the chief guest for the opening ceremony of the IFFI 2016, in his speech, repeatedly said IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) instead of IFFI. He was also missing from lighting of the traditional lamp ceremony.