The popular Bollywood actor, Shah Rukh Khan will inaugurate the 48th International Film Festival of India, at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium on November 20.
The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Smriti Irani will remain present at the opening ceremony of the IFFI 2017.
The opening ceremony will also include a cultural programme based on the Indian film industry. It will be followed by screening of ‘Beyond the Clouds’, a film directed by the Iranian filmmaker, Majid Majidi, at Kala Academy.
Speaking about the mega festival, Shah Rukh Khan states, “It’s an exciting time for world cinema and especially Indian cinema. It’s wonderful that our country has opened its doors, with the International Film Festival of India, providing a platform to showcase some of the finest films from across the globe.”
About inaugurating the festival Khan says: “As IFFI gets into its 48th year, I look forward to inaugurating the festival and celebrating what I regard in many ways as the future of cinema. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all the delegates to India, with open arms, as only we Indians can,” he adds.
It may be recalled that Shah Rukh Khan had inaugurated IFFI in 2011, in Margao, the only time the opening ceremony of this festival was held outside Panaji, since its arrival in the state in 2004. Earlier, in 2007, the actor had also inaugurated the 38th edition of IFFI in Panaji.
The superstar will be making the official welcome address to all the delegates from across the globe as IFFI 2017 flags off in Goa.
The film fiesta is scheduled to take place from November 20 to 28.