IFFI 2019: Rajinikanth honoured with the Icon of Golden Jubilee Award at ceremony, felicitated by Amitabh Bachchan

FP Staff

Nov 21, 2019 15:40:42 IST

Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth inaugurated the 50th edition of International Film Festival Of India (IFFI) on 20 November in Goa. Rajinikanth was honoured with the Icon of Golden Jubilee Award for their contribution to arts and cinema.

The veteran actor received the prestigious award from the Union Minister Prakash Javadekar in presence of Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, actor Amitabh Bachchan. He also felicitated Amitabh at the inaugural ceremony.

While expressing his gratitude, Amitabh also thanked South Indian superstar Rajinikanth for always being 'an incredible source of inspiration' for him.

"I would also like to thank the government of Goa and my very dear friend and actor Rajinikanth, who I consider a member of my family," said Bachchan

Jokingly, the actor added, "we both keep on bantering and advising each other, which we don't take. I feel relationships are made of this. Thank you, Rajni for being with me as an incredible source of inspiration."

In the end, the Bachchan, who has won numerous accolades including Dadasaheb Phalke Award said, "I have no words to express my gratitude to IFFI for honouring me today and also for having a retrospective of my films which will be starting tomorrow. I am very grateful for all."

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IFFI 2019 will showcase over 200 films from 76 countries, which includes 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in the Indian panorama section. John Bailey, cinematographer and former President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will head the International Jury of IFFI.

Earlier in the day, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth marked their presence at the inauguration of 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji.

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(With inputs from Press Trust of India)

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Updated Date: Nov 21, 2019 15:40:42 IST