Waheeda Rehman, Rekha, Susan Sarandon inaugurate IFFI 2013
Panaji: The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on November 20 opened with legendary Waheeda Rehman getting the inaugural centenary film award and Hollywood star Susan Sarandon adding the extra glamour as the guest of honour.
The festival also feted Oscar-winning Czech filmmaker Jiri Menzel with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, which was given to Menzel by Union Information and Broadcasting minister Manish Tewari.
Both the recipients were given a standing ovation by the guests and dignitaries present at the event.
Bollywood diva Rekha, singer Asha Bhosle, Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan, actress Rani Mukherjee, 'Sholay' helmer Ramesh Sippy, newcomers Huma Qureshi and Alia Bhatt were present to lend star power to the ceremony.
The two-hour-long cultural extravaganza started with a retrospective on 100 years of cinema through a special choreography by Kathak exponent Birju Maharaj.
His dance troupe commenced the performance with music from the golden era of cinema like "Mohe Panghat Pe", "Thare Rahiyo" followed by songs of modern era "Dil Toh Pagal Hai" and "Dhai Sham Rok Lai".
Later, Maharaj also presented a magnificent jugalbandi with Sitar maestro Ustad Nishat Khan.
IFFI also witnessed artistes from Iran and America sharing the same stage together with filmmaker Majid Majidi and Sarandon gracing the occasion together.
Sarandon said she is looking forward to watch some Indian films during the festival.
"I am so happy to come here. This is my second visit. I am looking forward to be a part of the festival. I am ashamed that being an American I only watched Hollywood films. India has produced so many good and rich films and I am looking forward to watch them here in the festival," Sarandon said.
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