Karan Johar and Maniesh Paul will host the IFFI 2021 opening ceremony on November 20.
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The opening ceremony of the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will begin from November 20 through November 28 in Goa. The opening ceremony will be hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Maniesh Paul.
Festival director Chaitanya Prasad announced that in attendance will be Salman Khan, Ranveer Singh, Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia Deshmukh, and Shraddha Kapoor among others, according to PTI.
IFFI will feature 148 films from about 73 countries in its International Section. The festival will planned about 12 world premieres, seven international premieres, 26 Asia premieres and 64 India premieres.
This edition of the festival will honour Hema Malini and lyricist Prasoon Joshi with the Indian Personality of the Year award.
IFFI 2021 will also honour Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar as well as the late Dilip Kumar, filmmakers Sumitra Bhave, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Kannada actor Sanchari Vijay and National Award-winning actor Surekha Sikri.
Martin Scorsese and Istevan Szabo will be presented with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award. However, they will not attend the festival in person and their video message conveying acceptance will be played, said Prasad.
Among the film premieres taking place at the event is Amazon Prime Video film Chhorri, starring Nushrratt Bharuccha. Multiple masterclasses will also be held with the creators of The Family Man and Sardar Udham Singh.