The 54th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa kicked off with a star-studded opening ceremony, showcasing the grandeur of cinema. Headlined by Shahid Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, the event was a mix of glamour and artistry, featuring stars like Shriya Saran, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Pankaj Tripathi, as well as musical maestros Shantanu Moitra, Shreya Ghoshal and Sukhwinder Singh. Aparshakti Khurana and Karishma Tanna are set to host the ceremony at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, marking the beginning of the film gala in Goa.
Meanwhile, a fun video is making the rounds on the internet of Nushrratt, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of India Anurag Thakur and Shahid. As the paps asked the Minister to pose, he said, “Jaha Shahid ki gardan ghumegi, main wahi ghoomunga.” Nushrratt and Shahid broke into laughter.
#WATCH | Panaji: Actors Shahid Kapoor, Nushrratt Bharuccha and Union Minister for I&B Anurag Thakur arrived at the opening ceremony of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), in Goa. pic.twitter.com/ETQfbIUi1H— ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2023
At the ceremony, Madhuri performed a medley of her popular songs. She said, “Cinema has given me so much, it’s time to give something back in return. What better way to do so than through song and dance which is integral to not just Indian cinema, but Indian culture as well”. Shahid, too, performed on his hit numbers and his entry a la Kabir Singh is going viral on social media. “Performing in front of a live audience is something I’ve truly loved ever since I can remember… Thanks to IFFI I get to do that one more time in Goa,” he said.
During the opening ceremony, Karan Johar and Sara Ali Khan, along with the team of Ae Watan Mere Watan, revealed the first look of the drama-thriller and dropped a motion teaser too.