The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will honour superstar Rajinikanth with a special Icon of Golden Jubilee award, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Saturday. Rajinikanth took to Twitter to thank the Government of India for this prestigious award. He wrote, ''I thank the government of India for this prestigious honour bestowed upon me on the golden jubilee of the International film festival of India #IFFI2019.''
I thank the government of India for this prestigious honour bestowed upon me on the golden jubilee of the International film festival of India ðð»#IFFI2019— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) November 2, 2019
The festival will be held in Goa from November 20 to 28 with close to 250 films from various countries to be screened at the premier movie extravaganza.
The minister also announced celebrated French actor Isabelle Huppert as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. In its golden jubilee year, the festival will screen 50 films by 50 female filmmakers to acknowledge the contribution of women in cinema, Javadekar said.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar: Veteran actor Rajinikanth (in pic 2-file pic) to be conferred with 'Icon of Golden Jubilee IFFI 2019' award at 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa pic.twitter.com/XAzIdgqaTK— ANI (@ANI) November 2, 2019
Russia will be the partner country at the festival this year. Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Amitabh Bachchan's selected seven or eight films will also be showcased at the movie gala.