Several celebs flew to the party capital of the country for the inauguration of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which took off in Goa, India on November 20, 2013.
44th International Film Festival of India Kickstarts with a Bang in Goa
Hollyood actress Susan Sarandon was the chief guest at the event. She lit the ceremonial lamp, thereby off-setting the 11-day festival. She wore a pink outfit with minimal ethnic jewellery and a brown shawl.
Hollywood actor Susan Sarandon at 44th International Film Festival in Goa
Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parriker and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari were also a part of the inaugural ceremonies. Legendary Kathak dancer Birju Maharaj put on a 30-minute performance right after.
Rani Mukherji was a part of the audience looking resplendent in a beige sari with lovely gold detailing on the border, and a gold blouse to match. She accessorized the outfit with a multi-chain pearl necklace, a thick gold kada and striking gold cuff earrings.
Rani Mukherjee at 44th International Film Festival in Goa
Waheeda Rehman Rani Mukherjee
Rani Mukherjee in Sari at 44th International Film Festival in Goa
Rani Mukherjee 2013 at 44th International Film Festival in Goa
Veteran actress Rekha was a vision in a gold sari, her patent red pout completing the ageless picture.
Birju Maharaj with Rekha at 44th International Film Festival in Goa
Young Alia Bhatt took time out of her schedule to be at the event. Her heavily brocaded black, white and gold ensemble was to die for as were her huge dangle earrings.
Alia Bhatt at 44th International Film Festival in Goa
Deepti Naval was also in attendance in a pink sari with a silver border. She rounded off her look with ethnic jewellery.
Deepti Naval at 44th International Film Festival in Goa
Other celebs who attended included Jackie Shroff, Asha Bhosale, Huma Qureshi, R. Madhavan and Prem Chopra.
Birju Maharaj at 44th International Film Festival in Goa
This year’s IFFI will also be celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema. The Indian government has introduced a special Centenary award to mark the occasion. Bollywood actor Waheeda Rehman was the first actor to be honoured with the award for Film Personality of the Year, conferred up on her by Rani Mukherjee. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Jiri Menzel, a Czech film director.
Kamal Haasan at 44th International Film Festival in Goa
Waheeda Rehman 2013 at 44th International Film Festival in Goa
Waheeda Rehman and Rani Mukherjee
The IFFI will go on till November 30. It will consist of hundreds of screenings of foreign films, and exchanges between people of different cultures.