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Celebrities which got felicitated in IFFI 28th November Closing Ceremony

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Renowned Lyricist Prasoon Joshi receives Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2021, “Young minds should celebrate the state of confusion, the best ideas have their origin in confusion”.

What the 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow can do for the country is what gives me hope says Prasoon Joshi.

We don’t want the truth of potted plants, we want the truth of the banyan tree that has bloomed in our courtyard: Prasoon Joshi, exhorting filmmakers to relate with the country’s struggles.

“Ek aasman kam padta hai, aur aasman mangwa do.

Hai besabra udane mere pankhe neele rangwa do.

Swpna karoro satya ho rahe hai, Ab unka satkar karo,

Nikal pada hai Bharat mera, Ab tum Jay jaykar karo.”

“One Sky is less, bring me more skies”. Yes, this is what Prasoon Joshi, renowned lyricist and Chairperson, Central Board of Film Certification said on being presented the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2021, at the closing ceremony of the 52nd International Film Festival, today, in Goa, today, November 28, 2021.

The award has been conferred on him, for his contribution to cinema, popular culture and socially significant artistic work.

Shri Joshi said success in filmmaking should be by design, not by the vagaries of chance. “I feel films should be magic but filmmaking should not be magic. I think success should be by design and not by chance.

The chance we attach to filmmaking should reduce because we have got many brilliant minds in this country raring to go and make great films.”

Known widely for his soulful and evocative lyrics in films, unique TV ads and socially relevant stories, Shri Joshi, a Padma Shri awardee and winner of multiple other national awards, exhorted young and budding filmmakers to begin cherishing and celebrating the state of confusion.

“Young minds should start celebrating the state of confusion. Confusion is the most fertile state and the most discomforting, but the best ideas have their origin in confusion.”

He cautioned aspiring filmmakers that there is no shortcut to great cinema, so filmmakers should never think they will arrive somewhere by shortcut.

Joshi said that one great thing about this edition of IFFI is the novel initiative “75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow”.

“What I feel great about IFFI this year is the “75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow” competition, a great initiative.

IFFI has been more than an award show, it has been a festival. What these 75 minds can do for the country, is what gives me hope.”  Shri Joshi was the Chairperson of the Grand Jury for the initiative.

Addressing the closing ceremony, the Union I&B Minister Shri Anurag Singh Tharkur expressed his personal gratitude to Prasoon Joshi for discussing with the Minister at length the idea of “75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow” and for working with him to make the idea a reality.

Joshi thanked IFFI for continuing to promote and celebrate the spirit of cinema. “I am thankful to IFFI for this recognition and congratulate them for championing the cause of cinema even during this challenging year amidst the pandemic.”

Speaking of his humble beginnings, Joshi dedicated the award to his hometown. “I come from a small town Almora in Uttarakhand.

It is very hard for someone coming from a small town to get exposure to the world of cinema. I dedicate this award to the mountains of Uttarakhand where I drew my inspiration from.”

The celebrated lyricist spoke of the need for diversity being given a platform, in order for it to find reflection in cinema.

“I am very hopeful about the future of Indian cinema because the diversity we have in this country is amazing.

But, if the diversity doesn’t get a platform, it will not be reflected in our cinema. It will only reflect when all these voices from various parts of our country start telling their stories.”

How does one come up with good content, which stays true to this diversity and richness? Joshi called upon the audience to identify with and cultivate abundant concern for the struggles of our own nation.

“Where will felt truths come from if you don’t relate to your own county’s struggles? We don’t want the truth of potted plants, we want the truth of the banyan tree that has bloomed in our courtyard”.

Speaking about his inspiration, Shri Joshi said, “If I can inspire anyone, I still feel I will keep doing what I am doing.”

The award was presented to him by the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Anurag Thakur, where other eminent personalities were also present.

Earlier, announcing the Indian Film Personality of the Year for 2021 awards on 18th November, 2021, the Union I&B Minister had said that the contributions of Hema Malini and Prasoon Joshi spread over decades and their body of work has enthralled audiences across generations. “They are Indian cinematic icons who are admired and respected the world over.”

Apart from being an internationally acclaimed advertising professional, Joshi is currently the Asia-Pacific Chairman of one of the world’s largest advertising companies, McCann Worldgroup and their CEO for India.

He has also won coveted international awards including Golden lions at Cannes and Young Global leader by the World Economic Forum.

Sh. Joshi entered Indian cinema as a lyricist in 2001 with Rajkumar Santoshi’s Lajja, and since then he has been a part of films like Taare Zameen Par, Rang De Basanti, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Neerja and Manikarnika, Delhi 6 and many more, he has rekindled the faith that one can give constructive direction to the society through high caliber work in the popular genre.

Ms. Hema Malini, Actor, Member of Parliament from Mathura, Uttar Pradesh was also conferred the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2021 at the opening ceremony of the festival, on November 20, 2021.

South African Film Barakat by Director Amy Jephta and Russian Film The Sun above Me Never Sets by Director Lyubov Borisova has shared the Best film Award in the Sixth edition BRICS Film Festival.

For the first time the BRICS Film Festival was held alongside the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa during November 20-28, 2021.

The awards were given to these films for their brilliant cinematic portrayal of human emotions and magnificent storytelling on screen.

Commenting on the excellence of the films and the talents, Rahul Rawail, BRICS Jury Chairperson, said, “The Jury this year had some very able people and what we realized during the process was that though we are of different cultures, when we watch the films, we are all the same. That is the way this world should be.”

The Best film, Barakat, South Africa’s official submission for Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards of 2022, is a dramatic comedy about an aging matriarch who aims to bring together her fractured dysfunctional family, over the Eid festival, to break the news about her new romance. The film has won many awards in various international film festivals.

The other Best Film Award winner The Sun above Me Never Sets narrates the story of a young man who tries to reinvigorate the zeal to live life in an old man so that he can see his lost daughter.

The film which is a comedy drama is an inspiring work of fiction from Russia directed by Lyubov Borisova.

The Best Director award was won by Brazilian Filmmaker Lúcia Murat for her documentary film Ana.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Murat is a strong voice arising from Brazil’s new cinematic landscape.

Her film Ana speaks about strong and brave women who fight odd battles and goes beyond the lines drawn by society to find their identities.

Indian actor Dhanush won the Best Actor (Male) award for his role in Asuran, a film on a farmer father-son duo (both played by Dhanush) who fights against the archaic systems of the society.

Dhanush’s brilliant depiction of the raw and rustic portrayal of a farmer in the emotionally charged film Asuran has already won many accolades.

Brazilian actress Lara Boldorini was honored with the Best Actor (Female) Award for her film On Wheels, a rousing on-road tale of a search for a father-figure.

In addition, a Jury Special Mention Award was presented to the Director Yan Han for his film A Little Red Flower from China.

The film portrays a realistic romantic story of an ordinary person who chooses love and kindness in the face of death.

Rahul Rawail said that, “When we came to decide on the award winners, all the jury members were all practically on the same page.

That’s the power of cinema. I wish that the dream of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get BRICS to be a force in the world happens soon.”

The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Member of the Parliament, Ms. Sumalatha and Shri Rahul Rawail presented the awards to all the awardees.

This year, IFFI has brought together five major emerging economies and leading film production countries of the world. The Jury for this competitive festival comprised 5 members, one from each BRICS country.

The Jury made the selection for the awards under the five categories after examining the twenty films which were showcased for the Sixth BRICS Film Festival held alongside 52nd IFFI, Goa.

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