IFFI Goa: The Film Festival Where Everything Went Wrong
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IFFI Goa: The Film Festival Where Everything Went Wrong

From the selection of films to below-par arrangements, the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was quite a disaster say some invitees

Everything that could possibly go wrong at the 50th International Film Festival Of India (IFFI) in Goa has gone wrong. The VIP invitees are talking in hushed whispers about mismanagement. Says a VIP source from Goa, “The films being screened sucked. The arrangements were below par and there was chaos everywhere. Mr. Bachchan’s driver went missing and he could be seen looking around helplessly. Many  of  the guests were not informed  or not fully informed  about the schedules.”

Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth at IFFI 2019Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth at IFFI 2019. Picture: Supplied

The worst blow was the official brochure for the Festival bungled up with Satyajit Ray’s picture and ended up putting Gulzar’s picture as Ray. These are not small mistakes. Jury head Priyadarshan admits the Festival could be better organized. “There were too many loose ends. And the films were not uniformly meritorious. But nothing major  to complain about.”

IFFI 2019IFFI 2019. Picture: Supplied

However, Priyan admits it is unlikely he would be back next year. Singer and parliamentarian Baabul Supriyo who was one of the Festival organizers say, “Everyone tried their very best to make the Festival a success. But if there’s any criticism – and I am talking about the positive ones,  not the ones with political overtone -- in any area, we shall surely look into it with utter sincerity and respect.”

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