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The 48th International Film Festival of India opened with Majid Majidis Beyond the Clouds in Panaji (Goa)


The 48th International Film Festival of India opened in Panaji (Goa) Monday with a star parade and the Indian premiere of Iranian master with Majid Majidi"s Beyond the Clouds.
Majidi creates the best of world cinema despite the adverse situation. He called for support to independent filmmakers. Walking down the red carpet, Majidi said, "They should not stop innovation in their work because of adverse conditions."
Famous for movies like Children of Heaven and The Color of Paradise, Majidi said the priority should be to give what ordinary people think. "Even if the government tries to boycott their work, artists will find a way to express themselves," he said. The festival, which will continue till November 28, will screen around 200 films.
In his opening remarks, Shah Rukh Khan said: "You all should know, in our country, among all of you, there will be interests, albeit small stories hidden somewhere. We are truly a land of stories, fables, of cultural history, religious history, mythology and legends. Stories that have mesmerised us, stories that make us think, stories that make us believe, give us hope and inspire our future generations to their future and larger potential."
"The essence of story telling is incomplete, if there is no story listener. And I believe that story tellers and story listeners are, or at least should be, like a family. There is a word in Sanskrit. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. It means bringing the world together like a family. I believe no matter what your language is, no matter what country your story comes from, and no matter what your ideology is, story telling and listening should be a familial experience which binds us together. Makes relationships stronger, even in the face of dissent and discussion as it usually happens in a family. Instead of tearing us apart," Khan said.
In her address, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting (Govt. of India) Mrs. Smriti Irani said: "It is our endeavour, on behalf of the government of India and the government of Goa, that we invite filmmakers from across the world to this land of stories."
Responding to a remark made by actor Rajkummar Rao who tried to make a connect between director Majidi"s chosen language in his movies, the Union Minister said: "It only shows what a tolerant government we are, I would like to thank you".


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