Dusky beauty Rekha to lend light to IFFI opening ceremony

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New Delhi, Nov 15 (UNI) Dusky beauty from the South, filmstar Rekha would lend glamour and grace to the opening ceremony of the prestigious International Film Festival of India (IFFI) beginning in Goa from November 22.

Director of the Film Festival SM Khan told a press conference that they got the confirmation from Ms Rekha today itself for agreeing to open the gala event.

Besides Rekha, there will be two special guests - Amrita Rao and Elina D'Cruz, a Tamil film actress of Goan origin.

He, however, said the opening film of the festival was yet to be decided, adding that 'War Lords' by Peter Chan or 'My Magic' by Erick Hoo were strong competitors for the honour, and a decision would be taken by tomorrow.

Mr Khan said this time the Directorate has been successful in obtaining the world's most remarkable films for the foreign section of the festival which include the Princess of Nebraska by Wayne Wang from Kazakhastan, Hungarian films 'Milky Way' and French film by Barbet Schroder to name a few.

All the films in the foreign section would be screened for the first time in India, he said.

There will be a special tribute to Peter Chan who is also head of the Jury. His two films are 'War Lords' and Perhaps Love. Other foreign film personalities who will be paid special tribute by the festival were Ali Kaurismaki, John Landis, Wong Kar Wai and Nikki Karimi who is also on the Jury.

The Director also said six Indian films will be premiered in the festival and these include Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye, A Day in Kochi, Thanks Ma, Sanwarya.com and Stoneman.

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