Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit flag off 42nd IIFI in Goa

Some Bollywood celebs are in the city of sun and sand to indulge in the best of cinema and also have some fun

Expressing his uneasiness about being in Goa sans beachwear, Shahrukh Khan posted a message on Twitter, “At the Goa film festival…wearing a suit in goa…kinda takes away the spirit of the place…feel like a sore thumb.” SRK isn’t alone there however. He has his Devdas co-stars, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Jackie Shroff to keep him company. The chief guest of the opening ceremony of the film fest is Shahrukh while Tamil star Suriya and Hollywood celebs will grace the closing ceremony. Speaking to reporters, Shah Rukh said, “The technological aspect is important. If our films have to compete with the films made abroad, we have to be technologically sound.” He also said Goa was an ideal place to host the IFFI.  “This is the ideal location for the film festival. We all want it to become the best in the world,” he said.

Dhak-dhak girl Madhuri is also having a whale of a time in Goa. She tweeted, “Treating myself and family to Goan curry. Delicious!! Goa rocks!” Actor Jackie Shroff went around saying that people should not look at Goa only as a holiday destination, but also participate in the International Film Festival of India. It seems that Shroff had expected people from the industry to turn up in huge numbers and was disappointed at the crowd that turned up while he was inaugurating the ‘Raj Kapoor’ lounge for directors at the IFFI venue. He said, “I am going to request people from the film industries in India, like Marathi, Tamil, Bengali also to come here for the festival. People keep talking about Cannes, let’s make Goa better than all that,” he said. At the festival, the Indian Panorama will open with the screening of Malayalam film Urumi and will host Indian movies like Bengali film Ranjana Ami Ar Asbo Na and Hindi film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara among others.

With inputs from agencies