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Panaji: The 48th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has a star-studded line-up for the event, which will be inaugurated by superstar Shah Rukh Khan while Salman Khan will be present at the closing ceremony.

Bollywood actors Katrina Kaif and Shahid Kapoor will also be present at the inauguration, which will be held tomorrow at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Bambolim, near Panaji.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar among others, would be present at the event.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award at the event, while Canadian director Atom Egoyan will receive Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Directorate of Film Festival (DFF) and Goa government’s Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) are jointly organising the festival, which will be held at two venues Kala Academy and Macquiniz Palace.

The organisers said 195 films from across 82 countries would be screened, including 10 world premiers, 10 Asian and international premiers and over 64 Indian premiers will be presented during the festival.

Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s new film “Beyond The Clouds” will open the IFFI.

The event would conclude on November 28 with the world premiere of Indo-Argentinian co-production “Thinking of Him”, directed by Pablo Cesar.

“The closing ceremony will be graced by noted actor Salman Khan. This in addition to a galaxy of noted industry professionals, international guests, dignitaries and film celebrities who will attend the festival,” the organisers said in a release.

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