The golden jubilee edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), one of the most significant film festivals recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) is all set to take place between November 20 and 28 this year. And today it was announced by I&B minister Prakash Javedkar that Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth will be conferred with the 'Icon of Golden Jubilee' award for his contribution to Indian cinema over the decades.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, during the past several decades, I am happy to announce that the award for the ICON OF GOLDEN JUBILEE OF #IFFI2019 is being conferred on cine star Shri S Rajnikant.— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) November 2, 2019
IFFI takes place annually at Goa and prior to this Rajini has taken home the 'Indian Film Personality of the Year' award in 2014. He was given a silver peacock medal and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh then. The superstar actor thanked the government of India for this second-time honour and wrote:
I thank the government of India for this prestigious honour bestowed upon me on the golden jubilee of the International film festival of India 🙏🏻#IFFI2019— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) November 2, 2019
Earlier this year, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), participated in the Berlin International Film Festival to promote IFFI’s 50th edition. Russia is partnering with India at the festival this year, for which Rs. 18 Crore (officially announced) is being spent.