After the initial hiccups, the 48th IFFI in Goa went on smoothly and concluded on a graceful note. Not much was made of the two controversial films not being screened and also the jury members and the other opposition members softened their stance. The closing ceremony was graced by many superstars and stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Zaira Wasim, Matin Re Tangu the child actor, etc. The IFFI curtain came down; presided over by Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, and the CM of Goa Manohar Parrikar. The other actors who were noticed in the week-long event were Sushant Singh Rajput, Pooja Hegde, Muzzafar Ali, Nagesh Kukunoor, Huma Qureshi, Bhoomi Pednekar, Siddharth Malhotra, etc. Not many were sure about the success of the festival but the curators of the festival did a wonderful job in-spite of the number of problems facing them. The opening ceremony was a total disaster with many noted film personalities not getting seats at the hall and were running helter-skelter for their places. The credit goes to the organizers that they coordinated with the NFDC in an efficient way and got the best of films from all over the world. The opening ceremony was held at the hands of superstar SRK and even Shahid Kapoor graced the memorable evening. The great Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s film ‘Beyond the Clouds’ starring Ishan Khattar, the brother of Shahid Kapoor was the cynosure of all eyes. It was indeed wonderful to see the solidarity of the Hindi Film Industry who ignored all the differences and made their presence felt at the festival. National Award-winning filmmaker Vinod Kapri’s Pihu was the opening film. Pihu is a special film. Not because its protagonist is a two-year-old child and also not because she is the only character in the film, but maybe because the whole crew and the child’s family lived in the same apartment for a while to get her attuned to the film. This time round there was also a special section for Children’s films which is a good initiative by the officials of IFFI. With film buffs from all over the world, the IFFI has now grown as an international film festival and it goes to the credit of the Goa culture ministry and the efforts by the CM Manohar Parrikar to hold a festival of such a stature in his state which will become a permanent feature now. We hope next time round the jury is more apprehensive of their actions and the repercussions it will have on the film industry as a whole. Our only wish is that this festival reaches the highs of the Cannes Film Festival or the Karlovy Vary festival. The Hindi film industry came together at difficult times and it’s commendable on their part. Untill the next edition of the fabulous festival, Go Goa! Trade Magazine