At Delhi International Film Festival Vinod Khanna, Om Puri paid homage

At Delhi International Film Festival Vinod Khanna, Om Puri paid homage”

This time around, it was the Christian Bale-starring period Western Hostiles that raised the curtain on the 14th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, once again taking place at its traditional hub at the beachside Madinat Jumeirah. "Wahid Hamed, Sir Patrick Stewart, Irrfan Khan [Hamed and Khan were also receiving achievement awards] and Cate Blanchett are icons of the silver screen and we hope that their presence at this year's festival will help inspire a new generation of filmmaking talent".

Blanchett pointed out that it was her third time at DIFF, saying it was "always a pleasure to be a small part of festival that that supports diverse voices internationally and regionally", adding that as she was the evening's opening awards recipient it was "ladies first tonight. which is a good motto for the film industry".

The Chairman of DIFF Abdulhamid Juma explains in the statement that the Honorary Award is meant to celebrate Khan's "dedication to acting and the film industry" and to recognize him as "one of the greats of acting and cinema", in DIFF's official press release. The second honorary award was presented to iconic British actor Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, a stalwart of stage, television and film for nearly six decades.

DIFF which will be held this year at Central Park and NDMC Convention Centre is all prepped up to screen 174 films, 200 artworks with the participation of 54 countries across the globe.

"Not only Hollywood, but Europe and the outside world is in turmoil at the moment, and I believe that cinema has a role to play in bringing it to an end", he said.

Cate Blanchett added a touch of glamour to the opening ceremony of Dubai International Film Festival.

Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed was given a standing ovation for his contribution to the field of cinema.

Internationally acclaimed Australian actress and two-time Oscar victor Cate Blanchett added a touch of glamour to the festival.

United Arab Emirates culture minister Noura Al Kaabi, a film buff who also heads Abu Dhabi's Media Zone Authority which drives the film industry in the region, noted in her remarks that "over the past decades Arab filmmakers have been able to fight radicalisation and violence".

Other top global and Arab talents sighted strutting down the Madinat Arena red carpet include Vanessa Williams; Bond girl Olga Kurylenko; Egypt-based Tunisian star Hend Sabry; Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor; Switzerland-based Indian director Anup Singh ("The Song of Scorpions"); Lebanese/Australian model Jessica Kahawaty; Lebanese TV personality Raya Abirached and Turkish TV star Tuba Buyukustun, who is known in the Arab world as Lamis.

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