Chaotic start to PIFF; minister, who was in Pune and was to inaugurate it, gives it a miss

  • | Friday | 11th January, 2019

The 17th edition of Pune International Film Festival of India (PIFF), the official film festival of Maharashtra, started in the city on Thursday with a chaotic and mismanaged opening ceremony that has become the characteristic of the festival over the years. Hindi film music composer Vijay Patil of Raam-Laxman duo was felicitated with the SD Burman International Award for Creative Music & Sound. Explained State’s official film fest tag of no help Although it’s the official film festival of Maharashtra, the PIFF has been getting a raw deal from the state government for the last few years. State Minister of Culture Vinod Tawde, who was supposed to inaugurate the event, gave it a miss despite being in the city and attending several other events. “It’s a great and pleasant coincidence that I am getting this award from PIFF when it’s celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.

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