Amitabh Bachchan Current Affairs
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The 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held in Panaji in Goa. The closing ceremony was held at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Bambolim.
Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the Indian film personality of 2017 award. Acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan was honoured with the lifetime achievement award.
Other Category Awards
Best film award: 120 Beats Per Minute (French movie) directed by Robin Campullo.
Best director award: Vivian Qu for Angels Wear White (China).
Special Jury Award: Take-off (Malayalam film-India).
Best Actor (Female) award: Parvathy.
Best Actor (Male) award: Nahuel Perez Biscayart for his performance in 120 Beats Per Minute.
Best Debut Feature Film Director award: Kiro Russo for film Dark Skull (Spanish).
ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal: Kshitij-A Horizon (Marathi movie) directed by Manouj Kadamh.
Film Beyond the Clouds directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi was opening film this year, while Pablo Cesar-directed Indo-Argentine film Thinking of Him was the closing film. Around 200 films from 82 countries were screened during nine-day event.
International Film Festival of India (IFFI)
IFFI is biggest state-backed film festival and conducted jointly by Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Directorate of Film Festivals and Government of Goa. It was founded in 1952 and since then held annually in Goa.
IFFI aims at providing common platform for cinemas of world to project the excellence of the film art. It also seeks to contribute to create awareness for understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in context of their social and cultural ethos and promote friendship and cooperation among people of the world.
Maharashtra government has roped Superstar Amitabh Bachchan as its new ambassador for the Tiger Conservation Project. His association will help to raise awareness about saving the tigers in the state.
In this regard Mr. Bachchan has accepted an offer which was forwarded by state Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.
State government had forwarded this proposal to Mr. Bachchan after Tiger Protection Foundation approved a proposal of his appointment as ambassador to promote the Save Tiger campaign in July 2015.
It should be noted that Mr. Bachchan is also brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism since February 2010.
Tiger Conservation in Maharashtra
Currently, Maharashtra has six tiger reserves viz. Tadoba, Melghat, Pench, Nagzira, Sahyadri and Bor. It should be noted that except Sahyadri tiger reserve (located in Kokan region) remaining 5 are located in Vidharbha region of state.
Maharashtra has recorded around 190 tigers as per the 2014 Tiger census (usually conducted every four years). Successful implementation of various conservation efforts has helped to increase population of Tigers in state. Tiger population has recorded a steady rise from 103 in 2006 to 169 in 2010.