It feels great to bring your baby back home. It’s the same feeling showcasing ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ at the 43rd IFFI.
- Mira Nair (As quoted in probollywood.com)
Ashok Amritraj said, “First of all, it is great pleasure to be in here. Although I could not give much time in here, I definitely would like to come back more often and be a part of the great endeavour of the International Film Festival of India. I would like to thank the Goa film industry, the Goa Government, the International Film Festival of India and the Government of India to have honoured me by showcasing my choicest movies as a part of the Special Tribute section.
Being at the 43rd IFFI is a great honour as this is the celebration of the hundred years of Indian cinema. Co-incidentally, this is a time when I have completed a hundred movies myself which makes this time all the more special for me. When I started out my journey, my aim was to just make one movie, but over the years, my movie career has ballooned.”
- Ashok Amritraj (As quoted in Manoramaonline.com, 30 November 2012)
“IFFI is a work in progress. The government has done the right thing by bringing in someone like Mohan to head the IFFI secretariat. We hope that the trend continues. The quality of films has got better in the last few years,” Adoor told this reporter. He even cited the example of Cannes and Berlin film festivals which were being headed by the same individuals for decades together to provide consistency to these festivals.
- Adoor Gopalakrishnan (As quoted in Seven Sisters Post, 13 December 2012)
Barua said that the importance of IFFI lies in ensuring a global audience and visibility for Indian films. “My film Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai got global recognition thanks to IFFI when in 1988 in Trivandrum, it attracted lot of attention and was later picked up by festival directors from across the world,”
- Jahnu Barua (As quoted in Seven Sisters Post, 13 December 2012)