Michael Douglas, a renowned Hollywood actor and producer, is set to receive the prestigious Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
Who is Michael Douglas?
- The veteran actor is well known for his impressive filmography, which includes cult classics such as 'Basic Instinct', and Oscar-winning movies like 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest' and 'Wall Street'.
- Michael Douglas started his Hollywood career in 1966 and has acted in over 63 movies, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1987 drama 'Wall Street'.
- He has also received the American Film Institute Lifetime Award in 2009, and has won and been nominated for several BAFTAs, Golden Globe Awards, and Emmy Awards.
The Satyajit Ray Excellence in Film Lifetime Award has previously been awarded to famous figures, such as Martin Scorcese, Wong Kar-wai, Lata Mangeshkar, and Dilip Kumar.
Who is Satyajit Ray?
- Satyajit Ray, the man whom the award is named after, was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. Sukumar Ray, an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature, was the father of the late director.
- After completing his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University in 1940, the director attended Tagore's Visva-Bharati University.
- He became an internationally acclaimed director with the release of his first movie, 'Pather Panchali' in 1955, which won multiple international awards. He passed away on April 23, 1992.
About International Film Festival of India
- International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is the only film festival in South Asia that is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) in the Competitive Feature Films Category.
- Since its inception in 1952, IFFI has been curating spectacular films from all over the world. Its goal is to provide a single platform for ambitious filmmakers, cineastes, and industry professionals to have access to excellent cinema from across the world.
- IFFI’s International Cinema section is an assortment of culturally and aesthetically remarkable films from around the world. It has maintained its stature by committing to promote art by showcasing the international films of the year shortlisted by eminent members associated with the film industry.
- Since 2004, IFFI has moved to its permanent venue in Goa, where it is jointly organized each year by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, The Government of India, and The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).