Renowned actress, Madhuri Dixit was honored with the 'For Making a Distinction in Indian Cinema' award at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). With an illustrious career spanning an extraordinary four decades, Madhuri Dixit has left an indelible mark on the Indian film industry.
- The award was announced by Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, Dr L Murugan, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant at the inaugural ceremony of the 54th IFFI held in Panaji, Goa on 20 November 2023.
- Madhuri Dixit has graced Indian film screens with her long-lasting, unmatched talent for four decades.
- Her ability to bring diverse characters to life has enthralled audiences for generations. The 'For Making a Distinction in Indian Cinema' award is a testament to Madhuri Dixit's extraordinary achievements and her lasting impact on Indian cinema.
Six Filmfare Awards for Madhuri Dixit:
- Madhuri Dixit, a leading Hindi film actress of the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s, has received six Filmfare Awards and has been nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress a record fourteen times.
- Madhuri Dixit started her film career with 'Abodh' (1984) and gained wider public recognition with Tezaab (1988).
- Madhuri Dixit was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for India in the year 2014.
54th International Film Festival of India:
- The 54th International Film Festival of India began on 20 November 2023 in Goa. The inaugural ceremony was held on 20 November evening at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Bambolim. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurated the 9-day event.
54th IFFI begins:
- The festival commenced with the British film 'Catching Dust.' Thakur highlighted India's media and entertainment industry, boasting a 20% annual growth rate, ranking as the world's fifth-largest and highly globalized sector.
- 2 thousand 926 entries have been received from 105 countries for this festival, which is three times more than last year.
- 13 World Premieres, 18 International, 62 Asia and 89 India Premieres will be shown during the 54th IFFI.
OTT Awards launched:
- Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur has launched the OTT Awards from this year to recognize excellence in OTT series and films. A total of 32 entries in 10 languages were received from 15 OTT platforms for the Best Web Series (OTT) award, he said.
Incentive for foreign film production increased to 40 percent:
- In a significant move, Anurag Thakur announced that the incentive for foreign film production has been increased from 30 percent to 40 percent. This will give a boost to the foreign film production process in India.