Hema Malini and Prasoon Joshi will be conferred with the Indian Film Personality of the Year award at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, later this month. The announcement was made by Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday, November 18. While Hema Malini is an actor-turned-politician, Prasoon Joshi is a lyricist and chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be organised from November 20 to November 28.
ANI tweeted about the same and wrote, “Hema Malini and Prasoon Joshi will be honoured with the ‘Indian Film Personality of the Year’ award at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be organised between Nov 20 & Nov 28 in Goa: I&B Minister Anurag Thakur (sic).”
“Contributions of Hema Malini and Prasoon Joshi to the field of Indian cinema spread over decades and their body of work has enthralled audiences across generations,” Thakur was quoted as saying by ANI while making the announcement.
“They are Indian cinematic icons who are admired and respected the world over,” he added. Last year, the award was conferred to veteran actor, director and singer Biswajit Chatterjee.
Earlier, reports suggested that South star, Samantha Ruth Prabhu will be seen as a speaker at the prestigious event. As per ANI reports, the actress has been invited to speak at the IFFI. Samantha is the first South Indian actress to be invited as a speaker at the event.