Panaji, Nov 29: Renowned lyricist and creative writer Prasoon Joshi received the ‘Film Personality of the Year’ award at the closing ceremony of the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India(IFFI).
The eminent lyricist and creative writer Prasoon Joshi appreciated IFFI for attempting to provide such a platform through the 75 Creative Minds initiative.
Joshi said, “IFFI has been more than an awards show, it has been a festival. I think what these 75 Creative Minds can do for the country is what really gives me hope.”
Stating that he hailed from a small town in Uttarakhand, Joshi said, “I know how difficult it is for someone coming from a small town to get exposure to cinema.”
In his speech, Joshi said that he was very hopeful about the future of Indian cinema.
“The diversity we have in this country is really amazing. But if we do not get a platform for diversity, that diversity is not going to reflect in our cinema. It is only going to reflect if all these people whom we saw coming from various parts of the country start telling their stories”, said Joshi.
Worth mentioning, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and actress Madhuri Dixit presented the ‘Film Personality of the Year’ award to Prasoon Joshi.