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Saira Banu honoured with lifetime award

Pune: Yesteryears stars Saira Banu and Shashikala have been honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the 9th Pune International film festival (PIFF) here.

The festival will showcase over 200 national and international films including those inspired by Rabindranath Tagore`s life and work.

Jointly sponsored by Maharashtra government with Pune Film Foundation, PIFF also saw the felcitation of eminent musician Khayyam who was conferred the Sachin Dev Burman international award for his music.

Renowned film maker Subhash Ghai too was honoured with a "special award" for his contribution to Bollywood.

"The highlights of this year`s PIFF are celebration of “50 years of the landmark film Mughal-e-Azam“ and movies based on literature of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary.

"Tagore`s cinematic legacy continues to grow and acquire unique resonances in the 21st century," said Jabbar Patel, Director of PIFF, in an interaction to focus the nuances of the weeklong fixture from January 6-13 in the presence of international jury.

He said, "about 70 award winning films from more than 40 countries will be screened under global cinema cateogry and the country specific focus this year will be on Japan."

Among the films based on Tagore`s literature to be screened at the festival for which 8,000 delegates are expected, are “Kabuliwallah“, immortalised by the acting of Balraj Sahani, “Teen Kanya“ and “Chokher Bali“.

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