Hyderabad, Oct 12: Bollywood star hero Akshay Kumar will be inaugurating the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which gets underway next month. Vishnu Wagh, vice chairman of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG),informing media said, "We have just finalised it. Akshay Kumar will be inaugurating the IFFI this year. He has also okayed it." The 10-day IFFI will be held in Panaji from Nov 20. Akshay who is also popular as Khiladi Kumar owns a house in Anjuna, 20 Km north of Panaji, Goa.
Organisers shortlisted even Big B Amitabh along with Akshay, but finally settled for Akshay to inaugurate the festival, which is being held in Goa annually since 2004. Organiser Wagh said the film fest will be an outside affair at picturesque location at river jetty. He said, "It will be a much grander event this year with over 2,500 people attending it, as against the 1,000 odd invitees, who were traditionally invited every year." He went on to add that the Goa government would be spending around Rs.9 crore for the 10-day event.
"The central government will only foot the bill for the inaugural and closing ceremonies," Wagh said.