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Renowned Lyricist Prasoon Joshi receives Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2021

 Panaji, 28 Nov(FASTMAIL) -“One Sky is less, bring me more skies”. Yes, this is what Prasoon Joshi, renowned lyricist and Chairperson, Central Board of Film Certification said on being presented the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2021, at the closing ceremony of the 52nd International Film Festival, today, in Goa, today, November 28, 2021.

The award has been conferred on him, for his contribution to cinema, popular culture and socially significant artistic work.

 Joshi said success in filmmaking should be by design, not by the vagaries of chance. “I feel films should be magic but filmmaking should not be magic. I think success should be by design and not by chance. The chance we attach to filmmaking should reduce because we have got many brilliant minds in this country raring to go and make great films.”

Known widely for his soulful and evocative lyrics in films, unique TV ads and socially relevant stories, Shri Joshi, a Padma Shri awardee and winner of multiple other national awards, exhorted young and budding filmmakers to begin cherishing and celebrating the state of confusion. “Young minds should start celebrating the state of confusion. Confusion is the most fertile state and the most discomforting, but the best ideas have their origin in confusion.”



 He cautioned aspiring filmmakers that there is no shortcut to great cinema, so filmmakers should never think they will arrive somewhere by shortcut.

Joshi said that one great thing about this edition of IFFI is the novel initiative “75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow”. “What I feel great about IFFI this year is the “75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow” competition, a great initiative. IFFI has been more than an award show, it has been a festival. What these 75 minds can do for the country, is what gives me hope.”  Shri Joshi was the Chairperson of the Grand Jury for the initiative.

Addressing the closing ceremony, the Union I&B Minister  Anurag Singh Tharkur expressed his personal gratitude to Prasoon Joshi for discussing with the Minister at length the idea of “75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow” and for working with him to make the idea a reality.

Joshi thanked IFFI for continuing to promote and celebrate the spirit of cinema. "I am thankful to IFFI for this recognition and congratulate them for championing the cause of cinema even during this challenging year amidst the pandemic.”

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