Oops! Akshay Kumar embarrasses Amitabh Bachchan in public

Updated: Dec 02, 2017, 19:43 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan was left embarrassed by superstar Akshay Kumar at the star-studded closing ceremony of the 48th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. Here's what happened...

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan was left embarrassed by superstar Akshay Kumar at the star-studded closing ceremony of the 48th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. Wondering what happened? Akshay Kumar bowed to touch Amitabh Bachchan's feet, which left Big B 'embarrassed'. Photos have surfaced on social media that show Akshay Kumar trying to touch Amitabh Bachchan's feet and Big B later hugging the Khiladi. When these pictures were shared on Twitter, Amitabh Bachchan re-tweeted the photos and wrote, "embarrassed that Akshay does this .. no Akshay this is not done (sic)."

Oops! Akshay Kumar embarrasses Amitabh Bachchan in public
Akshay Kumar tries to touch Amitabh Bachchan's feet at IFFI 2017 closing ceremony. Pic/@ashokmistry4545 Twitter account

Oops! Akshay Kumar embarrasses Amitabh Bachchan in public
Akshay Kumar hugs Amitabh Bachchan at IFFI 2017 closing ceremony. Pic/@ashokmistry4545 Twitter account

See Amitabh Bachchan's tweet:

Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the Indian film personality of the year award at IFFI 2017 and he chose the occasion to highlight the power of cinema saying it brings people together irrespective of their caste, colour, creed or religion. The 75-year-old actor said cinema is the only medium that offers "poetic justice" in mere three hours and he is proud to be a part of the film fraternity.

"I have always felt that my request and regard for the Indian film industry have rested in the presence the film industry has had in our world. When we sit inside a dark hall we never ask the creed, the colour (or) the religion of the person sitting next to us. We see the same film, we laugh on the same joke, we cry on the same emotion, we sing the same songs. In this fast world of today, where can you find such a wonderful and worthy example of unity and integration as we do in the world of cinema," he said in his acceptance speech.

Recalling a conversation he had with his father, eminent poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, the actor said, "During the last years, my father used to sit in front of the television and see a Hindi film every evening, often it used to be my own film. One day, I asked him what attracts him towards Hindi cinema and he said 'I get to see poetic justice in three hours.' This is the power of cinema. I am a very proud Indian and also a very proud and small member of this exquisite fraternity."

Amitabh Bachchan was presented with the award by Akshay Kumar and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani. The actor, in his speech, also said that Goa is very close to his heart and thanked IFFI for the recognition. "Goa is very close to my heart. My first film 'Saat Hindustani' was shot in Goa and therefore I have immense amount of memories and love for people of Goa. The very first fan I had was also from Goa her name is Zareen Fernandez. I just want to thank IFFI and Smriti ji for this recognition. I have always felt that accolade that come to me are something I do not deserve. I still feel the same but I do respect this award. Thank you so much for having me here tonight and honouring me," Amitabh Bachchan said.

Sidharth Malhotra paid tributes to Amitabh Bachchan with a dance performance on his popular songs such as "Khaike paan Banaras", "Saara zamaana" and "Jumma chumma de de". Akshay, who welcomed the star on stage called him the "father of Indian cinema". The actor recalled meeting Amitabh Bachchan in Kashmir, as a teenager, and thanked him for inspiring hundreds of people to choose acting. In her speech, Irani said, "You all, who have seen and studied Amitabh Bachchan's career, must be knowing that there was an incident when Amit ji went to audition for All India Radio and he was rejected and now it is ('vidhi ka vidhan') and our honour that the same ministry (Information and Broadcasting) is presenting you with this award. This is our honour and thank you so much."

The festival had opened on November 20 amid the presence of superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Sridevi and ended on a star-studded celebration. The closing ceremony, hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar, Sonali Bendre and "Dangal" actor Zaira Wasim, started on a musical note with singer Papon performing one of his most popular songs "Moh moh ke dhaage'. Salman, who made a surprise entry on the stage following the performance could not speak much due to bad throat, but gave the audience some memorable moments with his chat with 'Tubelight' child actor Matin Rey Tangu. "My voice is gone. But I have come to Goa, because I love this place and the people," he said. Salman and Matin also recreated the "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" scene from their film 'Tubelight'.

Photos: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar at IFFI 2017 closing ceremony
Photos: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar At IFFI 2017 Closing Ceremony

The evening went forward with the awards announcement. The first award was the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal, which was given to director Manoj Kadam for his film "Kshitij: A Horizon". French drama film "120 Beats Per Minute", directed by Robin Campillo, won the biggest honour of the night, the Golden Peacock Award. Actors Nahuel Perez Biscayart from France and India's Parvathy Thiruvoth Kottuvatta, received the Best Actor Male and Female awards respectively. They were given a Silver Peacock, a certificate and cash prize of Rs 10 lakh each. While Malayalam film "Take Off", directed by Mahesh Narayan, won the Special Jury Award, Chinese filmmaker Vivian Qu received the Best Director Award for her film "Angels Wear White". Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan was honoured the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The evening ended with all the stars and political leaders coming together on stage and saying goodbye to IFFI 2017, with a promise to return next year on a bigger and better scale.

(With inputs from PTI)

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