Tollywood celebs were being criticised for not attending the 18th International Children's Film Festival of India (ICFFI), which was held between November 14 and 20 in Hyderabad. A section of media described their absence as their ego. But in a surprising development, Power Star Pawan Kalyan, who often shies away from attending public events, graced the closing ceremony and along with Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan. He even gave away the awards in sixteen categories.
Addressing the event, Pawan Kalyan said that three days ago, M Dana Kishore, the Managing Director of the Film Development Corporation, had approached him and invited him to be a special guest for the closing ceremony. The actor could not turn down his invitation. He also explained that he had watched the inauguration of the ICFFI on TV and was impressed with the enthusiasm of the children, which forced him to attend the event.
Since it was an international film award event, several delegates from different countries graced the closing ceremony of the ICFFI, but the moment Pawan Kalyan entered the venue, the centre of attraction changed with the children and other film goers shouting the slogan of "Pawan Kalyan Zindabad", which continued to surcharge the atmosphere there all through the event.
We bring you the photos of the closing ceremony of the ICFFI and details of 16 awards, which were distributed on the occasion. Continue to see them in the slideshow.