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Pictures: Rajinikanth-Kamal Hassan come together at FICCI meet

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The fourth edition of the FICCI's 'Media and Entertainment Business Conclave' was kicked off on Tuesday (October 16) at the ITC Sheraton Park Hotels and Towers at 10 am.

Industry heavyweights such as Kamal Hassan, Suresh Babu, C Kalyan, B Shashi Kumar, Ameer and Barrie Osborne were all in attendance.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, popularly known as FICCI, honoured legends from various film industries. Legendary artists K Balachander, Nadia from Tamil, Sukumari, Priyadharshan, Sheela, Madhu, Jayaram from Malayalam, Ramanaidu from Telugu and Girish Karnad, Jayanti from Kannada film industry were honoured. As an icing on the cake, Superstar Rajinikanth gave a special appearance to felicitate the legends and made the event more colourful.

The award to Ms Sukumari was given by Mr Rama Naidu
The award to Mr Madhu was given by Sheela
The award to Ms Sheela was Given by Mr Girish Karnad
The award to Mr Jayanthi was given by Mr K Balachander
The award to Girish Karnad was given by Dr Kamal Hassan
The award to Santhosh Sivan was given by Mr Priyadarshan
The award to Mr D Ramanaidu was given by Barrie Osborne
The award to Mr K Balachander was given by Mr Girish Karnad, Mr Madhu, Mr Ramanaidu, Mr Barrie Osborne
Mr Dilip Kumar has been honoured by Mr Kamal Hassan at Mumbai in his residence.

Kamal Welcomes Rajinikath

The FICCI was founded in 1927 by Mahatma Gandhi as a non-profit initiative to boost Indian Industries during the freedom struggle.

Kamal sharing A Light Moment With Rajini

Dr Kamal Hassan, Chairman of the Media and Entertainment Business Conclave, gave the welcome speech.

The session, in the form of a panel discussion speculated the future of our Indian film industry and probed into some of the recent problems that both regional and the Hindi film fraternity are witnessing.

Rajinikanth With Jnanpith Laureate Girish Karnad

Girish Karnad is a contemporary writer, playwright, screenwriter, actor and movie director in Kannada language. He was honoured at the event.

Kamal Hassan Speaks...

Tracing the roots of the FICCI movement, Kamal Hassan acknowledged the tireless work being done by FICCI's entertainment division to bring in policy changes in various segments of the media and entertainment industry.

All In One!

Kamal also highlighted the various achievements of the division including accordance of 'industry status' to the film industry, submitting the TRP report to review and recommending a robust system of measurement of TRP.

Barrie Osborne With Legendary Balachander

Kamal Hassan proudly affirmed the South as "The residence of National Cinema!" and looked ahead to the future of digital cinema.

Girish Karnad With Kamal Hassan

Kamal felt that we are more into imitating the popular culture and dress code than concentrate on scripts. Filmmakers and actors must invest more time in gathering know-how from previously produced works.

Osborne With Hassan

Oscar Award winning director and producer Barrie Osborne gave the keynote address for the occasion.

Oscar-Winning Director And Producer Barrie Osborne

Impressed with the state of Indian Cinema, Osborne spoke of his desire to work with Kamal Hassan in the near future and predicted FICCI to serve as a "guiding light" to Indian Cinema for the next 100 years.

Ramanaidu With Kamal Hassan

Stardom and crowd gathering will never cease to exist though we need better platforms to showcase our talents. Cinema watching is an integral part of our culture now, said Kamal.

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