Actor Ranveer Singh has been honoured with the Etoile D’Or Award at the 19th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival. The actor later also took over the stage to dance and perform an impromptu rap number from his hit movie Gully Boy.
The Marrakech International Film Festival has previously honoured Indian stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan and in 2012, it ran a special sidebar to mark 100 years of Indian cinema. This year the festival marks its first edition since 2019 and will run from November 11 to 19.
Ranveer Singh on Etoile D’Or Award
During the festival’s opening ceremony, Ranveer performed one of his energetic dances bound with rap and dance. As the actor was presented with Marrakech’s Etoile d’Or trophy, he said, “This is the darkest period. When I look at the world around me, I see all sorts of pain and suffering. I feel that in my capacity as an entertainer, the best thing I can do is lighten people’s burden,” reported Variety.
Watch the video here.
Following the opening ceremony performance, he moved to Marrakech’s famous Jemaa El Fna Square where Singh-starrer Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial Bajirao Mastani was screened. There he treated the crowd to a rendition of a rap number from Gully Boy and once again danced. “You put me on a stage and give me a mike, and I feel compelled to sing you a song, or do you a dance, or show you a movie, or tell you a story,” he added.
Watch his speech after receiving the award here.
When asked how he feels representing Indian cinema in Africa, Ranveer Singh said, “I have to say it is overwhelming. I think it stands a testament to the power of Indian Cinema. It can transcend geographical borders, and cultural borders, and bring us together as people. I think it is the most beautiful thing. I think I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of Indian cinema. I feel so proud at this moment.”
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