Speaking to reporters, Parsekar said he was willing to talk to the FTII students, who have threatened to protest at the IFFI inauguration venue, the Dr Shyama Prasada Mukherjee indoor stadium on the outskirts of Panaji when the event kicks off today.

"They should not dampen the spirit of the festival, especially when the state is so decked and geared up for IFFI," Parsekar said.

"If required, I can speak to them. I will request them to defer their protest... We can speak about this to the central government, which is like a father to all of us," he added.

FTII students had staged a 139-day strike from June 12 this year, in protest against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the institute's director, claiming he was unfit for the position.

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