KIFF unveiled in presence of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan
The 18th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) was inaugurated here today in presence of megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan and a number of film personalities making the event the most star-studded ceremony ever in the state.
Noted actor Mithun Chakraborty, Bollywood stars Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma and a number of Tollywood stars also graced the function at the Netaji Indoor Stadium that was attended by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and several eminent personalities.
With a time-frame of 100 years, 160 films in 40 languages having 38 directors across 62 countries will be screened at a dozen venues during the eight-day film festival, unveiled with the Iranian Oscar winning film-' A Separation.' Speaking on the occasion, Amitabh said Kolkata's contribution towards Indian film industry was 'immense' as the city had produced a number of famous films by acclaimed directors like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen.
He said the city, having a rich cultural heritage, also had presented a number of great actors like Chhabi Biswas, Pramathesh Barua, Chhaya Devi and Uttam Kumar, whose performance were unforgettable.
The actor said he enjoys a 'special connection' with Kolkata and it's 'warmth,' which he did not find anywhere in the world.
"I have a special connection with Kolkata, where I got my first job. The city has a unique warmth and responsiveness that I never found anywhere in the world. If a person is depressed, he or she should come to Kolkata," the superstar maintained.
Shah Rukh, the Brand Ambassador of Bengal, said "I am overwhelmed at the invitation, sharing the dais with Mr Bachchan in Kolkata, contribution of which to art and culture is great." Welcoming the actors and others present at the programme, the Chief Minister said the state was having a 'large potential' in respect of entertainment industry.
"Hollywood, Bollywood and Tollywood should come together to enrich the entertainment industry in Bengal that will lead the country in many fields in the future," Ms Banerjee observed.
Around 2000 delegates from Africa, Iran and South America are expected at the film festival.
A number of eminent directors from different countries have also confirmed their participation.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened in the city to make the film festival a success.