Kolkata: The 24th edition of Kolkata International Film Festival is all set to be inaugurated on Saturday at around 4 PM in Netaji Indoor Stadium. The Big B Amitabh Bacchan will inaugurate the programme.
Many Bollywood fame like Jaya Bacchan, Shahrukh Khan, Wahida Rahman, Sanjay Dutt, Iranian director Majid Majidi will be present in the inaugural ceremony. The last minute preparation is going in Nandan premises and Netaji Indoor Stadium.
The grand size poster at the entrance of Nandan has already grabbed the attention where it stated World Cinema In City Of Joy. The focus of this year festival to be 100 years of Bengali Cinema where workshop on film restoration will be organised during the festival. The ‘Maestro’ category will showcase films made in 2018.
Films which have been celebrated and praised in worldwide film festival are in the list of KIFF. Colourful Hollywood picture and Bengali classic films posters have been used to decorate Nandan and Netaji Indoor stadium. So it is expected that the craze of taking selfie will be higher than anything.
The morning show slot of 9 AM will be dedicated to Sweedish director Ingmar Bergman. The category has named ‘Centenary Tribute’. Another category ‘Restored Classic’ will highlight 100 years of Bengali Cinema.
Two revolving screen have been installed beside the main stage. A theme music has been made prioritizing 100 years of bengali cinema. Several musical performances will be there. Bikram Ghosh with Tejendra Narayan will play. Usha Utthup and Ustad Rashid Khan also perform during the festival.
Ustad Rashid Khan likely to sing ‘Lagi Lagan’ from ‘Meghe Dhaka Tara’. Usha Utthup will present a fusin performance. Soumitra Chtterjee will be present while playing ‘Jibone Ki Pabona’ and another Aparna Sen will be present ‘Ami Miss Calcutta’.
The number of screening place have been increased from 14 to 16. Dumdum and Howrah is the two new place where people will get the facility to join the festival. Last year the number of film was 284. This year it is 322. Bicycle Thieves of Vittorio De Sica has brought again after last year. The number of new entries have been increased this year.