Kolkata: The 24th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) was inaugurated on Saturday at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. The festival is from November 10-17. 171 full-time movies and 150 small-time movies of 70 countries will be shown at 16 locations.
The highlight of this year’s festival is that it celebrates 100 years of Bengali Cinema. So the list of films to be screened will include some brilliant masterpieces from Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen among others.
Chief Minister Mamata along with VVIPs inaugurated it. Special guests such as Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Iranian director Mazid Mazidi, Wahida Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan, director Mahesh Bhatt and several others were present. The trailer of Shahrukh’s movie Zero was shown.
The programme began with songs by Vikram Ghosh, Ostad Rashid Khan, Usha Utthup, Rupankar Bagchi, Lopamudra Mitra. Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan along with CM Mamata Banerjee lighted the lamp and inaugurated the programme.
Others who were present were Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta, Mimi Chakraborty, Koyel Mullick, Sohom, Goutam Ghosh, Biswajit Chatterjee, Dev, Abir Chatterjee, Nusrat Jahan, Priyanka Sarkar, Tanusree and other Tollywood celebrities.
Amitabh Bachchan, before beginning his speech, said to Mamata, “Engreji bolechi, ebar banglai bolchi, asha kori bujhte parben, rokkha korun ma, aar parbona.” ‘ইংরেজিতে বলেছি, এবার বাংলায় বলছি, আশা করি বুঝতে পারবেন, রক্ষা করুন মা, আর পারব না’