Kolkata: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has invited renowned Bollywood actress Tabu for the closing ceremony of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). The actor will be here on November 21.
The Padma Shri winner actress will also give away the Royal Bengal Trophy to the winner of the international competition which has focused on films helmed by women director. The best film will get a cash prize of Rs 51 lakh which is the largest cash award at any international film festival, and the best director will be awarded Rs 21 lakh.
“I am happy to be coming to Kolkata to present such an award. Mamata Banerjee is an admirable figure. Apart from being a strong politician, she is a strong individual. When I received an invitation from her to attend this festival, I agreed to come over.” Said the veteran Diva. She also added that “That’s a city I connect with. Kolkata is an old connection too. I shot for Mira Nair’s film in this city. I was also there for Goutam Ghose’s ‘Abar Aranya’. This is the first time I will be coming for KIFF.”
“It is fantastic to see so many women working in every department of film-making. We now have producers, studio executives, set designers, music composers as women. I am glad KIFF is hosting a competition that acknowledges the work of women,” she exclaimed while commenting the competition of films directed by women.