The international festival of Kolkata opened on Saturday night Amitabh Bachchan, after watching him in Hindi and Bengali film. In the presence of the Chief Minister of the Western Bengal Mamta Banerjee, Bachchan revenged the ceremonial lamp to open the 24th edition of the festival. In his speech, the actor spoke about the glorious 100 years of Bengali film.
At the event, Shah Rukh Khan's Zero trailer is also shown. SRK said in his speech that he regretted not getting a national award and added that none of his films were ever featured at any film festival of this style. However, he added that Zero is a special movie.
Other actors present at the event include Jaia Bachchan, Vaheeda Rehman, Soumitra Chatterjee, Majid Majidi and Mahesh Bhatt, among others.
A series of diverse Australian films, the Majidi's cinema and the 100th anniversary of the legendary Swedish director-producer Ingmar Bergman through the screening of eight of his outstanding films are the peaks of the film festival.
The eight-day extravaganza, which is considered the second-oldest film festival in the country, also has numerous award-winning international cinemas from countries such as the US, Spain, France and Russia in offer for film fans of the city. The festival features 171 feature films, 150 short and documentary films from 70 countries.
With Australia, which is the focus country for this edition of KIFF, the presentation of twenty-six old and new films will take place in all places. Australian director Philip Noice, the producer of Angeline Jolie starter "Salt", honors the retrospective.
First Edition: Nov 10, 2018 18:09 IST