Amid a galaxy of stars from Bollywood, Bengali cinema and foreign shores, megastar Shah Rukh Khan on Friday inaugurated the 25th Kolkata Worldwide Movie Competition aka KIFF at Netaji Indoor stadium right here.
Flanked by yesteryear’s high heroine Rakhi Gulzar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and ‘thali girl’ Srabonti Chatterjee, SRK lit the ceremonial lamp to wild cheers from the target market, who later loved every bit of the opening movie – Satyajit Ray’s youngsters’s traditional “Goopy Gayen Bagha Bayen”, which is celebrating its 50th one year.
Germany’s Oscar winning director Volker Schlondorff, “Sex, Lies and Videotape” actress Andie MacDowell, Slovak movie maker Dusan Hanak graced the occasion, alongside Bollywood auteur Mahesh Bhatt, and BCCI President and dilapidated Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly had been among these who graced the feature.
SRK, in his speech, described the 25th one year of the competition as a an crucial landmark.
“The 25th one year is a an crucial landmark, a an crucial milestone for cinema now now not easiest in Bengal, but to the the relaxation of our country on yarn of about a of the most attention-grabbing cinema, about a of the defining cinema of India comes from Bengal and Kolkata,” he mentioned.
Shah Rukh stepped in to originate the jamboree in the absence of Amitabh Bachchan, who modified into once at the origin scheduled to enact the job, but would possibly now not develop it to the fest attributable to indisposition.
“Amitabhji comes right here at any time when. But he would possibly now not flip up. Since last evening he is in bad health. So doctors occupy restricted his actions. He is suffering lots since last evening,” Banerjee mentioned.
Speaking on the occasion, Schlondorff paid rich tributes to Oscar winning maestro Satyajit Ray, ranking the “humanity” in his cinema some distance greater than the mental strategy of the Unique cinema hurry in France and Germany.
He mentioned Indian cinema never lost tune of the sensual, the visible and the class of our lives as it made synthesis of suggestions and concepts.
“Eventually in an art house in Paris we came upon Pather Panchali and the entire Apu trilogy and all of a unexpected we came upon that slack the facade of palaces and costumes there modified into once an incredibly humanity some distance friendly to our mental capability in France and Germany at the time of contemporary cinema,” he mentioned.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape reputation American actress Andie Macdowell called for retaining Ray’s films for posterity.
Bhatt mentioned it modified into once high time filmmakers realise their accountability to ‘whip up’ hopes of an even bigger the following day, in a scenario the set apart the “structures correct thru us globally are collapsing.”
Furthermore in attendance had been Madhabi Mukherjee – known internationally for portraying the title feature in Satyajit Ray’s “Charulata”, actor MPs Nusrat Jahan, Mimi Chakraborty, Shatabdi Roy and Deb Adhikary apart from movie administrators Goutam Ghosh and Sandip Ray.
The programme started with a montage of historical past of cinema, followed by a short promotional movie on Bengal’s movie areas made by Parambrata Chatterjee, prior to a consuming song and dance presentation choreographed by Tanushree Shankar.
Later, Nusrat equipped the 25th Kolkata Worldwide Movie Competition commemoration trophy to SRK, because the target market fervently clapped.
A bouquet of 214 aspects and 152 shorts and documentaries from 76 countries are on offer all the map thru the eight-day gala.
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