22nd Kolkata International Film Festival got underway on Friday

Kolkata, Nov 12: The Kolkata International Film Festival starts from 11th November to 18th November this year. KIFF saw a glittering start today in the presence of many Bollywood stars Like SRK and Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Parineeti Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Kajol, among others attending the event at the city, Kolkata.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee also prided herself in organising the screening  of the inaugural film in the Netaji  Indoor  Stadium which has seating of 12,000 people.

Shahrukh Khan, also the state’s  tourism tried his luck by addressing the mob by speaking in Bengali and ended up adorably cute at the Netaji  Indoor  stadium.

“I will get spanked by the end of the evening, hundred percent, by Jaya aunty for sure, because I promised you (Jaya Bachchan) I will speak in Bangla tonight, so I am going to give it a shot.” SRK showed his fear of speaking in Bengali.

SRK greet the Jury member, the guest and people present in the stadium. His mannerisms and hilarious accent drew hoot of laughter in the stadium from the audience. Even Chief minister Mamta Banerjee could not stop clapping.

In the end, Shah Rukh said, “Ami ageo bolechi, Kolkata amar praner sohor, Kolkata Film Festival amar praner utsob” (I have said this before, Kolkata is the city of my heart and Kolkata Film Festival, the festival of my heart)

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As many as 15 films from 13 countries have been selected in KIFF for the best film by a woman Director and Best Woman Director.

This year for  the 3rd time, the Royal Bengal Trophy will be awarded to the best film and the best Director.

Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), has rolled out a campaign,  ‘Cinema for all. All for cinema’.  For the agency was tasked to communicate how cinema brings people closer and together.

KIFF was the culmination of a film society movement which was started in 1995,  that drew its inspiration from the masters of Bengali Cinema – Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen. KIFF is organised by the Kolkata Chalachitra Utsav Society, with financial and logistic support from the Government of West Bengal.

Wefornews Bureau

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