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The festival, concluding on November 15, would play host to 116 films personalities, 56 of them foreigners representing 24 countries.

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Kolkata, Nov 1 : A bouquet of 214 features and 152 shorts and documentaries from 76 nations would be on offer at the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival beginning on November 8 with a glamorous and glitzy ceremony to be graced by megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, organisers said on Friday.

Celebrated silver screen personalities Jaya Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar, and Mahesh Bhatt, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Germany’s Oscar winning director Volker Schlondorff, “Sex Lies and Videotape” actress Andie MacDowell and Slovak film maker Dusan Hanak would be among the distinguished guests at the inauguration slated to be held in its customary venue Netaji Indoor stadium.

Satyajit Ray’s children’s classic “Goopy Gayen Bagha Baye” – celebrating its 50th year – would be the opening film at the eight day carnival, which has chosen Bengali actress Srabanti as the ‘thali girl’.

The fest, with Germany as the focus country, would see screenings in 17 venues across the city including the Nandan Complex, Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Mancha, various multiplexes and single screen theatres.

The festival, concluding on November 15, would play host to 116 films personalities, 56 of them foreigners representing 24 countries.

The competition section has laid out a whopping prize money of Rs 92 lakh, of which the best film would win a purse of Rs 51 lakh, while the best director stands to be awarded Rs 21 lakh.

In the Indian languages competition section, the best film would get Rs 7 lakh, and the best director Rs 5 lakh along with Hiralal Sen Memorial Trophies.

The best short film gets Rs 5 lakh, and the best documentary Rs 3 lakh, as against Rs 1 lakh given in each of the categories last year.

All winners will also receive the Royal Bengal Golden Tiger trophy.

The non-competitive section would include half a dozen films of famed director Basu Chatterjee as a special tribute, while the homage segment is dedicated to legendary Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, six of whose classics will be screened. The segment would also feature acclaimed director Mrinal Sen, actor-director-screen writer Girish Karnad, music director Mohammed Zahur Khayyam, actress Vidya Sinha and Ruma Guha Thakurta, and Bengali film actors Chinmoy Roy and Swarup Dutta.

The coming edition of the annual carnival would pay Centenary tribute among others to Italian auteur Gillo Pontecorvo, singer Manna Dey and actress Karuna Bandopadhyay, who so beautifully portrayed the role of Apu-Durga’s mother Sarobjaya in Ray’s masterpiece “Pather Panchali”.

The festival’s much-awaited retrospective section would showcase films of German director Alexanadar Kluge and Slovak film maker Dusan Hanak.

The contemporary world cinema would be represented by 48 films released in 2019 – 29 under Cinema International and 19 under Maestro.

The fest will also present ten Indian films in rare languages headlined ‘Unheard India’, and eight restored classics – including “Goopy Gayen Bagha Bayen” – which have completed 50 years.

On the sidelines of the showpiece event, Kumar Shahani would deliver the Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture, while Macdowell and Schlondorff have agreed to take Masters’ Class.

The Celebrating Celluloid fragment would re-introduce the 35 mm projection system, screening a total of ten films – six of them from Italy, two from Germany and the remaining two Indian ventures.

Altogether 23 Bengali films would be on show.

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Chahatt Khanna now has a cat

Last month, Chahatt shared that she is boycotting all Chinese applications and has blamed China for triggering the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Mumbai, July 6 : Actress Chahatt Khanna has got herself a new pet – a cat she has named Ruffle.

“My friend was trying to convince me to own a cat for a long time. She wasn”t in town and she asked me if I could go and see a cat for her. I went and I saw the kittens. They were so cute that I feel in love with them. I was supposed to foster the cat till she returns,” Chahatt said.

She said she got two kittens, one for herself and the other for her friend.

“It is now my partner in crime forever. I am head over heels in love with the cat. He is just adorable and he is mine. I can only thank my friend for pushing me for this,” Chahatt said.

Last month, Chahatt shared that she is boycotting all Chinese applications and has blamed China for triggering the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Sushant Singh Rajput death: Police record Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s statement

Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging in his Mumbai residence on June 14. The actor’s postmortem report stated his death was a suicide.

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Mumbai, July 6 : Mumbai Police on Monday recorded the statement of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.

The director arrived at Bandra Police Station on Monday morning to give his statement.

As per reports, late actor Sushant was approached by Bhansali for his 2013 film “Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela”. However, Sushant could not take up the offer reportedly due to his contract with a production house. Later Ranveer Singh was signed for the role. The female lead was played by Deepika Padukone and the film turned out to be a superhit.

Meanwhile Mumbai Police has, over the past weeks, also recorded statements of Sushant’s family, staff, a few of his friends, and rumoured girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, besides filmmaker Mukesh Chhabra and actress Sanjana Sanghi who worked with the late actor in his upcoming last film “Dil Bechara”.

Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging in his Mumbai residence on June 14. The actor’s postmortem report stated his death was a suicide.

Within a few days of the actor’s death, a complaint was filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. The case filed regarding the actor’s death was against eight Bollywood personalities including Bhansali, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra and Ekta Kapoor.

Mumbai Police is investigating the death of the actor, though many fans on social media have been demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the case.

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Disha Patani’s latest picture is all about smiles

On the work front, Disha was last seen in “Malang”, which also features Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu.

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Mumbai, July 5 : Bollywood actress Disha Patani has shared a stunning new picture of herself on social media.

Disha took to Instagram, where she shared a selfie of herself flaunting her beautiful smile at the camera. The actress is seen sporting a no make-up look and let hair open.

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She captioned the image with a pink flower emoji.

Disha had earlier shared a video of herself clipping her dogs nails.

On the work front, Disha was last seen in “Malang”, which also features Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu.

The film is a revenge saga set in Goa and, despite gruesome moments of violence, it has catchy tunes composed by multiple music directors.

Mohit Suri”s directorial “Malang” is all set to have a sequel, the makers have confirmed.

Disha will next be seen in “Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai”. The action drama starring Salman Khan was supposed to be his Eid release this year, but has got delayed owing to coronavirus pandemic.

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