Grand Opening of 20th Kolkata International Film Festival Attended by Bollywood Glitterati; KIFF Goes Competitive


20th Kolkata International Film Festival Opening Ceremony Pics

The 20th Kolkata International Film Festival began with a glamorous opening ceremony attended by eminent dignitaries from the field of politics and films. Kolkata’s second oldest festival of films was inaugurated at a gala event at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in the presence of the Honorable Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Jaya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Paul Cox, Shoojit Sarkar, Irfaan Khan, Ranjit Mullick, Mausumi Chatterjee, Amol Palekar were among the few who attended the grand opening ceremony.

The eminent guests and dignitaries were draped in stoles given by the Chief Minister. The Bachchan family set the stage on fire with their oomph and style. The family members also shared their experiences of their linkups to the city of Kolkata.

Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan lit the ceremonial lamp along with the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The thali girl for this year was eminent Bengali actress Raima Sen.

Bickram Ghosh, Usha Uthup and Ustad Rashid Khan set the mood of the festival by playing light music for the opening ceremony. The classical music was a fitting accompaniment for the ceremony.

Shahrukh Khan who is the brand ambassador of Kolkata urged the international delegates to try the various sweets available in the city.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looking gorgeous in her black dress unveiled the brochure of the film festival. Veteran actresses Tanuja and Jaya Bhaduri released a Bengali music album.

Jaya Bachchan said that coming to the film festival has become an annual event for her family. She however wished that one day her grand-daughter Aradhya would also join them at the event.

The film festival opening was therefore a grand event heralding the start of seven days of unlimited film watching.

Hail the Festival of Films..!!

Priyanka Dutta

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