23rd Kolkata International Film Festival – Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Mahesh Bhatt and Kajol.

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In Kolkata, stars descended on Mamata Banerjee’s stage for the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival – with a whiff of politics too – as Kamal Haasan rose to a standing ovation besides Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Mahesh Bhatt and Kajol. 144 films from 65 countries will be screened over the next week at 12 different venues. For Kolkata’s film lovers, Christmas has come early. The chief minister will miss the movies. She is off to London tonight. “The whole world has come to Bengal today,” Ms Banerjee said. “We are very proud. But, I am going to London tonight to participate in Sister Nivedita’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations at her home there. English Heritage deferred the programme for me as I was busy with U17 World Cup.”

Mr Amitabh Bachchan asked Mamata Banerjee not to invite him to the festival any more. He is the chief guest for the fourth time today and said he was running out of ideas for his inaugural speech. However, he spoke movingly today about Bengali cinema’s contribution to music in Indian films.

Shah Rukh Khan spoke eight sentences in Bengali to resounding applause and said he would wear a dhoti for the next festival. Kamal Haasan, who many thought may slip in a word about his political plans, spoke briefly on films. Mr Mahesh Bhatt made a more political speech, saying freedom of speech must be protected.

The inaugural film today is Iranian director Mostafa Taqizadeh’s debut film Yellow. It has won several awards this year itself, at Shanghai. Yellow is about friends trying to raise money for a liver transplant for one member of the group.

One of the people on stage with Mamata Banerjee today was British director Michael Winterbottom, who will be showcasing six of his films. He is the maker of The Mighty Heart, a film on the US journalist Daniel Pearl who was killed in Pakistan.

KIFF is the second oldest film festival in the country. It will also pay homage to veterans like Om Puri, Tom Alter and Ramananda Sengupta who have recently passed away. They include films like the 1959 film Headmaster whose cinematographer was Sengupta, Shatranj Ke Khiladi, which featured Tom Alter and Om Puri’s Sadgati.

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Sohag Matubbar says:

sahrukh khan ig beeg boos

sunjith dahs says:

gaddar khan

PRITAM BANERJEE says:

This 3 r best…Big b…Srk…& Kumar sanu. …

Mohammad Shakeel says:

One of the most awe inspiring speech by Amitabh Bachan wherein he took us in his journey of Hindi film music and songs and immense contribution of the great people who are responsible to bind us as Indians. I salute to all those stalwarts!! A great narration and must for every Indians to listen and to feel proud…

countryfirst says:

maharukh to pani kum chai hai bawa uske bap ke same…..yani ki big b

countryfirst says:

only bacchan phir roshan uske bad khannan khannan aate hai re …..ha ha haklate hue

countryfirst says:

bacchan ke aage sab khanole phikeee hai bawa

arman ali says:

Zabardast bolta hai yaar srk….one of the best speaker around the world …..

moin sayyed says:

Amitabh is Amitabh, our KOHENOOOOR,

Ajmal Dawlatzai says:

shahrukh khn king of bollywood

safety plus says:

Mamta di is real symbol of indian women

mohammed balaj says:

badshah Khan ZINDABAD always love srk sir always

prince Richard says:

mamta srk ko ithni like q karthi he,,I m sure koi figical relation he srk k sath mamta ka… nei tho srk jesa rubbish actor bar bar q jati he kolkata…sale gaddar srk teri tho…..maki

Sheikh Shahjada says:

Love you #iamsrk
Our nation Proud

MA Gouri says:

Kajol looking very beautiful

Jayanta Mohanty says:

Shahrukh Khan a r Bangla speech darun legechhe.. ! Amitabh is Amitabh… very deep and sound knowledge… great speech… !!

Bunda dejuna071111 says:

Is the best King sahruk

purba das says:

khub sundor kajol & srk aksate darun

NAZMUL HASSAN says:

Where is mithun da

Satyanarayan Chaudhary says:

best speaks big amitabha bachan sadiyo ka nayak

kalu maharana says:

kajol ur Awesome ………..

ABDULLAH KHAN says:

no any one can replace Amitabh bachchan sir, after amit Ji king khan shah rukh khan is best

Sunil Jaswal says:

Amitabh me ego nahi hai isliye wo khabhi badakkpan nahi dikhate isliye isliye wo megastar hai

Sunil Jaswal says:

Amitabh not only good actor but also nice peron

Sunil Jaswal says:

Only one star in world amitabh

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