Amitabh, SRK, Kamal Haasan inaugurate Kolkata film fest
Kolkata: Cinema greats Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Mithun Chakraborty and Kamal Haasan dazzled as they came together at the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on Sunday.
Joining them was also West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the curtain-raising event for the festival.
Bengali filmmaker Sandip Ray, veteran actresses Sabitri Chatterjee and Supriya Devi, and actor Dipankar De joined the film stars from Bollywood and the state chief minister in the ceremonial lamp lighting ceremony at the second-oldest film festival in the country.
Creative dancer Sukalyann Bhattacharya and his entourage presented a 10-minute performance that depicted a century of Indian cinema, called "Down Memory Lane".
A packed audience applauded as Jaya Bachchan and Mithun Chakraborty - both Bengalis - took to the mike to express their delight at being in the city.
Jaya, looking stunning in a bright red silk saree, was seen chatting with Chief Minister Banerjee, who also exchanged words with King Khan during the speeches.
SRK lauded Banerjee's enthusiasm and zeal in conducting the film festival. Looking dapper in a grey-black tuxedo and a stylish ponytail, King Khan paid homage to late filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh.
In his role as Bengal's brand ambassador, SRK welcomed international and national dignitaries to the festival in Kolkata, which he dubbed the "greatest, the most charming, and the most loving city in the world".
"Festivals like this one are expressions of collective happiness over life, I think. I hope creative interactions of this scale help Indian films reach the height that great filmmakers present tonight, as well as those who passed away, like the wonderful Rituparno, had dreamt of," said Khan, who also remembered Satyajit Ray on the occasion.
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