Kolkatans await for the next Kolkata International Film Festival since the end of the previous one and the intense hungriness to see the films enlisted in the festival could be seen during the 18th Kolkata International Film festival held at Netaji Indoor stadium. This year, the city has witnessed first time millennium star Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood Badshah Shahrukh Khan, Tollywood Mahaguru Mithun Chakraborty and glamorous queen Katrina kaif and Anushka Sharma sharing the same podium in presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Some of the Tollywood stars and actors like Madhabi Mukherjee, Sandhya Roy, Haradhan Bandyopadhya, Dipankar De, Ranjit Mallick were too present in the function. Tollywood heartthrobs Dev, Koel Mallick, Parambrata and Soham also shared the dais.
Mamata Banerjee conducted the grand show in her own unique style and trademark speech. “Bengal has the potential to turn into a home for international cinema. We can act as a bridge between Hollywood, Bollywood and Tollywood. Our government plans to set up three film cities in the state, it’s important to invest in the entertainment business for its now in focus”, she declared.
Amitabh Bachchan was quoted as saying in Bengali, “Namaskar, Ami Banglaey bolchhi. Asha kori apni Bhujhte parben. Ami apanar jamai babu toh. Manonio mukhyomantri amontrone ami ekhane eshechhi. Kolkataey amar shob attio mama, kaka, mashi, pishi, dada, didi, boudi shobaike amar pronam. Byas ar parchhi na. Ebar ingriji. Ekhane baire theke onek otithi eshechhen toh”.
Shahrukh Khan too expressed his thought. “I have not been hijacked but what enticed me to come to the city is its literature, culture, poetry and passion. And Mamata Banerjee. I admire her energy. She is always running around and prodding people. She indeed carries a big powerful punch in a small little packet”.
“Kolkata Film Festival is one of the best in the country. I hope we can hold on to it. It is nurtured by the love of CM. I was Hijacked from the middle of a shoot”, Mithun Da shared.
A tribute was paid to 100 years of Indian Cinema at the inaugural ceremony. Tollywood did not forget to pay respect to some legendry actors like Chhobi Biswas, Chhaya Devi, Uttam Kumar, Bikash Roy, Suchitra Sen, Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee and Robi Ghosh.
List of The Films to be Shown during The Film Festival :
|Name of the films||Venue||Date||Time|
|The Black Girl||Nandan III||11.11.12||7.30 PM|
|Raja Harishchandra||Hiralal Sen Mancha||11.11.12||3.00 PM|
|Harishchandrachi Factory||Hiralal Sen Mancha||17.11.12||3.00 PM|
|Kalpana||Hiralal Sen Mancha||16.11.12||6.30 PM|
|Nader and Simin, A Separation||Rabindra sadan||15.11.12||5.15 PM|
|Celluloid Man- Film on P K Nair||SRFTI Mani Auditorium||12.11.12||5.30 PM|
|The Hunt||Nandan I||12.11.12||7.15 PM|
|In Darkness||Nandan I||17.11.12||7.15 PM|
|Love ( Amour)||Nandan I||16.11.12||5.00 PM|
|Saat Hindustani||Sisir Mancha||11.11.12||7.30 PM|
|Melan cholia||SRFTI Main Auditorium||17.11.12||5.30 PM|
|The Night||Nandan I||11.11.12||9.00 AM|
|After the Battle||Rabindra Sadan||13.11.12||7.30 PM|
|Cauboy||Sisir Mancha||13.11.12||2.00 PM|
|Pahela Aadmi||Hiralal Sen Mancha||16.11.12||3.00 PM|
|3 On A Bed||Nandan III||12.11.12||11.15 AM|
|Miss Lovely||Nandan I||11.11.12||7.15 PM|
|A Screaming Man||Nandan III||13.11.12||7.15 PM|
|Coming of Age||Rabindra Sadan||16.11.12||5.15 PM|
|The Trojan Women||Nandan II||16.11.12||3.15 PM|
|Iphigenia||Nandan II||17.11.12||11.15 AM|