November 10, 2012
Chief Minister inaugurates 18th KIFF in Kolkata, welcomes cine lovers in the city
The 18th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) 2012 became very special as the Cinema lovers in the city had the opportunity to watch non-other than legendary Mr. Amitabh Bachchan inaugurating the festival. This was another feather in the cap of West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee who had announced that the festival will be inaugurated by the legendary actor. Bengal brand ambassador Mr. Shahrukh Khan, Mr. Mithun Chakraborty, Ms. Anushka Sharma, Ms. Katrina Kaif along with a large number of foreign delegates from the fraternity graced the occasion.
Inside the auditorium three-large screens were placed so that even those sitting at a considerable distance could have a clear view of the programme.
The Trinamool Congress Chairperson shared her experiences of the inauguration ceremony on her Facebook page –
“Today, Kolkata generated a film festival mania to mark the 18th Kolkata International Film Festival. It has been inaugurated by the iconic Amitabh Bachchanji at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. Our Brand Ambassador, Shahrukh Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Katrina, Anushka, Gautam Ghosh and a galaxy of distinguished actors, film makers, directors and cine personalities were present on this momentous occasion.
The presence of all of them has added a distinctive aura to today`s programme. I am proud of Hollywood, Bollywood and Tollywood. On this occasion, I extend my best wishes to the entire film industry, here and abroad.
The Kolkata International Film Festival is the second oldest film festival in India. This year, we have received recognition of the FIAFP (International Federation of Film Producers Association), Paris.
Bengal Film Industry is producing very good films. Bengal has always been a hub for cine enthusiasts and some of the legendary and illustrious names in the world of cinema are from this soil. I believe, within a short time, Bengal will be a leading destination of the global film industry.
Over 8 days, from 10th to 17th November, 2012, the 18th Kolkata International Film Festival will showcase 189 films from 60 countries in 12 venues across the city. A large number of delegates from the country and abroad have come to participate in this festival. I wish all of you and the delegates an exciting week ahead.”