Star-Studded Kolkata International Film Festival 2017 is currently in progress with several top personalities from Bollywood as well as the regional film industries attending the event.
The Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) is an annual film festival held in Kolkata. Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Shah Rukh Khan, Mahesh Bhatt, Kajol, among others made their presence felt at the prestigious event in the city of joy.
- Amitabh Bachchan joked that he was running out of ideas for his inaugural speech (he was chief guest for the fourth time)
- Shah Rukh Khan spoke eight sentences in Bengali to the crowds delight.
- Kamal Haasan spoke briefly on films (without mentioning anything about his political plans)
- Mahesh Bhatt said freedom of speech must be protected.
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Shahrukh Khan, who is West Bengal’s brand ambassador, sought a traditional Bengali ‘dhoti’ for the next edition, promising to be fluent in the regional language.
“I have promised that I will keep on learning Bangla. My Bengali has to get better. This is my new attempt with eight lines. Please bear with me. Let me get this right because by next year I have to do it without reading it off a paper,” said Shah Rukh while officiating as the co-host at the KIFF inaugural.
“Ei film festival er bishesh onusthane uposthith thakte pere sammanito bodh korchi. (I feel honoured to be present at this special event). Sanskriti ebong oitihjjyor ei shohor (Kolkata is the city of culture). Shob cheye Mishti Shohor Kolkata (It is the sweetest city),” said SRK to rousing applause.
SRK steals show with his Bengali speech at KIFF
Not many anticipated this, but the highlight of the opening day of KIFF 2016 was Shah Rukh Khan’s speech in Bengali.
SRK did express his fear of speaking in Bangla in front of the jam packed crowd, “I will get spanked by the end of the evening, hundred percent, by Jaya aunty for sure, because I promised you (Jaya Bachchan) I will speak in Bangla tonight, so I am going to give it a shot.”
SRK’s hilarious accent and affable mannerisms drew a thunderous applause not just from the audience, but also from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Shah Rukh ended his speech by saying, “Ami ageo bolechi, Kolkata amar praner sohor, Kolkata Film Festival amar praner utsob” (I have said this before, Kolkata is the city of my heart and Kolkata Film Festival, the festival of my heart).
The Kolkata International Film Festival started in the year 1995, drawing its inspiration from the masters of Bengali Cinema – Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen.
The KIFF is now organized by the Kolkata Chalachitra Utsav Society, with financial and logistic support from the Government of West Bengal.