Moushumi Chatterjee, Rani Mukerji, Sushmita Sen, Konkona Sen Sharma and Bipasha Basu to be felicitated while Sharmila
Tagore to deliver the Satyajit Ray memorial address at the KIFF
For the first time in its 19-year-old history, the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival will open with an Indian film, Taak Jhaank (Hindi) directed by the late Rituparno Ghosh. The film, also made in Bengali as Sunglass, remained unreleased during his lifetime. This also forms part of the Rituparno Ghosh Retrospective comprising eight films and an exhibition. The valedictory session on the last day will also be held away from the earlier epicenter, the Nandan Complex at the Science City Auditorium on November 17. Five Bengali actresses of Bollywood : Moushumi Chatterjee, Rani Mukerji, Sushmita Sen, Konkona Sen Sharma and Bipasha Basu will be felicitated for their contribution to Indian cinema while Bollywood will be represented by Sharmila Tagore who will deliver the Satyajit Ray memorial address. Madhur Bhandarkar, Shoojit Sarkar and Sujoy Ghosh will take part in a panel discussion.
The present State Government decided to shift the inaugural venue from Nandan to Netaji Indoor Stadium last year. This year guests of honour are Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Haasan. Prosenjit and Mithun Chakraborty will be representing Bengali cinema. The eight-day festival will screen 189 films from 63 countries across 12 venues in the city. Around 20 foreign delegates are expected to arrive led by Israeli film-maker Amos Gitai and Turkish film-maker Reha Erdem who will be taking master classes during the festival.
A Special Screening programme of nine films by Adoor Gopalkrishnan will be part of the festival alongside Asian Cinema competing for the NETPAC award, Student Shorts and Children’s Films. A Golden Jubilee segment of five milestone films that have completed 50 years comprising Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar, Uttam-Suchitra Sen-starrer Saptapadi, Tarun Majumdar’s Palatak, Tapan Sinha’s Nirjan Saikate will be held. Another section forms a microcosm of the history of Indian cinema with films like Celluloid, Guddi, Jalsaghar, Ganga-Jamna, Chalti Ka Naam Gadi, Sara Akash, Howrah Bridge, Khamoshi, Oonche Log, Sujata and Teesri Kasam.
Balraj Sahani receives a centenary tribute. A special canter was flagged off on November 4 from Nandan to promote the festival. It will encourage people to participate in movie-based quizzes and a graffiti board will display people’s opinion on the KIFF. Other add-ons are - Mobile Apps on Google Play Store, QR Code, flashmob and characters from