Kolkata Film Festival-A Major Event for Cinelovers & FansBeing the second oldest international film festival in India, Kolkata International Film Festival attracts lot of attention. The festival is organized by the West Bengal Film Centre under the West Bengal Government. The 19th Annual Kolkata Film Festival held between 10 to 17 November 2013 witnessed galaxy of stars. The show was organized with pomp and fair and attracted cine lovers & fans from across regional and national barriers.The 19th KIFF,was inaugurated by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan on November 10 in the presence of Mamata Banerjee , the current Chief Minister of West Bengal. The presence of Shah Rukh Khan and prolific actor Kamal Hassan further enhanced the mood of the event .
Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) is the 2nd oldest such event in the country. Its journey began from 1995 and since then it has been wooing cinelovers in the city with dazzling movie gems from across the globe. A city that gave the country and the world at large, such cinematic geniuses as Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, and Mrinal Sen was a natural choice to host this prestigious international event. Nandan where the first ever Kolkata Film Festival was inaugurated remains the focal point of activities every year when the who's who of world cinema visits the city.
A Glance to 19th Annual Kolkata Film Festival
The star-studded inaugurations occurred on November 10 at Netaji Indoor Stadium with stalwarts from Bombay film industry gracing the podium with their presence. Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kamal Hasan, and Mithun Chakroborty were there for lighting of ceremonial lamp that kicked off the proceedings. This year the festival honored the recently deceased talented Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh. Besides the premier of his film, ‘Sunglass’ screening of eight other movies directed by him was screened. This included, ‘Unishe April’, ‘The Last Lear’, ‘Chitrangada’, and many others.
Manna Dey, the legendary singer also passed away recently and to show respect, KIFF decided to incorporate lyrics from his cult hit as the theme song for the festival. South East Asian movies were in the spotlight this year. Film entries from Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Thailand, and Mayanmar participated for winning the NETPAC Award. Beside this, famous works from the well-known Malyali director Adoor Gopalkrishnan was screened and special tributes were paid to Burt Lancaster, Billy Wilder, and Nagisha Oshima, the noted Japanese filmmaker.
Some of the directors whose films were showcased during the eight day-long festival included Wangxiao Shuai from China, Tsai Ming Liang from Taiwan, and Sacha Polak from Netherlands. The latest edition of the International Film Festival in Kolkata went digital via a mobile app which gave those interested detailed news regarding screening of films across the 13 chosen venues. Over 3000+ delegates from across the globe and Twenty-Four international guests attended the event.
On the last day of the Festival, five talented women actors from Bengal were felicitated with Paanch Kanya Award.It included such names as Rani Mukherjee, Moushumi Chatterjee, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bipasha Basu, and Sushmita Sen. Besides this, some doyens of Bengali Film Industry were also shown respect on this world cinema stage. Overall, the 19th KIFF lived up to its reputation and the event marked the Golden Jubilee Year for Bengali Cinema as a whole, which made the proceedings all the more special.