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Kolkata film fest takes off on starry note

As Big B, Jaya, Haasan, Mithun and Shah Rukh lit the ceremonial lamp along with  veterans from Bengali cinema, including actor and guest of honour Prosenjit Chatterjee, Banerjee announced a new medical insurance scheme for the benefit of artistes and technicians.

As Banerjee spoke, she rued the passing away of two of Bengali cinema’s greats, Rituparno Ghosh and Manna Dey. ‘We are screening Rituparno’s unreleased film Tak Jhaank today. We are also screening seven Bengali classics, which are in their golden jubilee year. We are also building two new studios to encourage the talented brigade of young Bengali directors’, said Banerjee.

Seen in the star-studded audience were actors Konkona Sen Sharma, singer Usha Uthup, actor-filmmaker Aparna Sen and former Indian football captain PK Banerjee. Actors from Bengal like Dev and Koel Mallick felicitated Big B with an ‘uttariya’ (scarf) and a metal-cast memento.

Jaya, whom Banerjee addressed as ‘Dhanyi meye’ was seen chatting with Banerjee who also exchanged words with Shah Rukh, Bengal’s brandambassador.

Gracing the occasion were noted Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai, Turkish director Reha Erdem and other international delegates. As the 19th KIFF will highlight south-east Asian cinema this year, the majority of delegates were from the region. Distinguished guests, including filmmaker Sandip Ray, actress Sabitri Chatterjee and Supriya Devi, Dipankar Dey and music director Dwijen Mukherjee were also present.

Driving some nostalgia into the evening was creative dancer Sukalyann Bhattacharya with his entourage relaying the evolution of a century of Indian cinema through the 10-minute opening act ‘Down Memory Lane’.
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