Amitabh Bachchan to inaugurate KIFF
Australia would be the focus country of the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival, slated to be inaugurated by Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan in the presence of a galaxy of superstars of Indian cinema including Shah Rukh Khan on November 10, the organisers announced on Saturday. A carousal of 171 feature films, 150 shorts and documentaries from 70 countries would be on show at 16 auditoria in the city and Howrah with the 1967 Bengali classic Antony Firingee being the inaugural movie of the eight-day festival. Besides Bachchan, Iranian director Majid Majidi, and Australian directors Simon Baker, Jill Bilcock and Philip Noyce would grace the opening ceremony, to be presided over by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. Actors Sanjay Dutt, Jaya Bachchan, Wahida Rehman, Nandita Das would also be present at the opening ceremony, said state youth and sports minister and KIFF chief advisor Aroop Biswas. The best film would be given an award of ₹51 lakh, and the best director ₹21 lakh, with both receiving a golden trophy christened “Royal Bengal Tiger”. 26 films from Australia, four popular works of Majidi will also be screened.