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11-09-2012, 10:08 PM #1
Classics, world cinema and glamour at Kolkata film festFrom a bouquet of vintage classics to a collage of international films and a dose of glamour, the 18th edition of Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) promises all that and more when it will be inaugurated Saturday by Bollywood "Shahenshah" Amitabh Bachchan and "Baadshah" Shah Rukh Khan.
Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma will also be there at the opening ceremony.
Confirming Katrina's participation at the gala inaugural ceremony, KIFF director Yadab Mondal said: "Katrina was supposed to be the surprise package for the event. Yes, she is coming."
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee brought the hitherto 'elitist' festival closer to masses last year by bringing the inaugural ceremony to Netaji Indoor Stadium. And this year too, the opening promises to be a glitzy event with the who's who from the world of cinema, art, culture and politics coming together.
Iranian director Asghar Farhidi's "Nader and Simin: A separation" would be the opening movie of the fest. It is the first Iranian movie to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and focuses on an Iranian middle-class couple who separate, and the conflicts that arise when the husband hires a lower-class caretaker for his elderly father, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
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