Kolkata: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Friday inaugurated the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival, organized by the West Bengal government.
As per sources, Big B inaugurated the festival by lighting the ceremonial lamp. Apart from Shehanshah of Bollywood, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, superstar Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Kamal Haasan and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt were also present during the lamp-lighting ceremony.
SRK, who is a brand ambassador of West Bengal said, “I have promised that I will keep on learning Bangla. My Bengali has to get better. This is my new attempt with eight lines. Please bear with me. Let me get this right because by next year I have to do it without reading it off a paper,”
“Ei film festival er bishesh onusthane uposthith thakte pere sammanito bodh korchi. (I feel honoured to be present at this special event). Sanskriti ebong oitihjjyor ei shohor (Kolkata is the city of culture). Shob cheye Mishti Shohor Kolkata (It is the sweetest city),” said Shahrukh.
Requesting for a dhoti, Shahrukh said, “Next time I am going to ask my friends to give me a dhoti also… Come and speak in full Bengali… fluent also and be here.”
According to sources, the film festival will screen 143 different films from 53 countries under 16 different categories. Also, 93 foreign language films will be showcased through the festival and 50 from India.