Kolkata International Film Festival begins Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Sourav Ganguly, Arijit Singh and many other celebrities were present. At the meeting, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee raised the demand that the cinema icon, Amitabh Bachchan Will be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, for his contribution to Indian and world cinema. Big B also took the stage at the event and delivered a speech, in which he spoke on a wide range of topics.
Mamata Banerjee asks Bharat Ratna for Amitabh Bachchan
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee spoke at the inauguration of the 28th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata. During his speech, the chief minister demanded that megastar Amitabh Bachchan be honored with the Bharat Ratna for his immense contribution to Indian and world cinema.
Amitabh Bachchan speaking at KIFF
Tracing the history of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan, who announced the launch of the 28th edition of KIFF, slammed the current brand of historical films steeped in utopian nationalism. The eighty-year-old superstar of Indian cinema said, “From the earliest times to mythological films and socialist cinema to the advent of the Angry Young Man to the advent of the present brand of historical films, moral policing as well as imaginary jingoism underwent many changes.” Huh.” Told.
He added, “the series made viewers reflect on the politics and social concerns of the time”. The actor also pointed out that “civil liberties and freedoms are still being questioned” by Indian cinema.
At KIFF, an exhibition on the life and works of the 80-year-old legendary actor will be screened during the film festival, with the opening film being Abhiman.
(With PTI inputs)