Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan inaugurated the eight-day festival at a glittering function at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in the city in presence of a galaxy of cine personalities and dignitaries of cultural and sports field.
Speaking on the occasion Shahrukh Khan said that, the Kolkata Film Festival is an important benchmark and milestone for the film industry.
Noted film director Mahesh Bhatt referred the contribution of Bengal’s Movies in the national perspective. He said that festival reflects the language of others defying those who tell to speak only on their language.
Board of Control for Cricket in India President Sourav Ganguli said that film festival is a celebration of cinema and filmmakers get an opportunity to showcase their creations in the festival.
Noted actress Rakhi Gulzar also addressed the gathering.
213 feature films and 152 short and documentary films from 76 countries will be screened in 17 venues during the film extravaganza.