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Sunday , November 10 , 2013
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Inaugural Sunday promises to be a blockbuster of an evening with Amitabh Bachchan and wife Jaya, Shah Rukh Khan, Kamal Haasan, Prosenjit and Mithun Chakraborty sharing the stage at Netaji Indoor Stadium. June and Jisshu as emcees will keep the audience engaged with their wit and trivia. Actress Subhasree will be the thali girl while Dev and Koel Mallick will felicitate the Big B, followed by other Tolly couples who will take turns to felicitate each special guest. The evening begins at 5pm with a dance performance by Sukalyann D Entourage celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema. Watch out for Chinese lion dancers and a child acrobat jazzing up the decade-by-decade journey down memory lane.


The stars at the inauguration will be gifted sherwanis designed by Sharbari Datta. For Big B, she has designed a milk-white sherwani with silver and white threadwork; for SRK a wheatish one with black and gold work; for Mithun an off-white sherwani with black and zari work; for Kamal Haasan an angrakha with white and gold work and for Prosenjit a navy blue sherwani with Southeast Asian designs. “I’m really happy I got this opportunity to dress these superstars together, and that too on su

Taak Jhaank

ch a prestigious platform,” Datta said.


Taak Jhaank by Rituparno Ghosh will be the inaugural film, followed by a special tribute featuring eight of his films

• Centenary tribute to Vivien Leigh with Gone with the Wind

• Seven of American director Billy Wilder’s classics like Sunset Boulevard, Ace in the Hole, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

• Homage to Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima

• Retrospective of Adoor Gopalakrishnan starting with Kodiyettam from the 70s right down to Oru Pennum Randaanum (2008)

• Films by up and coming directors Garin Nugroho from Indonesia and Reha Erdem from Turkey

• Asian selection for the NETPAC awards — Wajma, The Telegram, Arrows of the Thunder Dragon, Acrid, Television and more

• Films that premiered at Cannes this year such as The Past by Azgar Farhadi, Blue is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche, Young & Beautiful by Francois Ozon, A Touch of Sin by Jia Zhang-Ke, Bastards by Claire Danes and The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino

• A new section titled Shades of Black & White that focusses on contemporary films that have gone the B&W way. Must-watches include Blancanieves by Pablo Berger and Artist & Model by Fernando Trueba

• Children’s films, student shorts, films celebrating 50 years and 100 years of Indian cinema

Young & Beautiful by Francois Ozon is the closing film


Amos Gitai, filmmaker from Israel

Reha Erdem, filmmaker from Turkey

Adoor Gopalakrishnan, National Award-winning Malayali filmmaker

Sharmila Tagore, actress

Madhur Bhandarkar, Sujoy Ghosh and Shoojit Sircar, Bollywood directors


Nandan I, II, III (for delegates and guests) • Sisir Mancha (for delegates and guests) • Rabindra SadanInox City CentreNavinaUttam ManchaRoxy Star theatreMitraEZCC


• Visit the festival’s official website at for all the lowdown on what to watch, where and when

• Like the Facebook page, Kolkata International Film Festival

• Follow @kiffofficial on Twitter for the latest updates

• Look up the schedule, download wallpapers and watch trailers using the mobile app on Google Play Store

• Listen to the official theme song on Soundcloud

MOVIES on the move

• If you can tell your tale in 60 seconds or capture favourite moments from the festival, participate in the short film contest or Through Your Lens photography contest. The best films and the best photographs will be featured on the KIFF Facebook page and get awarded a certificate at the closing ceremony

Para screening of movies on mobile vans with LED screens and sound systems. Some of the lucky neighbourhoods are Chakraberia (November 11), near Tridhara Sammilani (November 12), Salt Lake AA Block (November 13), Chaltabagan (November 14) and Bagbazar (November 15)

• Catch the canter as it trails the city with trivia to share, quizzes to conduct and mugs and tees with funky film slogans to win

Bipasha Basu

• Be there at Nandan III on November 11 for a masterclass by Amos Gitai

• Listen to the Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture by Sharmila Tagore on November 14 at Nandan 1

• Catch Madhur Bhandarkar, Sujoy Ghosh and Shoojit Sircar talk cinema on November 14 at Hiralal Sen Mancha


For the closing ceremony on November 17, the venue moves to the Science City auditorium. The chief minister will also host a tea at Science City. Sukalyann D Entourage will pay tribute to Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Tapan Sinha and Salil Chowdhury with a musical titled Biswa Bangla. Five actresses who have done Bengal proud — Sushmita Sen, Bipasha Basu, Mousumi Chatterjee, Konkona Sensharma and Rani Mukerji — will be felicitated.

Text by Mohua Das and Smita Roy Chowdhury