The annual Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) is set to kickstart from January 8 which will last for 1 entire week before concluding on January 15. This year will mark the 26th edition of the annual film festival which is considered to be an absolute feast for moviegoers and cinephiles.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Wednesday that this year’s festival is held in ‘Virtual Mode’ following the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The TMC leader invited everyone for the festival in her press conference noting that the Kolkata International Film Festival is “truly international and biggest in India,” and termed it as a festival “for everybody”.
In the last few years, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachhan and Shah Rukh Khan were among the many special guests at this inaugural ceremony. This year, however, King Khan will reportedly be the prime guest at the virtual inauguration of the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) on January 8.
“Together we will overcome this pandemic. But the show must go on. We are going ahead with #KIFF 2021 virtually, on a smaller scale. Glad that my brother @iamsrk will join us virtually at the inaugural event on Jan 8, 4 pm. Watch Kolkata International Film Festival live” Mamata Banerjee tweeted on Wednesday.
However, this year, the festival will be celebrated on a small scale. Iconic director Satyajit Ray’s timeless gem of a movie ‘Apur Sansar’ will be screened at the inauguration of the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). A special tribute is planned to be paid to the late actor Soumitra Chatterjee. A total of 131 films including in feature, short and documentary formats will be screened at selected state-run theatres of Kolkata which includes Nandan and Rabindra Sadan.
Special tributes will be given to Amala Shankar, Basu Chatterjee, Fernando Solanas, Irfan Khan, Kim Ki Duk, Rishi Kapoor, Tapas Pal. This year’s topic for the annual Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture is ‘Social Responsibility in mainstream Indian cinema’ which will be delivered by Director Anubhav Sinha.
Interested individuals can go the official website of the festival, www.kiff.in and register for the passes.