Amitabh Bachchan inaugurates Kolkata Film Festival

Kolkata International Film Festival commences with Amitabh Bachchan along with wife, Jaya Bachchan who were invited for the 22nd edition to the event on Friday. China will be the focus country in this annual film festival

Amitabh Bachchan along with wife, Jaya Bachchan was invited for the inaugural ceremony by Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee on Thursday. Also, brand ambassador of Kolkata Shah Rukh Khan was seen along with Sanjay Dutt, Kajol and Parineeti Chopra who were also invited to the inaugural ceremony.


Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) was started in 1995 where the culmination of a film society movement drew its inspiration from the masters of Bengali Cinema - Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen. KIFF is organized by the Kolkata Chalachitra Utsav Society, with support from the Government of West Bengal.

Amitabh Bachchan spoke on the major issue of sexual violence and sexual consent that has been largely ignored by the Indian film industry and questioned the absence of an independent word to denote female heroism. Amitabh Bachchan, who was recently seen in the well-acclaimed film, Pink which features three young women who are implicated in a crime and how a retired lawyer played by Amitabh Bachchan , stepped forward and helps those in distress to clear their name. As per sources, films like Udta Punjab and Parched  dealt with sexual violence, Big B said "Pink" provokes audiences to question whether education has changed the way women are treated in urban India or not. 

Kolkata International Film Festival’s 22nd edition began on 11th of November, Friday. China will be seen as the main focus country for this extraordinary film festival conducted by the State Government. The event was started with the Bengali film for the first time. Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy’s film, “The Song of Life” commenced the 8-day long event. According to sources, 156 films from 65 countries will be screened at 13 venues in the city. This year the film festival association has added a new competitive Award for Innovations in Moving Images will be awarded to encourage new ideas and new concepts for a change in the realm of cinema.