Shah Rukh Khan confesses his love for Andie MacDowell at Kolkata International Film Festival. Watch full speech

Amidst a galaxy of stars from Bollywood, Bengali cinema and foreign strands, actor Shah Rukh Khan on Friday inaugurated the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival at a packed-to-the-capacity Netaji Indoor stadium in Kolkata. Flanked by yesteryear’s top actor Rakhi Gulzar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and ‘thali girl’ Srabonti Chatterjee, SRK lit the ceremonial lamp to wild cheers from the audience.

Germany’s Oscar winning director Volker Schlondorff, Sex Lies and Videotape actor Andie MacDowell, Slovak film maker Dusan Hanak graced the occasion, alongside Bollywood auteur Mahesh Bhatt, and BCCI President and former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly. In his speech, Shah Rukh confessed his love for Andie, saying he has loved her since he was 26.

 

Also in attendance was Madhabi Mukherjee – known internationally for portraying the title role in Satyajit Ray’s Charulata, actor MPs Nusrat Jahan, Mimi Chakraborty, Shatabdi Roy and Deb Adhikary besides film directors Goutam Ghosh and Sandip Ray.

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The colourful programme began with a montage of history of cinema, followed by a short promotional film on Bengal’s film locations made by Parambrata Chatterjee. Nusrat Jahan presented the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival commemoration trophy to SRK, as the audience fervently clapped.

A bouquet of 214 features and 152 shorts and documentaries from 76 nations are on offer during the eight-day gala. Satyajit Ray’s children’s classic Goopy Gayen Bagha Bayen – celebrating its 50th year – would be the opening film.

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