Stating that the show should go on despite the epidemic situation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that superstar Shah Rukh Khan will enjoy the virtual opening of the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) on 8 January.
The seven-day ceremony will begin by paying tribute to two superheroes – Autoriot Satyajit Ray, on his birth centenary, and the iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who died in November last year following COVID complications.
Together we will remove this epidemic. But the show must go on. We are moving forward #KIFF 2021 virtually, small scale. Glad my brother @iamsrk The opening ceremony will be attended at 4 pm on 8 January. Watch Kolkata International Film Festival Live
– Mamta Banerjee (@mataofficial) 6 January, 2021
“Together we will overcome this epidemic. But the show must go on. We are moving forward with a smaller scale, #KIFF 2021. Glad that my brother Shahrukh Khan will attend the inauguration ceremony on January 8 at 4 pm. “Mamta Banerjee said on Twitter.
Satyajit Ray’s classic Apur Sansar, which was Soumitra Chatterjee’s first film, will be inaugurated.
A total of 131 films – in feature, short and documentary formats – will be screened in select state-run theaters in the city, including Nandan and Ravindra Sadan.
Other big names of Bollywood along with superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan were guests at the inauguration ceremony for the last few years.