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Kolkata: Amidst a cosmic system of stars from Bollywood, Bengali film and outside strands, megastar Shah Rukh Khan Friday initiated the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival at a stuffed to-the-limit Netaji Indoor arena here.

Flanked by days gone by’s top courageous woman Rakhi Gulzar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and ‘thali young lady’ Srabonti Chatterjee, SRK lit the stylized light to wild cheers from the group of spectators.

Germany’s Oscar winning chief Volker Schlondorff, “Sex Lies and Videotape” entertainer Andie MacDowell, Slovak producer Dusan Hanak graced the event, nearby Bollywood auteur Mahesh bhatt, and BCCI President and previous Indian cricket commander Sourav Ganguly.

Additionally in participation was Madhabi Mukherjee – known globally for depicting the title job in Satyajit Ray’s “Charulata”, entertainer MPs Nusrat Jahan, Mimi Chakraborty, Shatabdi Roy and Deb Adhikary other than movie chiefs Goutam Ghosh and Sandip Ray.

The brilliant program started with a montage of history of film, trailed by a short limited time film on Bengal’s film areas made by Parambrata Chatterjee. Nusrat Jahan displayed the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival remembrance trophy to SRK, as the group of spectators intensely applauded.

A bundle of 214 highlights and 152 shorts and documentaries from 76 countries are on offer during the eight-day affair. Satyajit Ray’s kids’ great “Goopy Gayen Bagha Bayen” – commending its 50th year – would be the opening film.

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