6:10 AM IST - Saturday March 28, 2015

Mamata Banerjee plans to honor Hollywood directors

Kolkata, Nov 17 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said her government plans to felicitate renowned directors and actors of Hollywood and Bollywood in the 2012 Kolkata Film Festival.

“From next year we will felicitate and award the famous directors, actors and even good technicians of Hollywood, Bollywood and Tollywood,” she said while addressing the closing ceremony of the 17th Kolkata Film Festival.

Balancing glamour and tradition, the festival started Nov 10 with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and actress Sharmila Tagore inaugurating the eight-day event by lighting the ceremonial lamp.

Around 150 movies, offering a heady mix of socio-communicational themes and popular entertainment from 50 countries, were screened at the festival spread across 11 venues.

For the first time the inaugural programme was organised at Netaji Indoor Stadium.

The closing ceremony was attended by veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, whose absence at the inaugural had raised several eyebrows as he is considered close to the Left.


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