Kolkata International Film Festival To Be Held Virtually From Today, Shah Rukh Khan To Inaugurate

The 26th Kolkata International Film Festival will be held virtually from 8 January 2021. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is set to inaugurate it.

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January 8, 2021

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The 26th Kolkata International Film Festival is all set to be launched virtually by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the film festival will be taking place virtually this year. The CM had recently tweeted about the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival and shared the news with everyone. Shah Rukh Khan will be virtually inaugurating the film festival this year. For all the people who are wondering about the Kolkata International Film Festival, here is everything you need to know about it.

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Mamata Banerjee took to her official Twitter handle and shared that the show must go on even during the pandemic and mentioned that together we all will overcome this. She also shared that the event will be held virtually and on a smaller scale. Shah Rukh Khan will be joining virtually to inaugurate the event today on 8 January 2021 at 4 PM. Here is a look at Mamata Banerjee’s Tweet.

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The 26th Kolkata International Film Festival will go on for 7 days and will start from Today, i.e. Friday 8 January 2021. For the inauguration, Soumitra Chatterjee’s film Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) will be screened. The seven-day festival will observe the tribute to two great icons in the Bengal film industry; Satyajit Ray’s birth centenary and Bengali Actor Soumitra Chatterjee who passed away last year in November. It is the third film in legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s internationally acclaimed Apu Trilogy. Soumitra Chatterjee had made his debut with this film in the industry. Satyajit Ray is considered one of the greatest Indian filmmakers.  Soumitra Chatterjee was one of the most celebrated actors in Bengal, and will remembered for his unmatched contribution to cinema forever.

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The Kolkata International Film Festival has been inaugurated with various big names like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan in the past. A total of 131 films will be screened in this year’s Kolkata International Film Festival. Various documentaries, feature films and short films will be shown at the festival. KIFF is usually held in November every year but this year it had to be postponed because of COVID-19 pandemic.

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