Tonight all roads will lead to the inaugural ceremony of the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) at the Netaji Indore Stadium. And why not? Besides KIFF favourites — Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan — this year Sourav Ganguly too is expected to attend the inauguration ceremony and be present on the dais.Director Raj Chakraborty, the chairperson of KIFF, told CT that invitation has been extended to Sourav. “We want Dada to attend the inaugural ceremony. Cinema is for all and we want each and every person to be a part of this celebration. That’s why invitations have been sent to everyone. Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar, Shah Rukh Khan, Mahesh Bhatt and Kumar Shahni will be present at the inauguration. I have personally invited Bumbada (Prosenjit Chatterjee) and really want him to attend the ceremony,” Raj said.
Has actor Rudranil Ghosh been invited as well? “Yes, of course,” Raj said. Rudranil, on his part, told CT, “I will definitely attend the inauguration.”
Meanwhile, the Gangulys are happy that they’ve been extended this invitation. “I’m extremely happy that Didi extended this invitation to Sourav. He’s also keen to be present on the occasion. Films are an important part of our lives. Whether it’s the ones with messages or the ones that purely entertain, we love watching cinema. In fact, we as a family, celebrate most of our emotions and occasions by watching a film,” said Sourav’s wife, danseuse Dona Ganguly.
Dona is also looking forward to seeing Sourav share his experience with the audience along with Mr Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. “Sourav is usually a good orator and I like his speeches,” said Dona, who will be performing at the closing ceremony along with her troupe. “We performed there last year too. This year, they wanted a semi-classical performance. So, we are working on the coordination and attires for the different Odissi items. We will try to perform to the best of our abilities for the winners of the festival at the closing ceremony. Our troupe, which has young girls and women aged between 12 and 45 years, is very excited to be a part of this prestigious function,” she said, adding, “We will perform to Bakhratunda (Ganesh Vandana), Albela Sajan — a Hindi classical song of Rajasthan-Gujrat dialect, Odissi Pallavi — Yugmadanda (raag-Bageshree, taal-Ektaali), Aigiri Nandini — the Mahishashur Mardini Stotram, Nabo Durga — a small piece depicting the nine avatars of Maa Durga. Our last and final performance is on Vande Mataram, sung with a south Indian flavour, worshipping our nation for its versatility and rich cultural heritage, which we are trying to preserve through our dances.”
Source: Times of India