Get details about the International Film Festival in Kolkata, featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan

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Amitabh Bachchan lit the ceremonial lamp on Thursday to start the 28th edition of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). The Cultural Affairs Department of the government of West Bengal is in charge of putting on the film festival, which will cost Rs 15.75 crore to put on in 2022. This is more money than has ever been spent on this annual event.

28th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) Inauguration

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West Bengal Governor C V Ananda Bose, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Big B’s actress wife Jaya Bachchan, superstar Shah Rukh Khan, former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, director Mahesh Bhatt, and veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha, among others, were at Netaji Indoor Stadium for the event.

The 1973 Hindi movie “Abhimaan,” which was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and stars Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, will open this year’s film festival.

Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, gives Shah Rukh Khan a KIFF gift. The famous filmmaker Tarun Majumdar, veteran actor Pradip Mukherjee, classical musician Shivkumar Sharma, and American actor Angela Lansbury were honored in a special way at the 28th KIFF. Alain Resnais, an Italian film director and screenwriter, Pier Paolo Pasolini, a Greek actor and director named Michael Cacoyannis, the famous actor Dilip Kumar, film directors Asit Sen, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, K. Asif, and Ali Akbar Khan, a Bengali Hindustani classical musician honored on their 100th birthdays.

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At the event, dancer Dona Ganguly puts on a captivating Odissi show. Seven movies, such as “Koni” by Soumitra Chatterjee, “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story,” and “83,” will be shown to celebrate youth and spirit in society and promote sports.

Mamata Banerjee, the leader of the state of West Bengal, gives Jaya Bachchan a warm welcome.

International Film Festival in Kolkata: Venue  

  • Nandan I
  • Nandan II
  • Nandan III
  • Rabindra Sadan
  • Sisir Mancha
  • Paschim Banga Bangla Akademi
  • Sabhaghar (for Talk Show Masterclass)
  • Radha Studio
  • Rabindra Okakura
  • Bhavan
  • Nazrul Tirtha I Nazrul Tirtha II

International Film Festival in Kolkata: Major events  

  • Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture
  • Exhibition  
  • Cine ADDA
  • Talk SHOW  
  • Masterclass

The state-sponsored festival, which runs until December 22, will screen 183 films from 42 countries across 10 venues.

28th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) Online

Get your tickets via BookMyShow and enjoy World Cinema from 70 countries across three venues in the City of Joy! Full movie schedule available on : for the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival.

International Film Festival in Kolkata: History  

When it began in 1995, the Kolkata International Film Festival took its cues from Bengali film legends like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, and many others who have made important contributions to world cinema. Because of this, the festival has received international praise from the start, but it was mostly limited to the more educated and sophisticated crowd.

Only in 2011, when the Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, was in charge, did this grand event open its doors to the general public. Since then, the KIFF has never failed to reach the common man, touching the hearts of thousands of movie fans who wait every year to get lost in the celebration of world cinema.

KIFF is one of the most important events put on by the State Government. Not only does it appeal to movie fans in Kolkata, but it also draws in people who love good international movies. Every year, KIFF gets bigger, better, and more popular in terms of its range, size, and a number of events. The 28th KIFF looks like it will be even more beautiful and true to its style than the 27th one.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee talks with Arijit Singh, a singer, and Raj Chakroborty, a former director who is now a politician. The event was hosted by actor June Malia (in the background).

On December 22, the closing ceremony of the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival will be held at Rabindra Sadan.

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