- Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the event
- "The joy of being among dear colleagues and friends," Big B tweeted
- SRK shared a picture of himself with Mamata Banerjee
T 2707 - Inaugurating KIFF, the International Film Festival in Kolkata .. and the joy of being among dear colleagues and friends .. and the love of the people of Kolkata .. thank you all pic.twitter.com/GKr6F4Q75v— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 10, 2017
Shah Rukh Khan too delighted his social media followers with a picture of himself with CM Mamata Banerjee and wrote, "Too much fun and love at KIFF 2017. Love my Kolkata & as always the warmth of #mamatabanerjee ...U r the sweetest."
SRK, who has been attending the film festival since the past couple of years, quipped that he that his 'Bengali needs to improve in the next edition,' reports news agency PTI. "Now, I am attempting eight lines in Bengali, please bear with me. I am honoured to be present at this special event of the film festival)," SRK told the crowd gathered at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.
Meanwhile, here are some pictures from Kajol, Kamal Haasan and Mahesh Bhatt's KIFF diaries.
Selfie time with two legends ..... couldn't resist pic.twitter.com/DaNmcckHe8— Kajol (@KajolAtUN) November 10, 2017
Kolkata film festival. Here we go! pic.twitter.com/mZD03b4hyZ— Kajol (@KajolAtUN) November 10, 2017
A story teller must be a story buster! At the gala opening of 23 rd Kolkata International Film Festival. pic.twitter.com/kn6KopZCzy— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) November 10, 2017
Stories can bring us together or drive us apart ! At the gala opening of 23 rd Kolkata International Film Frstival! pic.twitter.com/y9h9GWRTpj— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) November 10, 2017
Thank you Mamataji for inviting me again and again and honouring the best of my cinema family. I feel pride to part of this family. A great example of unity &diversity. Bon voyage for your London Trip. pic.twitter.com/meLYbZ0w8I— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) November 10, 2017
KIFF is the second oldest film festival in the country. Mostafa Taqizadeh's Iranian film Yellow was screened after the inauguration ceremony. It will also pay homage to veterans like Om Puri, Tom Alter and Ramananda Sengupta.