West Bengal government Sunday felicitated Bollywood actresses Moushumi Chatterjee, Sushmita Sen, Rani Mukherjee, Bipasha Basu and Bengali actress Koel Mullick as curtains came down on the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) at a gala event at the Science City auditorium here.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated the actresses with the ‘Panch-Kanya’ (Five Women) award, a shawl and uttariyas for their contribution to cinema. Mamata exhorted film stars working in Mumbai to do something for Bengal, particularly Tollywood, and promised that her government would do its best to help the industry.
“You do not forget about Bengal because you are basically from this state. We will bring the golden era back to Bengal, be it education, culture, industry...in every field Bengal will bounce back and occupy the place of pride,” Mamata said.
Rani Mukherjee and Sushmita Sen said they were a fans of Mamata.
“Thank you Mamata di. We are a huge admirer of the human courage and the conviction that you have. It is very special to say I am from Bengal and from your state,” former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen said
Stating that Banerjee had transformed Kolkata and West Bengal, actress Rani Mukherjee said, “As a Bengali, I am very proud that she is running Bengal and she is an inspiration to a lot of women. Please keep inspiring us like this.”
“We have seen lot of change for the better. This time I got to see shining Kolkata while coming from the airport,” she said.
Later, the festival authorities handed over a cheque for Rs 4.98 lakh to Mamata, collected from the sale proceeds, as contribution to the CM’s relief fund. Also, a part of the amount was handed over to the Film Workers’ Relief Fund.
During the event, Bangladeshi film ‘Television’ (2012) directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award.
Altogether nine films from south Asian countries were competing for the award. In all 189 films from 63 countries were shown in the festival that started on November 10.