West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday nearly inaugurated the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) and allowed full occupancy of cinema halls in the state with adherence to COVID security protocols.
The inaugural ceremony was additionally nearly attended by Bollywood famous person and West Bengal’s model ambassador Shah Rukh Khan from Mumbai.
Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s traditional Apur Sansar would be the inaugural movie of the competition in which 131 films from 45 international locations can be screened until January 13.
Banerjee, whereas delivering her inaugural tackle from state secretariat Nabanna, requested the cinema corridor homeowners to keep up all security protocols together with common sanitisation of the theatres.
She requested Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay to situation a notification elevating the occupancy restrict of theatres from 50 to 100 per cent.
The occupancy restrict was restricted to make sure bodily distancing contained in the theatres.
Citing lesser revenues for the reason that reopening of theatres in October final yr and no recognized occasion of the unfold of COVID-19 by way of cinema halls, the theatre homeowners had lately written a letter to the chief minister requesting her to permit full occupancy of the institutions.
Banerjee mentioned aside from issuing e-passes for seeing movies in state-run auditoriums in Nandan-Rabindra Sadan and Rabindra Okakura Bhavan, organisers ought to spare some thought for people who find themselves not well-versed with expertise and instructed if some movies might be screened on the open-air theatre in Nandan.
Despite the pandemic scenario, the West Bengal authorities has hosted the 26th KIFF on a smaller scale at a time when many organisers of different movie festivals have cancelled their occasions, she mentioned.
Banerjee paid tributes to legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who died attributable to post-COVID problems final yr, and different luminaries and mentioned a piece can be devoted to their works.
She invited Khan to go to the state throughout Raksha Bandhan and subsequent yr’s KIFF, to which he replied in affirmative.
The actor has been attending the movie competition since 2011 however couldn’t go to Kolkata this yr as a result of pandemic scenario.
Several famend actors had been current in Nandan in the course of the inauguration.