West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that the state will unofficially raise the demand for ‘Bharat Ratna’ for actor Amitabh Bachchan as there is no other icon like him in the country. “Although not official, but from Bengal, we will make this demand to honor Amitabh Bacchan with Bharat Ratna award for his contribution to Indian cinema during such a long time. As a human being, he is also great,” said Mamata Banerjee at the opening ceremony of the 28th Kolkata International Film Festival.
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“Amitabh Bachchan has come and said at length what none of us can say,” Mamata Banerjee said after Amitabh Bachchan raised the issue of freedom of speech in cinemas.
“Even now, and I’m sure my colleagues on stage would agree that questions are being raised about civil liberties and freedom of expression,” said Amitabh Bachchan.
In Bengali, Amitabh Bachchan said it hurt him that the film festival was not held due to the pandemic. “Kolkata is my home. I will always be Kolkata’s son-in-law,” said Amitabh Bachchan in Bengali.
“The festival has always celebrated the inclusive spirit… I salute you Kolkata for giving me my first job, for giving Jaya her first film,” said Amitabh Bachchan. “The pandemic has indeed been relentless,” said Amitabh Bachchan, explaining how it also changed how the film industry functions. “Film industries around the world have always propagated courage and faced challenges. Man has always been a social animal and the need to belong to a community and participate in a group activity is a primal human need,” said Amitabh Bachchan on the evolution of cinema. Amitabh Bachchan talked about the journey of Indian films through British oppression and talked about film censorship.