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MAMI 2019 Opening Ceremony Highlights: A star studded red carpet

MAMI is one of the most popular Indian film festivals that showcases the best of Indian and world cinema. The Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star lasts from October 17-24.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai | Updated: October 17, 2019 9:51:19 pm
mami opening ceremony MAMI 2019 Opening Ceremony: The prestigious festival opens today in Mumbai. (Photo: Varinder Chawla)

The Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star begins on October 17 with a red carpet event. The opening ceremony is being held at Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir (Sheila Gopal Raheja Auditorium), Bandra West, Mumbai.

The red carpet will be attended by many stars including Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Karan Johar, Riteish Deshmukh, Vishal Bhardwaj, Deepti Naval, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tillotama Shome, Tisca Chopra, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Manish Malhotra, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Ramesh Sippy, along with Festival Director, MAMI – Anupama Chopra and Artistic Director, MAMI – Smriti Kiran among others.

Also Read | Everything you need to know about MAMI 2019

The screenings will begin on October 18 and films will be showcased across eight venues in the city – PVR Icon – Infinity Mall, PVR ECX – City Mall, PVR Juhu, Le Reve Cinemas – Bandra, PVR Phoenix Marketcity – Kurla, Regal Cinema – Colaba, PVR Icon Phoenix – Lower Parel, Matterden Carnival Cinemas – Lower Parel.

MAMI is one of the most popular Indian film festivals that showcases the best of Indian and world cinema. Apart from film screenings, delegates can attend the sessions with film personalities where they discuss cinema.

The Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star closes on October 24.

Live Blog

Follow all the updates from the opening ceremony of MAMI 2019.


    21:35 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    MAMI opening ceremony concludes

    MAMI 2019's opening ceremony has come to an end. The festival will go on for a week.

    21:23 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Deepti Naval gets emotional

    Deepti Naval, who won excellence in cinema award at MAMI 2019, said "I am actually very nervous. I always used to think, 'How does it feel to walk on the stage and get an award?' Now I know. It feels like this."

    21:20 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Deepti Naval received excellence in cinema award

    Actor Deepti Naval was honoured at the MAMI 2019. She received the excellence in cinema award by Deepika Padukone and Vishal Bhardwaj.

    21:10 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Deepika Padukone on becoming MAMI Chairperson

    Deepika Padukone, while addressing the audience at the opening ceremony of MAMI 2019, shared why she became the chairperson of the film festival. "Many of you are probably wondering why I am here and that the role of a chairperson is for someone older and wiser. Many others believe that I am too young, too mainstream, too tall and now look what I am wearing!' (referring to her gown). But I am here for two reasons - to learn and to give back to the community, which has given me so much," the actor said.

    21:01 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Cinema has power to make us less lonely: Deepika Padukone

    "Cinema has the power to make us less lonely. In the age of digital streaming and social media that is slowly but surely isolating us, Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) binds us without boundaries, inhibitions and most importantly without fear. As an artiste, who truly believes in the power of cinema, I say we need this more than ever before," Deepika Padukone, Chairperson of MAMI, said at the opening ceremony of the film festival.

    20:55 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Taapsee Pannu at MAMI 2019
    20:38 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Soha Ali Khan turns host

    The opening ceremony is being hosted by actor Soha Ali Khan.

    20:33 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Karan Johar at MAMI 2019
    20:29 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Taapsee Pannu is here

    Saand ki Aankh actor Taapsee Pannu has arrived for MAMI opening ceremony. 

    20:21 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Karan Johar is here

    Karan Johar and Kiran Rao are here at MAMI opening ceremony.

    20:20 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Team Moothon is here

    The team of MAMI's opening film, Moothon, is here. Present here are the film's director Geetu Mohandas, actors Nivin Pauly, Shashank Arora and Roshan Mathew.

    20:19 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Deepika Padukone posed for photographers

    (Photo: Varinder Chawla)

    20:18 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Konkona Sensharma has arrived for the opening ceremony

    (Photo: Varinder Chawla)

    20:12 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Kabir Khan is here

    Director Kabir Khan has just arrived for the opening ceremony.

    20:10 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Deepika Padukone smiles for the cameras at MAMI
    20:04 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Deepti Naval is here

    Veteran actor Deepti Naval, who is set to receive the award for excellence in cinema tonight, has arrived for the film festival.

    19:55 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Deepika Padukone arrives for MAMI

    Deepika Padukone has arrived for MAMI 2019.

    19:51 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Konkona, Kalki and others arrive at MAMI

    Actors Konkona Sensharma, Tilotama Shome, Kalki Koechlin and filmmaker Neeraj Ghaywan have arrived at the MAMI red carpet.

    19:46 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Deepika Padukone will soon arrive at MAMI 2019

    Deepika Padukone shared this photo on her social media with the caption "Hello!💕#jiomamimumbaifilmfestival"

    (Photo: Deepika Padukone/Instagram)

    19:31 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    Festival director Anupama Chopra arrives for MAMI 2019

    (Photo: @MumbaiFilmFest/Twitter)

    19:17 (IST)17 Oct 2019
    The opening ceremony is about to begin

    Earlier, at the Jio MAMI Movie Mela with Star 2019, Alia Bhatt sat down for a conversation with Karan Johar. She spoke about the failure of Kalank and said, "Strangely, I was really okay the day it happened. I had seen the film a day before and I knew in my head what was going to happen. Though I didn’t think it will be going to be hit by a truck. Later on, when I thought about it, what really broke my heart was that I always in my head had this idea that if you work really hard, it’ll always pay-off. But it didn’t. That felt scary."

    She added that it was Ranbir Kapoor who offered her valubale advice after Kalank's failure. "He said, you put in the hardwork, it doesn’t have to pay-off immediately. It’ll pay off in your life, someday. That’s what it means to be a hardworking actor or a person. Someday the goodness will come to you in another film. My job is to put in the hardwork. I believed in the film, it didn’t pan out the way we wanted to, I felt bad about it for a few days but I had to focus on my next." Alia shared.