Iconic film writers Salim-Javed will be honoured at the 17th Mumbai Film Festival this year. The legendary duo will be honoured under the category ‘Excellence in Cinema (India) for their outstanding work and contribution to Indian cinema. The duo will be present to receive the award on October 29, the day when the festival begins.
In the international category for Excellence in Cinema, the festival will be honouring Israeli filmmaker, Amos Gitai whose latest film, Rabin, The Last Day received rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival.
The 17th Mumbai Film Festival has also received ample support from the Hindi film fraternity owing to the active participation of Aamir Khan’s wife Kiran Rao who is the new Chairperson of MAMI and Anupama Chopra who is a board member.
Lauding their efforts, producer Siddharth Roy Kapur said, “Anupama and Kiran saved the festival for us and only a female heart could have done this. They are like Jhansi Ki Rani.”
Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee, who is also lending his support to the festival, emphasised on the festival’s emphasis on Indian films this year.
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“Mumbai needs a festival like MAMI because these are our cultural icons. This time MAMI will focus on India and Indian stories. We will be celebrating local Indian film industry and giving them a sense pride. We will screen films that have not yet been released in India. When you see these films, you will get to see the real India. You need not go anywhere else to see India,” said Dibakar.
The other major attractions at MAMI will be the tribute planned for legendary filmmaker Chetan Anand and a masterclass to be conducted by the irresistible Rishi Kapoor.