The 10th International Film Festival commenced the last Dec 12th in Chennai and happened till December 20th. The valedictory function was held in Woodlands Theatre, Chennai. Hindi actor Amitabh Bachchan participated as special guest in the valedictory function.
‘Thank you all... I thank you all for inviting me to the event’
Then Amitabh Bachchan spoke:-
‘When I was coming to the event in the car, Suhaasini elaborated to me about the event. Also, she mentioned that women are forerunners in the event. There is 50 percent contribution by women in life. When I come across the atrocities carried out against women, I am taken aback.’
‘Tamil cine artistes function with unity. This unity is not to be seen anywhere else. The hard work, discipline and punctuality which are not seen in Mumbai are abundant in Tamil cinema. Only cinema helps in maintaining unity among people.’
‘When we go to the theatre to view movies, we get the ticket by standing in the line. We do not see who is seated besides us. We do not see his caste or religion. We laugh as we see comedy in movies. We are moved to tears when we see tragedy in movies. It is cinema which unites people without consideration of caste or religion.’
‘Once, they looked down upon cine people. People who hold esteemed position in society did not allow their children to go to cinema. In my family, if I desired viewing a movie, my mother used to view the movie first. Only then they would permit me to view the movie. Now, cinema is a culture which is intertwined with life.’
‘All over the world, only in India, many movies are made. In particular, many movies are released in South India. Many talented artistes are in abundance here. Tamil cine artistes work with unity.’
‘In Tamil cinema, I have lot of friends. I have worked with many technicians. There are lots for me to learn from you. Suhaasini should invite me every year for the Film Festival. I am ready to clean the hall in which the festival is held. I would bring the chairs and arrange those on the stage.’
Amitabh Bachchan contributed an amount of Rs 11 lakhs to the 10th International Film Festival held in Chennai. In the contest category, 12 Tamil movies were screened.
In the contest, the first prize was given to ‘Vazhakku En 18/9’. The second prize was given to movie ‘Saattai’. Amitabh Bachchan presented the prize to director Balaji Sakthivel, Lingusamy, M Anbazhagan, Prabu Solomon.
Special juror award was given to ‘Pizza’ and ‘Mauna Guru’.
In the festival, Indu N ram, actor Sivakumar spoke. The event was compeered by actor – director Parthiban and Ramya.