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Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday inaugurated the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, calling it a tribute to the industry which provides employment to millions of people.

“I consider it a honour to be given the privilege to open the festival. Cinema and cricket are like two religions in our country. I congratulate the team behind this film festival, which is a great tribute to the industry which provides employment to approximately 1.4 million people,” he said, wishing that the fest grows bigger in size each year and assuring his government’s continuous support in the coming years.

“This fest has brought filmmakers from across the globe under one roof. I’d like them to come and make their films in the city,” he said.

In 2014, the fest was revived after it hit a financial crunch, thanks to the passion and commitment of a few who made timely contributions.

Talking on the occasion, festival director Anupama Chopra said, “despite fighting all odds to keep the festival afloat, the response was overwhelming last year. It helped us re-energize and reinvent this year. After a year of work, it’s overwhelming for us to have our opening at the iconic Gateway of India.”

Well-known Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai received the International Excellence in Cinema Award, while veteran screenwriters Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar received the same award for the work in Indian cinema.

Accepting his award, Gitai said he was “very moved”.

“I love coming to India. Indian culture has inspired and touched me. If not for my trips here, I wouldn’t have had the privilege of knowing more about Indian film legends such as Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak,” he added.

Two of Gitai’s films “Disengagement” and “Promised Land” will be screened at the festival, which will go on till November 5.

Recalling his initial years with Salim Khan, his writer partner Akhtar said this year is very special for them.

“It’s special because it’s exactly 50 years since I met Salim saab in 1965. We could do some great work because of the immense support we had from people around us, like stars such as Amitabh Bachchan and directors like Ramesh Sippy,” he said.

Salim Khan couldn’t attend the event due to bad health. His son Sohail Khan received the award on his behalf.

The MAMI Tribute to Indian Cinema was awarded to film producer Chetan Anand for the enduring impact he left on Indian Cinema.

The festival’s International Tribute to Cinema was presented to French actor-director Agnes Varda.

Adding glamour to the event were Bollywood stars Hrithik Roshan, Anil Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Radhika Apte and Dia Mirza among many more.

With her cheeky humour, actress Kalki Koechlin played a wonderful host for the evening.

(IANS)

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7 Best Movies Of Bollywood Star Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra, in his short career, has proved himself as a competent and established actor, who can deliver hits in all genres. 

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By Ruchika Verma

  • Sidharth Malhotra is undoubtedly one of the most beloved new generation Bollywood actor
  • He has done few but excellent movies
  • He has proved his mettle as an actor through his amazing performances

Sidharth Malhotra is one of the most famous and beloved new generation actors in the Bollywood. Since his debut, he has had a huge fan following, especially among girls. He also has many good films and brand endorsements to his credit.

Sidharth Malhotra has a huge fan following among youth. wikimedia commons
Sidharth Malhotra has a huge fan following among youth. Wikimedia Commons

This 33 years old actor, is known not only for his charming and macho looks, but also for his intricate acting skills. And he is not only a good actor but also an excellent dancer. Sidharth Malhotra, in his short career, has proved himself as a competent and established actor, who can deliver hits in all genres.

Here is the list of some of the best movies by this young star :

Student Of The Year

This movie marked not only Sidharth Malhotra’s debut, but also the debut of Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. This romantic-comedy became a huge hit among the youth due to its fresh star-cast, appealing storyline and fun songs. All the three newcomers became youth icons after this movie. Siddharth Malhotra especially garnered attention because of his suave personality and excellent acting and dancing skills.

Sidharth Malhotra debuted in Bollywood with 'Student Of the Year' . Wikimedia Commons
Sidharth Malhotra debuted in Bollywood with ‘Student Of the Year.’ Wikimedia Commons

Ek Villain 

This romantic-thriller was Sidharth’s third movie in the Bollywood and he certainly proved his mettle as an actor with this film. He stared along Shraddha Kapoor and Ritesh Deshmukh in this movie, directed by Mohit Suri. His character was an intense one and he played it to perfection, winning acclaim from critics and audience.

Kapoor & Sons 

This one is another big hit of Sidharth Malhotra. The film was a romantic comedy and also starred Rishi Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Fawad Khan. The film got positive reviews from the critics and audience. Sidharth Malhotra, despite having such huge stars as his co-actors, managed to gain attention through his amazing performance. Sidharth’s chemistry with Alia was also very much liked by the audience in this film.

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sdiharth Malhotra has done films of many genres. Wikimedia Common
Sidharth Malhotra has done films of many genres. Wikimedia Common

Brothers

Brothers was a sports drama, which focused on the sport of Mixed Martial arts (MMA). Along with Sidharth Malhotra, the movies also starred Akshay Kumar, Jacqueline Fernandez and Jackie Shroff. It was directed by Karan Malhotra; and although the movie focused mainly on Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra managed to shine through with his excellent performance, winning hearts of the critics and the audience.

Hasee Toh Phasee

This one is another romantic-comedy which stars Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra. This film was appreciated for its well-timed humour and performances. Sidharth, with this movie, proved that he has got the comic timing and skills to prove his competence as a comedy actor. The movie is fun to watch and his chemistry with Parineeti Chopra is also worth an applause.

Sidharth Malhotra has been making waves in Bollywood since his debut. Wikimedia Commons
Sidharth Malhotra has been making waves in Bollywood since his debut. Wikimedia Commons

Baar Baar Dekho

This movie stared Katrina Kaif, along with Sidharth Malhotra. This movie which is loosely based on the concept of time travelling is a nice, entertaining film to watch with the family. Sidharth has done a great job as a confused and passive mathematician in this film. His role is one of the main USPs of the film.

Also read: Top 10 Best Movies of Sonakshi Sinha

Sidharth Malhptra has done both comedies and thrillers and his competence as an actor can't be doubted. Wikimedia Commons
Sidharth Malhotra has done both comedies and thrillers and his competence as an actor can’t be doubted. Wikimedia Commons

Ittefaq

Ittefaq released in 2017 and is most probably Sidhrtha Malhotra’s most intense film. This mystery-thriller, which also stars Sonakshi Sinha is directed by Abhay Chopra. This film became one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2017. The film’s gripping plot will keep you at the edge of your seats at all time. Also, all the actors did an amazing job with their roles for which they were appreciated by both audience and critics.