World-renowned filmmakers, talent and Bollywood stars walked the red carpet to celebrate the city’s very own film festival.
Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star kicked off its 18th edition with a grand ceremony at the iconic Royal Opera House as world-renowned filmmakers, talent and Bollywood stars walked the red carpet to celebrate the city’s very own film festival.
The Royal Opera House is the last standing Baroque building in Mumbai. The royal family of Gondal – the owners of the venue – have worked towards ensuring the complete restoration of this centre under the watchful eye of conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah.The iconic structure has a long standing association with art, literature, theatre, music, and has hosted operas and live performances of many celebrated artists.
Bollywood came in full support at the opening ceremony Red Carpet which was attended by Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Poonam Dhillon,Ayan Mukerji, Vinod Chopra, Genelia Dsouza,Shabana Azmi , Zoya Akhtar, Kalki Koechlin, Shobha De, Rajeev Samant, Reema Kagti, Ashutosh and Sunita Gowariker, Huma Quershi, Rahul Bose, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor,Nandita Das, R Balki, Abhishek Kapoor, Mini Mathur, Imran Khan, Diya Mirza, Richa Chaddha, Abhay Deol, Vicky Kaushal and many more.
Jacqueline Fernandez hosted the event. Also present were Festival Director Anupama Chopra, Co-Chairperson Kiran Rao and other Board of Directors including Anurag Kashyap, Rohan Sippy, Riteish Deshmukh, Siddharth Roy Kapur and Vikramaditya Motwane.
Mrs. Nita Mukesh Ambani, Festival Co-Chair said, “We are all privileged to be here at the resurrected Royal Opera House in its new avatar, a quintessential Mumbai Icon that has been lovingly brought to life for all of us. We really could not have asked for a more befitting venue to open this festival. In the true tradition of the Mumbai, Jio MAMI continues to delight us and surprise us. Each yearthey are raising the bar higher and higher for themselves. The festival has put together a truly incredible program and a stellar line-up of films this year. Today is my proud privilege to announce and introduce a new category of award-‘The Jio MAMI Award for Excellence in Digital Narrative Content’. Through this award we want to discover and celebrate, the talent and potential of our youth. This award will be presented from next year onward. We hope this award will encourage young talent to reimagine their creative promise and take Indian cinema to newer and greater heights, especially in the digital space. Jio MAMI is of Mumbai, by Mumbai and of Mumbai.”
Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India said, “Mumbai Film Festival stands out as a more celebratory event than a ceremonial one. It celebrates great stories and serves as a podium for young talent. In our third year of association with MAMI, our endeavour is to make world-class cinema an accessible and organic experience to the people of Mumbai – a city with deep roots in cinema and its history.”
Festival Director, Anupama Chopra said, “The 18th Edition of the festival will celebrate stories and cinema traditions from around the world. We hope that people enjoy this film feast.”