Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman - 2018
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today gave away Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman at a ceremony at Nabanna Sabhaghar. During the event she also inaugurated the new correctional home at Baruipur.
Kolkata International Film Festival - 2018
•  The much-awaited annual festival of cinema in Kolkata unfolds with a spectacular start. The 24th Kolkata International Film Festival has been inaugurated today in the glittering presence of a galaxy of iconic film personalities, international and national delegates, distinguished invitees from all walks of life and thousands and thousands of my film-loving brothers and sisters at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. Gracing the beautiful inaugural session were the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, Bengal’s ambassador Shah Rukh Khan, our own Jaya Bachchan ji, celebrated film personalities Mahesh Bhat, Waheeda Rehman, Nandita Das, Biswajit Chatterjee and many more glorious stars of Indian cinema including those from Bangla Film industry in Tollywood. Also present on the occasion were renowned international film personalities, Majid Majidi, Philip Noyce, Jill Bilcock and Simon Baker. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed that over the next 7 days, more than 170 films from 70 countries will be screened across 16 venues making it a true celebration of cinema among all. Australia is the focus country of this edition of the film festival. This year marks the completion of 100 years of Bengali cinema and we are celebrating it in a befitting manner to relive the wonderful facades of the nostalgia associated with our much-loved films and iconic personalities of Bengali cinema. A Bengali Film Directory (1917-2017) was published to mark the historic landmark. A beautiful cultural performance on the occasion staged by the legends of Bengal’s amazing cultural world enthralled the huge audience. Hon’ble Chief Minister extended her heartiest greetings to all on the occasion of this beautiful carnival of films.