Posted on 13 January 2012
The tenth Pune International Film Festival (Piff) was inaugurated yesterday at City Pride in Kothrud. Much to the delight of the audience, the Bollywood stars Amitabh Bacchan, Rani Mukehrjee, and Asha Bhosale had come to inaugurate this festival. The fans were thrilled to see them and applauded them loudly. This film festival was organized by the Pune Film Foundation in association with the state government.
Apart from the Bollywood stars, there were many other prominent personalities present there, which included the cultural minister Sanjay Deotale; Jabbar Patel, the director of Piff; Ilaiyaaraja, the well known music composer; and Sachin Pilgaonkar, the famous actor and director.
When the fans saw Rani Mukherjee and Amitabh Bacchan step on the stage, they became quite hysterical. Very few of them could come inside the hall and most of them could only get a glimpse of the stars. Big B received a standing ovation from the audience and thanked the audience for it. He also thanked the people for the loads of love that he had received for his “modest contribution to the film industry.”
He said that “A journey of 42 years has been like a dream for me. I never thought I would act in films. I never expected the love and affection that I got from the people all these years. My stay in this industry has indeed been a pleasurable one. Pune is known for art, culture and films. But it remains a special city for me for a personal reason. I met my wife Jaya here. The decision to marry her was also taken in this city.”
While recollecting her journey of 65 years in the film industry, Asha Bhosale said, “I came (in the film industry) when I was 10 years old. My struggle and efforts have given me success. I am proud to be a Marathi. The Marathi people have always given me love.” After her speech, she sang a Marathi song. She also sang a song a Tamil song with the musical maestro Ilaiyaraaja.
The audience regaled when Rani took the stage. She asked them if she could speak in Marathi. She said that even though she was not a Marathi, felt like one; she felt that she was a “pakka Marathi” when she spoke in Marathi.
Asha Bosale and Amitabh Bacchan were honoured with awards for their outstanding contribution to Indian cinema. Ilaiyaraaja was awarded the Sachin Dev Burman international award for creative music and sound. Sachin Pilagaonkar was felicitated for his completion of 50 years in the Indian cinema.