Sharmila Tagore To Be Conferred At MAMI Mumbai Film Festival

Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore will be presented with the Excellence in Cinema India Award at the 19th edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. Sharmila, who is the former head of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), will receive the award at the opening ceremony of the festival, which will take place on October 12. The festival is run by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI).

“It feels very good. It is a peer group that has given me this award, so it feels very good and nice,” Sharmila told IANS. The 72-year-old actress made her acting debut in 1959 with Satyajit Ray’s ‘Apur Sansar’(World of Apu). The movie was the last in the popular Apu trilogy.

Talking about the festival, Sharmila said, “It is run by wonderful people like Anupama Chopra and Kiran Rao. I can see it is very well run by female power with lots of young girls sorting things out. Mumbai has its own tradition of film watching, so you can feel that vibe. I can see that it’s a very good festival and will get better and better in future."

The Mumbai Film Festival will go on till October 18 at various venues in the city. More than 220 films from 49 countries and filmed in 51 languages will be screened. The festival will begin with the screening of Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz (The Brawler). Among the International stars, director John Madden, who directed the Oscar winning film Shakespeare In Love and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel series, and Italian actress Monica Bellucci will attend the event. John will serve as head of the international jury at the festival. 

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Sharmila Tagore To Be Conferred At MAMI Mumbai Film Festival