Amitabh poses with Preity

Amitabh Bachchan poses with Preity Zinta during the grand finale of the 11th Mumbai Film Festival organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) on Thursday after he received the Lifetime Achievement award for completing 40 years in the film industry.

On receiving the award, Mr. Bachchan said, "I am really grateful to the Indian film industry for tolerating me for so many years. I remember all the wonderful people who got associated with me."

The committee was headed by chairman Shyam Benegal and trustees Yash Chopra, Amit Khanna, Shabana Azmi and Amol Palekar. The festival started on October 29.

The Best Director award went to Adria'n Biniez for the film Gigante-a Uruguay-Germany-Argentina-Netherlands film. The Best Actress award was awarded to Paprika Steen for Applause - a Denmark film. British film White Lightnin won the best film award. The Best Actor award was given to Edward Hogg for the film White Lightnin.

Remarked Benegal, "This festival brought together some of the best cinematic talent from across the globe. We watched some very well-crafted films covering a range of thematics and issues."

Kunal Kohli and Shefali Shah hosted the evening while singers Anushka Manchanda and Kunal Ganjawala performed.