Film stars shined in the Moroccan Film Festival

The Marrakech International Film Festival has been celebrating its 12th year. This is a film festival that is held every year in the city of Morocco. This year the film festival decided to pay homage to a prominent branch of cinema- the Indian cinema. The focus has been on celebrating the 100 years achieved by our Indian pictures.

The festival had been inundated with actors from the Hindi film fraternity. Film stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bahchan, Hrithik Roshan with wife Sussanne Roshan, Tabu and Sridevi graced the event. Among others who represented Bollywood were Malaika Arora Khan, Arjun Rampal with wife Mehr, and Anurag Kashyap with his wife, actress Kalki Koechlin.

Sharmila Tagore who has been appointed as one of the jury members this year declared this festival open. Malaika Arora Khan revved up the opening ceremony by performing to her successful numbers such as “Chaiyya Chaiyya”, but not to forget the cult-hit “Munni Badnaam”.

Amitabh Bachchan was handed over the lifetime achievement award by the famous French actress Catherine Deneuve. On the occasion of the opening ceremony Hrithik Roshan fitted in some thoughtful words about the legendary actor. He said, “When I was 13 or 14 years old, my friends and I had this little camera on which we would film various things. I would enact Mr. Bachchan's lines and try and find that place in myself that could reflect this man's greatness. I never did. I hope one day I achieve half of the greatness of this man, who continues to inspire and encourage.”

Amitabh Bachchan too re-joined saying that Hrithik Roshan was always a part of Abhishek Bachchan’s birthday parties. He added that he had not anticipated then that he would become such a huge superstar that he is today but definitely showed glimpses of talent. He stated “This guy used to win all competitions. We didn't know what was going to happen in the future. I have lovely memories of Hrithik in the house.” Amitabh Bachchan’s film “The Indian family” was also screened at this festival.

Shah Rukh Khan too was honored with a memento for his contribution to films by the Prince of Morocco, Moulay Rachid. He was later seen conversing animatedly with the popular Italian actor Monica Belluci during a stately dinner.

This film festival will go on for nine long days and will close on the 8th of December.