Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Anurag Kashyap, Riteish Deshmukh, Shyam Benegal Walk The Red Carpet At The 18th Jio MAMI Film Festival

Bollywood stars including Amitabh Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh gathered at the revamped Royal Opera House to kickstart the 18th edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival

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Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Anurag Kashyap, Riteish Deshmukh, Shyam Benegal Walk The Red Carpet At The 18th Jio MAMI Film Festival
It's a big night today, the Royal Opera House is buzzing with Bollywood stars as Jio MAMI Film Festival begins with a glittery evening.

The eight-day long Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star will screen 175 films, including features, documentaries and short films from 54 countries, from October 21 onwards.

Right from its opening ceremony at the revamped Royal Opera House- attended by Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Anurag Kashyap, Riteish Deshmukh, Shyam Benegal & Co- the fest will be bigger than its previous editions, promises MAMI Festival Director Anupama Chopra.

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Actress Konkona Sen Sharma's directorial debut A Death in The Gunj, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, has been chosen as the opening film of the festival.

The Jio MAMI Movie Mela with Star will showcase the first look of the much awaited S.S. Rajamouli's Baahubali 2: The Conclusion on October 22.

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Beautiful ladies, Kalki Koechlin and Huma Quereshi graced the red carpet. And gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandes is all set to host the Jio MAMI Film Festival.



While most stars twirled for the cameras, Anurag Kashyap tried his best to avoid the media. Fresh off a controversy which started when he posted a conversation with a journalist on Facebook and revealed her contact details to his one lakh followers, he simply walked off with a 'Namaste' when quizzed by the gathered mediapersons. (See video above)



Aamir Khan too pulled an Anurag Kashyap. The actor who was accompanied by the debutants of Dangal, was in no mood to answer controversial questions be it the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil debacle or the hashtag BoycottDangal. 
He simply replied, "MAMI se poocho," and walked off. (See video above)

On the other hand, Zoya Akhtar decided to speak about the hot button topic, the troubled release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

"It is unfortunate that the film and the filmmaker are being targeted. Karan did not do anything wrong, he did not break any laws. The visas were granted by the government and the actors worked here legally. He shot the film when the situation was pleasant but now at the time of the film's release, he is being bullied," said Zoya. 


 It will be a starry week! Are you excited?


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