Bollywood heavyweights at the Saudi Film Festival
The second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival is underway on the eastern shore of the Red Sea in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Bollywood heavyweight stars participate in this event.
The festival’s new outdoor venue, the Red Sea Corniche, screens free films. Aditya Chopra performed ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ was enjoyed by audiences on its opening day on December 1. The two stars of the film, Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, participated in the exhibition. They answered various questions from the public. Besides, Shahrukh delivered the famous dialogue from the film. He sang the song ‘Tujhe Dikha To Ye Jaane Sanam’ in his empty voice. Then the audience burst into cheers.
Shah Rukh Khan, Egyptian actress Yusra and British director Guy Ritchie received honorary awards for outstanding contribution to films at the inaugural ceremony. Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of the Red Sea International Film Festival, presented them with this recognition.
Actresses Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto grabbed attention in stunning dresses on the red carpet. Saif-Kareena stands in solidarity with gender equality in entertainment. They participated in a dinner entitled ‘Women in Cinema’ organized by Vanity Fair magazine.
In the remaining days of the festival, three Bollywood superstars, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan and Ranbir Kapoor, will participate in a discussion about their careers and achievements. Ranveer will receive the international Vanguard Actor Award. Hrithik will be in the final on December 10. Oscar-winning actor AR Rahman will perform music for the first time in Jeddah. Bollywood star participation is coordinated by Dubai-based Stellar Entertainment.
On the red carpet of the festival shine the stars of Hollywood, Arab cinema and the European film industry. Among them are “Sultan Suleiman” actress Maryam Ujerli, “Squid Game” actor Park Hae Soo, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Henry Golding, son of American actor Clint Eastwood , Scott Eastwood, American actresses Michelle Rodriguez, Julianne Hough, Lucy Hale, French actress Melanie Lorne, Spanish actress Rosie de Palma, Maria Pedrasa, Alessandra Anieva, Hiba Abuk, actor Alex Gonzalez, model John Kartakharena , Brazilian actress Marina Hui Barbaja, Canadian actor Nolan Funk, Indonesian model Luna Maya and others.
“What’s love got to do with it?” aired on opening day. Shekhar Kapoor returned to directing after 15 years with the film. The film has a romantic comedy feel about love and marriage in London and Lahore. It is produced by Jemima Khan, ex-wife of Pakistani politician Imran Khan. It stars Shabana Azmi, Sejal Ali from Pakistan, British star Lily James, Emma Thompson, Shejad Latif, Jeff Mirza and others. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. It went on to win Best Comedy at the Rome Film Festival in October.
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan, American actress Sharon Stone, Andy Garcia, producer Spike Lee, Egyptian actress Nelly Karim, Palestinian-American comedian Md. Am, Indian director Gurinder Chadha, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, British director Guy Ritchie, Italian director Luca Guadagnino, Australian director Andrew Dominik, German director Fati Akin, Argentinian director Gaspar Noe, Tunisian director Kawtar Ben Hania, Belgian director Adil El Arabi and Bilal Falah. Festival participants will have the opportunity to enjoy these events.
This year’s festival includes 131 features and shorts by young and old filmmakers from 61 countries in 41 languages. Among them, the world premiere of 34 films, the Arab premiere of 17 films and the Middle East-North Africa premiere of 47 films will take place. 25 new Saudi films are screened during this event.
The jury includes Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, Egyptian actress Nelly Karim, Tunisian filmmaker Kawtar Ben Hania, Georgian filmmaker Levan Koguashvili and Israeli actor Ali Suleiman.
Red Sea Soo, the commercial arm of the festival, offers a range of co-production projects, international performances and new business opportunities. Professional filmmakers from 46 countries are taking part in these events from yesterday to December 6. The festival is organized in partnership with Vox Cinemas and MBC Group.
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