Costa-Gavras and Kamal Haasan to be felicitated

The 15th Mumbai Film Festival will see the felicitation of two of the biggest names in the world of cinema.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 | 2:41:59 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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The 15th Mumbai Film Festival, organised from 17th October 2013 to 24th October 2013 by MAMI and supported by the Department of Culture, Government of Maharashtra will see the felicitation of two of the biggest names in the world of cinema.

 The Academy Award-winner French filmmaker, Costa-Gavras and legendary Indian actor-director Kamal Haasan will be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gavras, who is known for his political thrillers has also been conferred with the title of French Knighthood. He has been on the jury of numerous film festivals and has also been serving as the President of Cinmathque Franaise, one of the world's largest film archives.

The Director of the Festival, Srinivasan Narayanan who is absolutely deighted, said, "When I think of Costa-Gavras, I am overwhelmed by the elegant, humanist films he has bequeathed to humanity, his gentle nudge to stand up and take a position as he did with his announcement for "Z" - "Any similarity to persons or events is deliberate". It is our good fortune that we would be receiving him in the Mumbai Film Festival and interacting with him for a whole week."

Another legend to be honoured with the award is the Indian actor-director Kamal Haasan. He recently completed 50 years as actor, director, writer, producer, singer, choreographer and lyricist.

Haasan has been a part of over 190 films across genres, industries and languages including Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. In his successful career, the celebrated actor has been bestowed with three National Film Awards, a Padma Shri, and a Kalaimamani Award.

Shyam Benegal, Chairman of Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) said, "He is a legend in every sense of the term. He is a writer, singer, director, lyricist and an actor par-excellence. We are extremely honoured to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Shri Kamal Haasan."

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