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AnandNew York film festival kicks off with 'Anand'
09th Apr 2005  22.31 IST
By Agencies  


Anand , the first movie which gave recognition to Bollywood mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan as an actor, was screened in New York at the opening of the 12-day festival of his films spanning over 35 years.

Thirteen of Bachchan's movies will be screened in the retrospective organised by the prestigious Lincoln Center, one of the world's premiere film societies, which is honouring him as "Biggest Star in the World." 'Anand'was screened on Friday as the film festival began.




On April 15, when his critically-acclaimed movie Black will be screened, Bachchan, voted as 'Star of the Millennium' in the BBC poll in 1999, himself will be present at the theatre to talk about his career and interact with audience.

Some clips from his best-loved movies would also be shown. .

Among 'Big B' movies being screened are Zanjeer', Amar Akbar Anthony , 'Abhimaan', Khakee , Aks , 'Namak Halal', Dev , Aankhen , 'Saudagar', 'Agneepath' and 'Satte Pe Satta.'

The festival was two years in the making after Shabana Azmi , who was being honoured by the Lincoln Center Film Society, suggested holding it to Programme Director Richard Pena, himself a fan of Bachchan.

During the two years' period, his movies were lined up and his wife Jaya Bachchan , helped in getting subtitles right.

The Society says its main aim is to introduce to Americans audience to Bachchan who acted in varied roles and was equally comfortable playing as angry young man and an intimate lover. He also sang some of his own songs.



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