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Tired of coming to KIFF, Bachchan pleads to Mamata to spare

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The inauguration of the 24th Kolkata International Festival (KIFF) on Saturday had its share of lighter moments when megastar said he has become too frequent an invitee to this event and does not have anything new to speak of.

Bachchan, like another superstar Khan, have made regular appearances in the inaugural programmes for the past several editions of the KIFF.

A peal of laughter rose from the audience as the Big-B earnestly pleaded, in Bengali, to to excuse him at the next edition of the KIFF.

"I am here again. Had pleaded repeatedly to CM Mamata Banerjee please stop inviting me again, but she never listens. So I am here," said with a mischievous smile.

Stating that since the CM had earlier not heeded to his pleas he was now shifting to Bengali, said, "Mamataji antoto ebar sunun. parbo na ma. Rakkha korun (Mamataji please listen to me now. Please madam spare me from now on)," he said prompting another bout of laughter.

Banerjee, who was sitting on the podium among other dignitaries including Bachchan's wife Jaya, shook her head rejecting the pleas.

Later, during her speech, Banerjee said, "Let me say Bachchanji you have to come next year again as it will be the 25th year of KIFF."

Turning to Khan, she said, "will also have to come. He is my brother. It is a connect between brother and sister. We will seek guidance from both Amitji and SRK about how to conduct the next edition of KIFF, which is the 25th, in a grand way. We should start preparation from now.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 22:50 IST