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Irrfan Khan honoured at Dubai Film Fest

08 December 2017

Variety, in association with the Dubai International Film Festival, has announced its first interview studio in the Middle East.

Walking the red carpet opening night were cinema royalty from around the world, including Cate Blanchett, Egyptian film and TV star Yusra and India's Khann, of "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Life of Pi" fame.

He added that while the Arab world has seen struggles and political turmoil, the Arab cinema has remained unaffected and succeeded in telling the human story. "It's an worldwide language that everyone can apprecate and understand".

In a region rife with conflict which pushed the famed Marrakesh festival to take a one-year hiatus, dozens of stars, cinema lovers and social media influencers gathered for the 14th Dubai International Film Festival. "Cinema provides a common understanding of who we are, what we are and what we hope to be", he said. "It is our absolute pleasure to honor his incredible achievements at the festival and to welcome him to the Madinat Jumeirah for an unforgettable in conversation event with fans".

Irrfan Khan At Dubai International Film Festival
Irrfan Khan At Dubai International Film Festival

The Star Trek and X-Men icon's sentiment was echoed by Hostiles writer and director Scott Cooper, who in a recorded video message said that today's "polarizing" situation in the U.S.is similar to the period in the 19th century in which his film is set. "Before we inaugurate this festival, we just got the news from (director) Tigmanshu Dhulia that with vast remorse I have to announce to the audience sitting here that veteran actress Shashi Kapoor has passed away and his contribution will never be forgotten and will always be remembered by the film Industry in India, world over", said founder-president Ramkishore Parcha in an interview with the Firstpost.

DIFF which will be held this year at Central Park and NDMC Convention Centre is all prepped up to screen 174 films, 200 artworks with the participation of 54 countries across the globe.

Cate Blanchett was another returnee, in town once again to chair the judging panel of the IWC Award. It will feature 50 world or global premieres, 81 MENA debuts, 15 red carpet galas and 14 special presentations.

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Irrfan Khan honoured at Dubai Film Fest