Aamir Khan seems to have taken inspiration from Amitabh Bachchan, who graced the last edition of Chennai International Film Festival at his own expense. The Bollywood Perfectionist, like Big B, is gracing the film festival, which will kick-start from Thursday (December 12), without demanding the organisers to pay his expenses to be part of the inaugural function.
Suhasini Maniratnam, festival organiser, has confirmed the news and said that Aamir Khan has given his nod to grace the event. The Bollywood star will be coming to Chennai with his assistants on his own.
"Aamir Khan has agreed to grace the opening ceremony of our fest (CIFF). He said he will be there with his assistants on his own and that we only had to tell him when, where and to which hotel he should come," festival organiser, actress Suhasini Maniratnam, told IANS.
The yesteryear actress and the wife of Mani Ratnam says that they have been chasing him to be part of the event for three years. The organisers are moved by his gesture to attend the event without depending on them to pay his bills. Last year, Amitabh Bachchan too had done the same. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...
"I have been chasing Aamir Khan for three years and he has finally given us the time. We are also touched by his gesture not to depend on us for bringing him down. Last year, even Amitji didn't expect our support and even donated Rs 11 lakh towards our fest," she added.
Actress-dancer Shobana, Swarnamalya, singer Karthik and Anil Srinivasan will be performing at the opening day of CIFF.
The eight-day festival is being organised by the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation in association with the government of Tamil Nadu. Award winning films from international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice will be screened at CIFF this year.
There is a special competition section, like last few years, to honour the Best Tamil Films. Twelve Kollywood films like Soodhu Kavvum, Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer, Haridas, Paradesi and Kumki among many more will vie for the prize money of Rs 6 lakh.
Malayalam actor Mohanlal will attend the closing ceremony of the fest which will witness the live performance of Southern composer Anirudh Ravichander, who will receive the special award constituted in the name of Big B called Amitabh Bachchan Youth Icon Award.