Hope to meet Big B in Kolkata Iranian filmmaker

Amitabh BachchanA huge fan of Indian films, award-winning Iranian filmmaker Niki Karimi Wednesday hoped she bumps into Bollywood screen icon Amitabh Bachchan during her stay in the city.

Karimi is participating in the 20th Kolkata International Film Festival that kicked off Monday.

Counting Big B’s “Amar, Akbar, Anthony” among her favourites, the actress-turned-director lamented the missed opportunity during the inaugural of the KIFF.

“I heard that Amitabh Bachchan was here at the inaugural, how come I didn’t meet him? Is he still in town? I would like to meet him,” a keyed-up Karimi said.

Big B is in the city shooting for Shoojit Sircar’s “Piku”. He and his celebrated family inaugurated the KIFF Monday.

The director of award-winning films like “The Final Whistle” and “One Night” said both countries believe in making “good cinema”.

“Many things changed in Iranian films as the society changed. In Iran we make good films like you do in India.

“We do not have as much (big) as audience that you guys have. I always love Indian cinema,” said Karimi, adding she follows the work of women filmmakers like Aparna Sen and Mira Nair.

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