Amitabh Bachchan’s 80th birthday: A film festival is announced to celebrate his legacy

To mark the momentous occasion of legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan’s 80th birthday, the Film Heritage Foundation has announced a unique film festival titled “Bachchan, Back to the Beginning”.

In collaboration with PVR Cinemas, the festival should be one of the biggest to celebrate the icon through his films. The four-day celebrations will take place from October 8 to 11, 2022 in 17 cities, covering 172 showcases and 30 screens in 22 cinema halls across India.

The non-profit organization founded by filmmaker and archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur has meticulously curated a bespoke collection of 11 blockbuster films that spawned one of the nation’s biggest superstars who continues to shine just as brightly more 50 years since its debut on the silver screen.

Audiences from cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad to Ahmedabad, Surat, Baroda, Raipur, Kanpur, Kolhapur, Prayagraj and Indore will have the exceptional opportunity to witness the sheer magnetism of the superstar on the big screen through his landmark films such as “Don”, “Kaala Patthar”, “Kaalia”, “Kabhie Kabhie”, “Amar Akbar Anthony”, “Namak Halaal”, “Abhimaan”, “Deewar”, “Mili”, ” Satte Pe Satta” and “Chupke Chupke”.

Amitabh Bachchan shared his thoughts on this celebration. He said: “I never thought I would ever see all of these films from my early career returning to the big screen across the country. This is a remarkable initiative by the Film Heritage Foundation and PVR to showcase not only my work, but the work of my directors, fellow actors and technicians of the time who made these films possible. It brings to life a bygone but not forgotten era. That is why saving Indian film heritage is so important. I hope this is just the start of many festivals that will celebrate Indian cinema’s landmark films back on the big screen.”

Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Director of the Film Heritage Foundation, said: “Growing up, I was Amitabh Bachchan’s biggest fan. I used to break boundaries when I was in school to watch his movies and I was often kicked out of class in college for sitting in the backseats and writing notes about his movies.I’m so glad the Film Heritage Foundation honors Mr. Bachchan at the occasion of his 80th birthday with the first nationwide four-day festival.a colossal task to bring together the best of his early films that launched him as a superstar and to present those films so that audiences across the country can enjoy films as they were originally shown – on the big screen. I know this will be the first of many festivals that will bring our film heritage back to the theaters where it belongs.”

He added, “I would like to thank Ajay Bijli and the PVR team for participating and making possible the screening of these iconic films in 17 centers across India, from megacities like Mumbai and Delhi to small towns like Kolhapur, Surat, Kanpur and Indore I would also like to thank my friend Siddharth Roy Kapur for his generous support which enabled us to do the festival and mount the exhibition of Mr. Bachchan’s memorabilia at PVR Juhu.

Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director of PVR Ltd, said, “PVR is delighted to partner with the Film Heritage Foundation for ‘Bachchan Back to the Beginning’ to mark Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s 80th birthday. We are so happy that for the first time we are able to hold a festival of this kind of Mr. Bachchan’s films across the country to celebrate his work on the scale that befits India’s greatest cinematic icon. .

The festival presents an amazing opportunity for fans across India, in big cities and small towns, to watch Mr. Bachchan in his most memorable roles, not on phones or laptops, but bigger than nature on the big screen. We look forward to working with Film Heritage Foundation in the future to bring the best of Indian film heritage to our cinemas on a regular basis.” Big B turns 80 on October 11.

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