On December 5, 2023, Salman Khan arrived in Kolkata to attend the inaugural ceremony of the 29th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). He was the chief guest there. Alongside him, celebrities like Sonakshi Sinha, Anil Kapoor, Mahesh Bhatt, and Shatrughan Sinha were also seen. Former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly was also present at the inaugural night. In a viral video doing rounds on the internet, the Tiger 3 actor is seen grooving alongside Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and other actors.
Salman Khan shakes a leg with CM mamata Banerjee at KIFF
Salman looked dapper in an all-black look. All the celebrities received commemoration trophies on stage. Salman received a warm welcome as he was felicitated by Bengali actor Dev Adhikari. The video also showed a glimpse of Mamata grooving next to Salman, Mahesh Bhatt, Anil Kapoor, Sonakshi and Shatrughan Sinha. Salman also performed his Dabangg signature step with co-star Sonakshi Sinha.
Salman Khan talks about Mamata Banerjee’s house
He also said, “This is one of the largest film festivals I have seen. When I was visiting Mamata Banerjee’s house, I wanted to see how small her house was. When I went to her residence, I found that her house was smaller than mine. I am jealous of her. How can someone in her position have such a small house!”
Legendary Superstar of Bollywood… Salman Khan..our beloved Vaijan giving compliment to our Honourable Chief Minister @MamataOfficial at the Inaugural ceremony of KIFF 2023..Feeling proud of you Didi…#KolkataInternationalFilmFestival#KIFF2023 pic.twitter.com/1DwsR6x19R— শৌনক গাঙ্গুলী (@Sounak_AITC) December 5, 2023
Sourav Ganguly praise Salman Khan
At the event, Sourav Ganguly said, “Welcome to Kolkata, my favourite Mr Salman Khan. It’s a coincidence that I have met him for the first time here in person.”
In 2022, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Mahesh Bhatt, and Rani Mukerji were seen at the inaugural ceremony of the film festival. Shah Rukh Khan, who has been a regular at KIFF, is not attending the ceremony this year. Earlier this year, SRK was replaced by Sourav Ganguly as the West Bengal brand ambassador.