Kolkata is excited about 25th Kolkata International Film Festival. The celebration of cinema kickstarted today in the presence of many top stars at the Netaji Indoor stadium on Friday. Present was CM Mamata Banerjee, Rakhi, Gulzar, Abir Chatterjee, Nusrat Jahan, Mimi, Mahesh Bhatt, and BCCI President, "Price of Calcutta" Sourav Ganguly. German Oscar-winning director Volker Schlondorff, ‘Sex Lies and Videotape’ actress Andie MacDowell adorned the event. Bollywood superstar SRK charmed the audience with his presence. He lighted the ceremonial lamp and gave a speech in the opening ceremony. Jisshu Sengupta and Parambrata hosted the event. Srabanti Chatterjee was the Thali Girl of the year.