Muscat Film Festival to host Hollywood, Bollywood stars
By staff - Thu Mar 22, 8:01 pm
MUSCAT — The stage is set for Oman’s biggest movie show — the 7th Muscat International Film Festival (MIFF), to be inaugurated on Saturday by Dr Abdullah bin Nasser Al Harasi, Chairman of the Public Authority for Radio and Television.
The eight-day event, which its organisers Oman Film Society (OFS) are promoting as a “cultural, musical and movie extravaganza”, will feature Oscar winning actors and directors from Hollywood, current celebrity sensations from Bollywood and top award winning actors from South India. Several top Arab stars will also be participating. A new addition to the programme announced by OFS is a live musical concert by top Malayalam playback and Carnatic singer Dr K. J. Yesudas and his son Vijay Yesudas on Tuesday at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) Grand Hall. They will be accompanied by Chennai-based musical orchestra ‘Saadagaparavaigal’.
“Some of the world’s best performers are going to be part of this eight-day festival,” Dr Khalid Al Zadjali, Chairman of MIFF and OFS, said addressing a Press conference here.
Hollywood stars and Oscar winners heading for Muscat will include Forest Whitaker, Susan Sarandon, Darren Aronofsky, Bond star George Lazenby, director John Glen, Bond girl Britt Ekland and Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd.
Stars from Bollywood expected to attend are Sharmila Tagore, Nandita Das, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor and Victor Banerjee Dhanush, who will be joined by Muhannad and Noor from Turkey and Arab stars Nadia Jundi Amidou and Hayat Al Fand.
Performers during Saturday’s opening ceremony will include multi-platinum Lebanese recording artist and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Nancy Ajram, the world’s fastest percussionist Anandan Sivamani and dance sensation Isha Sharvani, Daksha Seth and troupe from India, and popular Omani singer Salah Al Zadjali.
Entertaining the audience on the closing day on March 31 will be Billy Ban Ban from Japan and Lucky Ali, Pandit Chaurasia and the Ramli Ibrahim ballet from India.
March 30 will be James Bond special day at MIFF to commemorate 50 years of James Bond movies. Sir Roger Moore, the legendary former James Bond star, was originally scheduled to visit Oman during the festival, but has now expressed his inability because of ill health. But Bond actor George Lazenby and John Glen, who has directed five Bond films, will be present.