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Indian film star Aamir Khan named as special guest for 2019 Belfast Film Festival

Indian film star Aamir Khan, who will be attending Belfast Film Festival in April.
Indian film star Aamir Khan, who will be attending Belfast Film Festival in April.

World-famous Indian actor and director Aamir Khan will be a guest of honour at this year’s Belfast Film Festival.

The festival, which will take place April 11-20, is to host Khan as part of the launch of a five-year 'cultural diversity in film' project.

Khan, an award-winning director, critically acclaimed actor, producer and television presenter will make his first ever visit to the island of Ireland to attend the festival.

His work combines some of the most widely seen entertainment cinema in film history inlcuding comedies such as 3 Idiots (2009) and PK (2014), and the Oscar-nominated Lagaan (2001), which he starred in and produced.

Michele Devlin, director of the Belfast Film Festival said: “The Belfast Film Festival’s tribute to Aamir Khan is the start of a bold new five-year exploration of cultural diversity in film, which will include Chinese, Polish and many other cultures.

"As part of this work we are delighted to announce a new collaboration with the New York Indian Film Festival. Indian cinema – its stardom, storytelling, history, themes and popularity is a great starting point for this project, and hosting the wonderful Aamir Khan is a perfect beginning.”    

During the festival, Aamir Khan will participate in an ‘in conversation’ event in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on April 16.

Hosted by Hindi cinema author Nasreen Munni Kabir, the evening will celebrate Khan’s body of film work and pay tribute to his humanitarian activities.

Tickets can be purchased at www.belfastfilmfestival.org  from Thursday, February 28 at 10am.

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