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Irrfan Khan honoured at Dubai Film Fest

Irrfan Khan honoured at Dubai Film Fest

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) started with a heavy dose of glitz and glamour at the Madinat Jumeirah.

The festival was honoured by the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Blanchett pointed out that it was her third time at DIFF, saying it was "always a pleasure to be a small part of festival that that supports diverse voices internationally and regionally", adding that as she was the evening's opening awards recipient it was "ladies first tonight. which is a good motto for the film industry".

During the opening ceremony, global actors won awards that recognised achievements for outstanding contributions to cinema. "Cinema can take this opportunity and move all of us forward".

Film stars who brought glitter to the festival were Hollywood icon Sir Patrick Stewart, Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed, Oscar victor Cate Blanchett, India's cross-over actor Irrfan Khan, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, singer-actress Vanessa Williams, star of Palme d'or victor "The Square" Claus Bang, Saudi Arabian actress-filmmaker Ahd Kamel, Egyptian actress Yusra, Lebanese actress Nadine Njeim and Emirati filmmakers Ali Mustafa and Nayla Al Khaja, besides several other prominent faces.

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England's legendary talent of stage and screen Sir Patrick Stewart was awarded for his decades-long career and iconic cinema. "The Variety Studio will be buzzing with activity throughout the festival, sharing the excitement of DIFF and exclusive stories from the talented people behind some of this year's most anticipated films from around world". "I believe that cinema has a role to play in bringing some of that turmoil to an end".

Irrfan Khan may not generally "care about awards" but he looked chuffed while accepting this one.

Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed was given a standing ovation for his contribution to the field of cinema.

Arab stars Youssra, Mona Wassef, Hend Sabri, Aida Riad, Abdel Rahman Abu Zahra, Safeya Al Omary, Wahid Hamid Ahmed Helmy, Ahmad Ezz, Menna Shalaby, were also in attendance, shining a spotlight on global cinema.

Cinelovers can watch latest works of world's acclaimed filmmakers at the Madinat Jumeirah Arena, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, VOX Cinemas at Mall of the Emirates and at The Beach - opposite JBR, Dubai.

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