Abhishek Bachchan, Nandita Das to be a part of Dubai film festival

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Dubai, Nov 24 (UNI) Bollywood actors Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Nandita Das will be among the top names in the world cinema, who will make star appearances at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in December.

Director Oliver Stone's latest movie 'W' will have a gala screening and regional premiere at the festival, which will roll out the red carpet for stars like Nicolas Cage, Brendon Fraser, Danny Glover, Salma Hayek, Goldie Hawn, Laura Linney and child actress Eliza Bennett.

To be held from December 11-18, DIFF will screen 181 films from 66 countries and will hold 16 world premieres, mostly from the Arab region.

Legendary producer Charles Roven, who made films including The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and the Brothers Grimm will also be a top draw at DIFF to be held at the Madinat Jumeirah hotel, according to the Gulf News. Arab stars include Yasmina Khadra, Carmen Lebbos, Sameer Ganem, Sameer Sabri, Hicham Saleem and Saeed Saleh.

In 2004, the festival screened 76 films from 27 countries and had just one world premiere.

Rhythm and Reels, a three-day event, which showcased the world of music and film as one, will also feature this year at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre with Cadillac Records, a film which follows the rise and fall of Chess Records and their artists in the 1950s.

The AmFar gala dinner, which last year raised more than three million dollar (Dh11.01 million), will also make a welcome return and is sure to bring celebrities from around the world to the red carpet.

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