Doha film fest rolls out the red carpet but where are the celebrities?

Published November 20th, 2012 - 09:47 GMT
US actor Robert De Niro (2nd L) founder of New York's Tribeca Film Festival, poses for a photograph along side his wife Grace Hightower De Niro and Indian actor Anupam Kher (L) and Doha Film Institute CEO Abdulaziz Bin Khalid Al-Khater (R) at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in the Qatari capital. AFP
US actor Robert De Niro (2nd L) founder of New York's Tribeca Film Festival, poses for a photograph along side his wife Grace Hightower De Niro and Indian actor Anupam Kher (L) and Doha Film Institute CEO Abdulaziz Bin Khalid Al-Khater (R) at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in the Qatari capital. AFP

There was definitely something in the air on the third night of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival on Monday. Perhaps it was the sparsely filled press pen on the red carpet or just plain fatigue kicking in — the few celebrities who braved the premiere of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ were a moody lot.

Egyptian actor Khalid Abol Naga, who took part in a panel discussion about the future of Egyptian cinema post-revolution on Sunday, started off with a smile as he posed for pictures. But when tabloid! asked him his stand on the accusation that some Egyptian filmmakers were taking advantage of the January 25 Revolution as an inspiration for film themes he offered a curt reply: “I don’t like that question,” he said, before walking swiftly away.

He did have some more smiles for waiting fans though as he went on to pose for pictures.

‘Silver Linings’ star Anupam Kher was equally blunt on the red carpet.


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