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Deepika Padukone replaces Kiran Rao as the new chairperson of MAMI Mumbai Film Festival

File photo of Deepika Padukone Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 31, 2019, 10.43 AM (IST)

Deepika Padukone continues to enjoy a good year as the latest development announces that the actress has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. She has replaced filmmaker Kiran Rao to take the role. 

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, filmmaker Kiran stepped down from the role to focus on a movie project. On her appointment, Deepika called it a huge responsibility. She said, “It’s an absolute honour and a huge responsibility. I believe in MAMI’s vision and we are committed towards creating a community that cinema lovers and creators of a film passionate nation like ours truly deserve.”

Kiran also congratulated Deepika and said, “I am delighted to welcome one of India’s most loved film stars, Deepika Padukone as the new chairperson.”

Meanwhile, MAMI festival director and film critic Anupama Chopra shared the news on Twitter and wrote: “To new beginnings! Thank you Kiran for your faith and generosity and hard work. Excited to learn from and work with our new chairperson, the amazing Deepika Padukone,” she wrote in her tweet.

The festival’s creative director Smriti Kiran also welcomed Deepika on board. “Thank you for leading the way #Kiran! And a very warm welcome to #MAMI’s new Chairperson, the incredible @deepikapadukone ! Excited and happy to work with you to keep building the Academy! #NewBeginnings #JioMAMIwithStar @MumbaiFilmFest,” she wrote in her tweet.