Sonam Kapoor to share stage with two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett

Dec 06, 2017, 08:42 IST | Mohar Basu

Sonam Kapoor heads to Dubai film fest, excited to present award with two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett

Taking her love for cinema a step ahead, Sonam Kapoor is all set to be a part of the 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) that kick-starts today. As the brand ambassador of IWC watches, the actor will be one of the presenters of the IWC Filmmaker Award at the fest. Besides giving her the opportunity to view some of the best works of filmmakers from the region, the event will also see the Kapoor girl rubbing shoulders with two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett. The British actor is heading the jury for the sixth edition of the IWC Filmmaker Award.

Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor

A self-admitted fan of Blanchett's works, we hear Kapoor is overjoyed to share the stage with her. A source reveals, "As an actor, she has always been an admirer of Cate's work. She is looking forward to discussing cinema and fashion, her two greatest passions, with Cate." Kapoor, who is heading to Dubai today, will walk the red carpet at the opening ceremony this evening.

The award gala, which will be held at Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, is scheduled for December 7 and will give a cash prize of $100,000 to one feature film in development to help the winning filmmaker bring his story to the big screen. Others invited at the prestigious event include Turkish star Tuba Büyüküstün and Lebanese-Australian lawyer, model and charity worker Jessica Michelle Kahawaty. Much like Blanchett, this is the Bollywood star's third appearance at the festival that has steadily gained recognition over the years.

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

Enthusiastic about the event, Kapoor says, "I look forward to meeting all the beautiful women from all walks of life at the event." Interestingly, the film festival will also be presenting the DIFF Honorary award to Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan for his contribution to the world of cinema.

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