Bollywood star on Berlin film fest jury
Australian film producer Jan Chapman, German actress Nina Hoss, Canadian film-maker Guy Maddin, British costume designer Sandy Powell and Iranian director Jafar Panahi complete the line-up.
However, Panahi`s place on the jury will be left symbolically empty, as he was handed six years in jail in December and banned from making films or leaving Iran for 20 years.
"There has been worldwide protest against this verdict that violates the right to freedom of opinion and expression," said the festival in a statement.
"The Berlinale is holding a place open in the Jury for Jafar Panahi and in doing so wants to signal its support for his struggle for freedom."
The festival features a financial crisis thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Demi Moore and a French 3D animated feature, amongst others.
In all, it features 22 films in its main programme including 16 in the running for the festival`s prizes.