Four Indian Films To Screen At Cannes 2018 – A Recap To India’s Cannes Journey
With no films last year, the Indian film fraternity were left out in the last Cannes Film Festival. Though this year it was a bit different, and the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival saw as many as four films from India.
The annual filmy French event is scheduled to happen from May 8 to May 19 this year and the global audience will get to taste a slice of India’s art of films with India at Cannes in 2018.
Indian Films At Cannes 2018
India at Cannes in 2018, among the Indian films to be featured are Dhanush’s The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir, Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Manto, Tillotama Shome's Sir, and Dinakar Rao's Asthi from Short-film Corner.
Sir by Tilottoma Shome also has been chosen to be a part of Critics Week, and the film will compete with some top-rated films from around the world with India at Cannes.
The Big Makers – Indian Films At Cannes 2018
Coming to the Un Certain Regard section, it has Nawazuddin’s Manto. The category will also feature about more 20 different films with some unique or original stories.
India at Cannes has Manto, where the talented Gangs of Wasseypur actor plays renowned writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Also Manto is the only Indian film which will feature in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes 2018.
A Small Recap – Indian Films At Cannes 2018
Indian films have done exceptionally well at the Cannes since 1946 and India at Cannes has been big. The first Indian film which made to Cannes was Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar. The same film also won the Grand Prix award, widely known to be the first Indian film which grabbed global attention.
In 1956, globally acclaimed Oscar winning director Satyajit Ray also won for India at Cannes Cannes for his Pather Panchali. Also Gotama: The Buddha won a Jury Prize at the Cannes in 1957.
In the recent years, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas also made it to the festival with India at Cannes. The story is based on a Bengali romance novel written by renowned writer Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. The film based on a novel from the 19th century won a premiere at the Cannes and subsequently Aishwarya Rai became the first Indian woman who was declared a member of the international jury at Cannes in 2003.
Aishwarya Rai ended a three decade old absence of any Indians in the jury at prestigious Cannes. Since then, several Indian films have made it to it from India at Cannes.
Recent Years – Indian Films At Cannes 2018
Among the recent big takeaways, makers from India at Cannes were Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan, Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, Bombay Talkies, Monsoon Shootout and many more. All these were screened at the Cannes film festival. Among other films, The Lunch Box, Titli, Masaan and a few other have featured at the French film festival as makers from India at Cannes.
Cannes is known to acknowledgement small budget content based films so that these films get appreciated internationally and India at Cannes been phenomenal.
The films screened from India at Cannes Film Festival provides the makers a global platform to endorse their movies. The media exposure helps these films made on shoestring budgets. The festival aims to educate the West with an another kind of cinema which emerges in different countries around the world.