Cannes 2018: Prasoon Joshi, Huma Qureshi and others open India pavillion, Smriti Irani skips event

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During the inaugural address, Joshi said: “I am happy that the National Awards this year and the Ministry have taken special efforts in showcasing the regional cinema at such a platform. 2018-05-10T17:18:21+05:30″>
Published: May 10, 2018 5:18:21 pm

Huma Qureshi and Prasoon Joshi open India pavillion at Cannes among others. Karun, Jahnu Barua and Bharat Bala. Paillard said in a statement, “The Indian pavilion is a very important tool to help connecting the worldwide European and worldwide community of films.”
On the Indo-French cinema collaboration, Tikoo said: “It is a fantastic relationship we have had, both with the Cannes Film Festival and the French film industry. The inaugural session of the Indian Pavilion was held in Cannes on Wednesday. Irani, who was to lead the delegation, is caught up with work related to the 15th Asia Media Summit to be held here from May 10-12 as well as the Karnataka Assembly elections, informed sources told IANS. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App We should also reach out to young filmmakers who might not have access to a festival like this. Irani was supposed to be in Cannes for a day. Two films by Indian filmmakers — Nandita Das’ Manto and Rohena Gera’s Sir — are in separate competition sections at the gala, one of the most prestigious film jamborees around the world. These include Assamese film “Village Rockstars”, Malayalam film “Bhayanakam”, Bengali movie “Nagarkirtan” and “Sinjar”, a film from Lakshadweep made in Jasari,
Barua said India had great content in terms of cinema and so far only a little had been exposed to the world. Hosted by actor Sharad Kelkar, it saw the presence of Indian ambassador to France Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ashok Kumar Parmar, Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; writer, poet and Censor Board Chairperson Prasoon Joshi, Censor Board member Vani Tripathi Tikoo, Jerome Paillard, Executive Director, Marche Du Film Festival (Cannes Film Market), actress Huma Qureshi and filmmakers Shaji N. “Let’s create many mini Cannes Film Festivals all around the world to help more and more filmmakers.”
This year, the India Pavilion, organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting along with Ficci, is showcasing four regional language films.