Cannes Film Festival 2018: Indian delegation to push Village Rockstars, Nagarkirtan and other regional cinema


At the main fest, two women filmmakers’ projects from India have made it to competition sections. “There’s a lot of beautiful work happening in films in different parts of India which we don’t hear about… We either get to see it at a film festival or through a friend… So, I think it’s high time it gets a push,” Rasika told IANS. Actress Rasika Dugal, who will be in Cannes for Manto, finds it a great initiative. Assamese film Village Rockstars, Malayalam film Bhayanakam, Bengali movie Nagarkirtan, and Sinjar, a film from Lakshadweep made in the Jasari language, will be showcased at the festival’s India Pavilion, organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting along with Ficci. The India Pavilion will also see the launch of T for Tajmahal, poster of Bhonsle by actor Manoj Bajpayee and producer Devashish Makhija, and actor Dhanush-starrer Indo-French co-production The Extraordinary Journey Of Fakir. Jacob, Joint Secretary, (ED), Ministry of External Affairs; Censor Board Chairperson Prasoon Joshi, Censor Board member Vani Tripathi Tikoo, filmmakers Shaji N. He agreed that the distribution mechanism for regional cinema isn’t great within India itself, but said things are changing due to streaming platforms like Amazon and Netflix, which have enabled their global reach. Tikoo feels the domestic boundaries within Indian cinema need to go. On the red carpet too, there will be women power galore as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Huma Qureshi and Mallika Sherawat will be seen walking the red carpet for various brand endorsements, while actors like Rasika and Tillotama Shome will represent their movies. Bala, known for patriotic videos like Vande Mataram and Jana Gana Mana, pointed out that in the last several years, most Indian films which have got a positioning at foreign fests are regional titles. “With a strong Indian delegation at the festival, we are positive that the world will see the diversity of our cinema and the exceptional cinematic talent our country possesses,” Leena Jaisani, Assistant Secretary General, Ficci, told IANS. “With the presence at Cannes Film Festival, the idea is to get them into the market, find a larger distribution stream and to work on existing co-production treaties,” Bala told IANS. The prestigious film jamboree, where Nandita Das’ Manto and Rohena Gera’s Sir are in separate competition sections, will get underway in the French Riviera on Tuesday. The other delegates will include Ashok Kumar Parmar, Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; Vinod K. 2018-05-07T15:32:06+05:30″>
Published: May 7, 2018 3:32:06 pm

Cannes Film Festival will begin on May 8. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App She rued how films from languages other than Hindi find relevance within India after gaining “olive branches”, referring to the laurel wreaths that movies flaunt after touring international film festivals. Related News
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