From Pather Panchali to Manto: India at Cannes through the years

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Published: May 8, 2018 6:43:27 pm

India’s journey at the Cannes festival began in 1946 with Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar. Apart from this, three Marathi films will also be showcased at the India Pavilion organised by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at the Cannes Film Market. The next few decades were a relatively dull period for India at the Cannes. On the other hand, Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0 premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight and an FTII student’s Gudh made it to the Cinefondation competition. (Source: Express Archive)
In 1955, child actress Naaz won the Special Distinction Award for her charismatic performance in Raj Kapoor’s Boot Polish. While he was made a jury member in 1982, his film Kharij won the Jury Prize the next year. A noticeable change was brought about by one of the greatest ambassadors of Indian parallel cinema — Mrinal Sen in the year 1983. And over the years, various Indian filmmakers and films have also made their mark at the pristine festival. While Gautam Ghose’s Antarjali Jatra was screened under Un Certain Regard, Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay! But 2014 became a dull year in comparison, with only Kunal Behl’s Titli being screened under the Un Certain Regard category. The following years saw Indian representation in the jury with Sharmila Tagore (2009) and Gitanjali Rao (2011). While the Kabir Bedi narrated documentary Mount of Excellence, SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali and Vikram Sengupta’s Memories And My Mother were screened parallelly, The Cinema Travellers was screened under the Cannes Classics category. Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin brought fame for India once again as it won the International Prize in 1954. The film won the prestigious Best Human Document Film Award and it is said that on its second viewing, it even went on to receive a standing ovation. Later in 1952, V Shantaram’s Amar Bhoopali, a period biopic of Marathi poet Honaji Bala, was nominated for the Grand Prize and it won the award for Best Sound Recording. Also, Veril became the first Tamil movie to be screened at the festival. Unlike last year, the 2018 iteration of Festival de Cannes, the annual cine-extravaganza at the French Riviera, will see quite a splash from India. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas marked the debut of mainstream Bollywood films at Cannes. While Nandita Das’s Manto has made it to the official selection under the Un-Certain Regard category, Rohena Gera’s Sir will get its world premiere at the International Critics’ Week this year. It competed against Bimal Roy’s Biraj Bahu in the official category. The Festival de Cannes, which is in its 71st edition this year, has seen the birth of a thousand cinematic mavericks since its inception in 1946. In 2002, Manish Jha’s A Very Very Silent Film won the Jury Award in the short film category. Tamil superstar Dhanush, who will be making his Hollywood debut with the Indo-French comedy-adventure The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir later this month, will also be present at the festival. While Amitabh Bachchan inaugurated the festival thanks to his cameo in The Great Gatsby, actor Vidya Balan and director Nandita Das were also selected as members of the International Jury Panel that year. Gurvinder Singh’s Chauthi Koot was the other entry that year. Satyajit Ray’s Ganashatru was also screened out of competition. Oriya film Indradhanura Chhai also competed for the Grand Prize. Peddlers, the first feature by Indian writer-director Vasan Bala, featured at Cannes’ Critics Week in the same year. Even Satyajit Ray’s Charulata was screened as part of the Cannes Classics. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai, who was also a jury member, Devdas was screened out of competition. Masaan was able to garner a standing ovation from the audience and it even won Special Prize for Promising Future award. Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi in Masaan. Rima Das’ Village Rockstars which was bestowed with the National Award this year had also made an appearance at the festival as it was one of four titles selected by the Hong Kong-Asian Film Financing Forum for Marche du Film (Cannes Film Market) section. The following year too saw the screening of Vicky Kaushal’s Masaan in the same category. 1956 was the glorious year that marked the debut of the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray with his debut feature Pather Panchali. In 2016, India made its presence felt with six Indian films. The film won the festival’s highest honour, the Grand Prix award (now known as the Palm d’Or) along with eleven of the eighteen other entries. Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur was also screened at the Director’s Fortnight that year. Another notable Bollywood moment came with the screening of Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan in 2010’s Un Certain Regard category. In 2012, Miss Lovely set in the sleazy Mumbai underworld became one of the most surprising entries to Cannes by India. While no awards were brought home, periodic Indian appearances were made at the festival – Satyajit Ray’s Parash Pathar and Devi, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas’ Pardesi, Bimal Roy’s Sujata, Mujhe Jeene Do by Moni Bhattacharjee, M S Sathyu’s Garam Hawa, Shyam Benegal’s Nishant and Mrinal Sen’s Ek Din Pratidin were some of the official selections. The same year also marked mainstream Bollywood’s grand debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas. India’s journey at Cannes began in 1946 with Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar. His film Khandahar starring Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah was screened in Un Certain Regard the subsequent year. 2013 was another splendid year that saw Indians shine at the international festival. Anthology film Bombay Talkies and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Monsoon Shootout were screened out of competition while Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur’s The Lunch Box was part of the International Critics’ Week. Neecha Nagar, starring Kamini Kaushal and Zohra Sehgal, was one of the first Indian films to gain global recognition. Filmmaker Satyajit Ray debut film’s Pather Panchali won the Best Human Document award at Cannes 1956. 1988 again marked another grand year for India at the Cannes. Amitabh Bachchan and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby. won both the Camera d’Or and the Audience Prize. In the early 90s, the Un Certain Regard category saw a number of regional Indian productions like Manipuri director Aribam Syam Sharma’s Ishanou, Shaji N Karun’s Swaham and Sandeep Ray’s Uttoran. Payal Kapadia’s 13-minute Dopahar Ke Badal became the sole Indian film in the 2017 official selection, as part of the Cinefondation competition for film schools across the world. Zohra Sehgal in a still from Neecha Nagar.