Cannes film festival is a yearly film festival conducted in the city of Cannes. This year India played a huge part of the festival. There were over 15 artists who represented India for the first time in the history of the Cannes festival. These many artists from India represented the country in such a huge forum. This is because of the title handed over by Cannes as the country of honour. Apart from the high number of artists attending the festival a special honour was that Deepika Padukone was a part of the jury.
Recently, India has seen a growth in its film industry. While Bollywood was synonymous to India, the south industry has been breaking barriers. A good number of south films have been reaching not only a larger Indian audience but also global audience. Credits for this is to the rise of the pandemic and films switching to OTT platforms. Films like Pushpa, RRR and KGF have given south films a recognition as they were released in multiple languages across the globe. Senior film artistes like Sanjay dutt were asked about the line between film industries in India vanishing, he said: “South film industry has not forgotten heroism, however, Bollywood has forgotten heroism.” While such a pivotal discussion was happening amidst Indian stars, an honour by the Cannes such as a country of honour is a matter of great pride.
Stardom at the Cannes Film Festival 2022
Stars such as Aditi Rao Hydari, R Madhavan, Aishwarya Rai Bacchhan walked the Cannes carpet. Union minister Anurag Singh Thakur led the group. Few others like A R Rahman, Mame Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tammanah Bhatia, Urvashi Rautela and Kamal Hassan also attended the film festival. Deepika Padukone was part of the jury alongside Rebecca Hall, Jeff Nicholas and others. India being a country of honour in the 75th Cannes festival is a special moment. As the Indian film industry can see the lines blurring between Bollywood and the south industries, they can reach farther as one whole industry. May the best films win!
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