So almost all the fans around are gushing over what our very own Bollywood actresses are wearing at the Cannes, everyone is busy looking for Deepika’s white floor-length gown or Kangana’s modern retro style or Sonam’s whatever avatar. I mean fine, you are appreciating their looks but have you ever questioned the fact that what are they even doing there when there’s no single film that any of these actresses are representing. They’re just and just representing a mere cosmetic brand at the Cannes every freaking year but can’t ever come up with a good film up their sleeve.
As many as 1,854 feature films were submitted to be part of the 2019 Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival worldwide this year. As many as 39 nations are represented as production or co-production countries. And yes, India is NOT one of them.
Filmmaker Onir questioned, "What are we supposed to celebrate about Cannes 2019? The cinema that's being celebrated or just the clothes our actors wear and the parties they attend? Somehow that is all that seems to be talked about."
India is known to be the largest film producers in the world, but no film from the country made it’s way to the competition categories. There was nothing to take pride of the key sidebars Director's Fortnight, Un Certain Regard and Critics' Week this year either except for—Achyutanand Dwivedi's three-minute short film Seed Mother, which won the third prize in the international section of Nespresso Talents 2019.
National Award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who is also a part of the government-led delegation, found it "unfortunate" that Indian cinema had nothing to show in the gala, but said the prerogative of the festival line-up rests with the jury.
"The jury decides what movies should be shown, and we should respect what they want. We should be proud because people have taken India seriously in terms of our cinema, our digital content... People are watching Indian cinema in a big way. They know our stars very well.”"The overseas business of our films with big stars has escalated in a huge way. We are taking steps ahead and that's a good thing. There are other countries whose movies aren't there, but the prospects, initiatives, and interaction are very essential to have India on the global map," Bhandarkar told IANS.
To make way to the big festival, Bhandarkar said it was essential that Indian filmmakers follow the likes of Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak kind of cinema with "Cannes value".
We really feel sorry as Indians that we couldn’t have significant showtime at the Cannes this year. The film makers should and people from Bollywood should rather keep in mind that Cannes is all about films and not fashion.
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