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Cannes 2022: India First-Time ‘Country Of Honour’; Talents To Walk The Red-Carpet

For the first time ever, Cannes announces India as the ‘official country of honour’ at the Marche Du Film (‘Cannes Film Market). The event coincides with 75 years of Independence. Also, the 75th anniversary of France-India diplomatic relations and the foundation of the festival.

Commencing May 17, 2022, several major names from Indian cinema will be attending. We earlier reported how Deepika Padukone is the sole Indian on the eight-member competition jury of the Cannes Film Festival. Other talents expected to attend include:

  • Bollywood superstar, Akshay Kumar

  • Academy-Award winner, AR Rahman

  • Acclaimed filmmaker, Shekhar Kapur

  • Popular actor, Hina Khan

  • Actor, Pooja Hegde

  • Actor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

  • Renowned folk singer, Mame Khan

  • Actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

  • South-Indian superstar/producer Nayanthara

  • Actor, Tamannaah Bhatia

  • Actor and politician, Vani Tripathi

  • Two-time Grammy-winning composer, Rickey Kej

  • CBFC chairman and award-winning lyricist, Prasoon Joshi

The red carpet event at the 75th Cannes Film Festival will be a gala event for Indian audiences, a press release issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday stated. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur will lead the delegation from India to Cannes.

Several movies will be premiering at the major fest. R Madhavan’s Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is set to have its market screening on May 19. Madhavan will walk the red carpet.

Delhi-based director Shaunak Sen’s documentary All That Breathes represents India at the main festival. It premieres in the Special Screening segment at the gala.

India will also showcase five movies at the Goes to Cannes Section. These titles are part of Film Bazaar’s Work-In-Progress (WIP) lab. These include:

  • Baghjan (Assamese, Moran) by Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia

  • Bailadila (Hindi, Chhattisgarhi) by Shailendra Sahu

  • Ek Jagah Apni (Hindi) by Ektara Collective

  • Follower (Marathi, Kannada, Hindi) by Harshad Nalawade

  • Shivamma (Kannada) by Jai Shankar

At the movie gala, a brand new restoration of master filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s rare movie Pratidwandi will also be presented at an exclusive screening. The classic is restored under the National Film Heritage Mission, a project undertaken by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Cannes 2022 wraps up on May 25, 2022.

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