The 70th Cannes Film Festival flagged off once again with all the glitz and glamour and some great on-screen artistic work. While the celebs made their presence felt with their red carpet appearances, the French Riviera made the news all week long with poster launches, screenings, gossips and the like. Let’s have a look at India’s presence at the Cannes Film Festival 2017.
India didn’t fair as well at Cannes this year with only one short-film making it to the official selection. Afternoon Clouds was the 13-minutes long film directed by the third year student of the Film and Television Institute of India, Payal Kapadia, that gained appreciation for Indian cinema, the largest producer of films in the world.
Apart from the above, the trailer of Chef Vikas Khanna’s Buried Seeds, a film based on his own life story, was also screened at the film festival. The movie is an adaptation of the book with the same name written by Vikas Khanna as an autobiography.
Priyanka Chopra debuted as a producer of the Sikkimese film, Pahuna, which is based on the story of love, strength and courage of three Nepali children. It’s trailer was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival, with new hopes for Indian cinema in the future.
Actress and filmmaker, Nandita Das, was also seen at the festival endorsing her upcoming project, Manto. The film is a biography of the Urdu writer Sadat Hasan Manto, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Manto will release at the end of this year in Hindi with subtitles for the global audience. For her red carpet appearance, Nandita Das wore a beautiful gold and peach sari. The first look of Manto was screened at Cannes with an aim to seek foreign distributors.
Also, the second poster of Majid Majidi’s next film, Beyond The Clouds, was released at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The internationally acclaimed Iranian director is all set to make his next film in India.
While Indian cinema seemed cold at Cannes this year with very little to be proud of, the showcase of prada was high on glamour. Celebrity actresses like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor made it to the red carpet in all their splendour. Aishwarya being the seniormost in terms of Cannes appearances, stole the flashes with her Cinderella dress designed by Filipino designer Michael Cinco.
Aishwarya walked the Cannes red carpet on May 19th and 20th. Apart from the Cinderella dress, she wore a stunning red gown by Ralph Russo, grabbing attention from everyone. She made her first Cannes appearance in 2002 when she was the brand ambassador of L’Oreal Paris.
It was Deepika’s much awaited first appearance at the Cannes Film Festival as the new brand ambassador of L’Oreal Paris. She wore a Marchesa gown on the first day followed by a Brandon Maxwell dress on the next which is also shown in the above image.
Sonam Kapoor’s Cannes journey started back in 2011. She wore a golden Elie Saab gown on the first day, as is shown above, and chose to wear a stylish dress designed by Anamika Khanna on the second day.
The little delight who made news around Indian papers was Aradhya Bachchan. She accompanied her mother to Cannes and was seen wearing beautiful little dresses herself. Coming out as a poser for the cameras flashing on her, Aradhya seems have adapted to her legacy already.
Though there was no significant show of art by Indian cinema at Cannes, the industry is hopeful of making the cut next time. With some powerful films in line to be released this year, experts of the industry look forward to more proud appearances at the festival in the years to come.