Cannes Film Festival 2018: Indian delegation to push Village Rockstars, Nagarkirtan and other regional cinema

May 7:National Award-winning films from Assam, Kerala, West Bengal and Lakshadweep will represent India's regional cinema prowess at the 71st Cannes Film Festival where a delegation led by Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani will push for their distribution and exhibition in the global market.
The prestigious film jamboree, where Nandita Das' Manto and Rohena Gera's Sir are in separate competition sections, will get underway in the French Riviera on Tuesday.
Assamese film Village Rockstars, Malayalam film Bhayanakam, Bengali movie Nagarkirtan, and Sinjar, a film from Lakshadweep made in the Jasari language, will be showcased at the festival's India Pavilion, organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting along with Ficci.
"With a strong Indian delegation at the festival, we are positive that the world will see the diversity of our cinema and the exceptional cinematic talent our country possesses," Leena Jaisani, Assistant Secretary General, Ficci, told . Irani, who has been persistent in drawing attention to the need to celebrate the country's regional cinema, will inaugurate the India Pavilion on Wednesday.
The other delegates will include Ashok Kumar Parmar, Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; Vinod K. Jacob, Joint Secretary, (ED), Ministry of External Affairs; Censor Board Chairperson Prasoon Joshi, Censor Board member Vani Tripathi Tikoo, filmmakers Shaji N. Karun, Jahnu Barua and Bharat Bala, as well as actress Parvathy.
Tikoo feels the domestic boundaries within Indian cinema need to go.
"It's either good or bad cinema. The thrust has to be on Indian cinema as good narratives are coming from every region," Tikoo told , adding that it's high time that as one of the largest film producing nations in the world, "we start respecting our cinema". She rued how films from languages other than Hindi find relevance within India after gaining "olive branches", referring to the laurel wreaths that movies flaunt after touring international film festivals.
"It should be the reverse," averred Tikoo, who said the idea behind taking such titles to Cannes - "the largest film market" - is to ease the struggle a bit for films which have fantastic narratives, but find it hard to get the right exhibition platform.
Bala, known for patriotic videos like Vande Mataram and Jana Gana Mana, pointed out that in the last several years, most Indian films which have got a positioning at foreign fests are regional titles. Agencies
Source: Agencies


  
  

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