The 75th Cannes International Film Festival has started with a bang and we have been working overtime to keep up. This year is extra special for all of us as India is the ‘country of honour’ at the Marche’ Du Films and it is the first country to be chosen. From one glamourous outing to another, Indian celebs are ruling the red carpet and Indian cinema is topping the film premiere list at the festival.
The information and broadcasting ministry has picked six films for screening at the Cannes Film Market and we are here to tell you all about them. Here we go:
R Madhavan’s trilingual film Rocketry – The Nambi Effect marked the actor’s directorial debut and the film has garnered everyone’s attention. The film is based on the life of Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer working at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) who was charged with leaking vital defence secrets. In a media interaction, Madhvan opened up on the film’s premiere at the Cannes film festival and shared, “I’m very excited and nervous as well. As an actor itself, if your film is going to the Cannes film festival, you are already nervous. And now as a director, and that too my debut film, I really don’t know what to feel. I have got knots in my stomach”
One of the most hard-hitting films from Maithili cinema, Dhuin tells the story of Pankaj, played by Abhinav Jha, an aspiring actor who is making ends meet by performing street plays. While he wishes to make it big in the film industry, he also tries to balance his family responsibilities. The film is directed by Achal Mishra and produced by Achal Chitra.
Marathi film Godavari is a story of grief, heartache and healing. The film follows the journey of a man named Nishikant Deshmukh and his family who are trying to cope with the death of two family members. The film is set in present-day Nashik and is bankrolled by Blue drop Films and Jitendra Joshi Pictures.
Shankar Srikumar’s romantic comedy Alpha Beta Gamma is every bit interesting and hilarious! The film is based on the life of a woman who is stuck with her soon to be ex-husband and her to-be husband during the Covid-19 lockdown. The film stars Nishan Nanaiah, Amit Kumar Vashisth, and Reena Aggarwal in the lead roles.
Malayalam film Niraye Thathakalulla Maram is an emotional tale of a blind man trying to find his way back to his home. It is directed by Jayaraj and the film was earlier selected for IFFI (International Film Festival of India) and IFFK (International Film Festival of Kerala).
Biswajeet Bora-directed Assamese movie, Boomba Ride, is said to be a satire of corruption in India’s rural education system. The story revolves around an impoverished rural school where there is only one student named Boomba. In an interview, the filmmaker shared his delight about the movie’s selection at the prestigious film festival and said, “The selection of Boomba Ride, among many films, including Assamese, to this prestigious film festival is nothing short of a great opportunity to showcase not just regional or Assamese cinema, but a low-budget creation depicting real life in the reel, at an expense between Rs 12 and Rs 13 lakh.”
From films to the red carpet, it is fair to say the spotlight is on India at the Cannes Film Festival and we are living for it!
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