Anupam Kher praises Payal Kapadia, Anasuya Sengupta; says ‘unknown’ Indians are getting ‘highest honours’ at Cannes now | Bollywood

Anupam Kher has spoken about content-centric films seizing the limelight. In a conversation with News18 Showsha, the seasoned actor discussed how ‘unknown’ individuals are now gaining recognition as he cited the example of Delhi influencer Nancy Tyagi, who made a remarkable red carpet debut at Cannes 2024. Also read: Indian cinema had a landmark moment at Cannes Film Festival 2024. Is the industry paying attention?

Anupam Kher was full of admiration for the Indians who impressed at Cannes 2024.

‘Look at what happened at Cannes’With All We Imagine As Light clinching the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival 2024, Anupam also discussed recent films such as Kiran Rao’s Laapata Ladies and Diljit Dosanjh-starrer Chamkila, both lauded for their narrative and performances. Anupam remarked, “Content is extremely vital nowadays. It always was, but now the audience is different. Look at what happened at Cannes – we have two unknown individuals (filmmaker Payal Kapadia and actor Anasuya Sengupta) receiving the highest accolades. It’s extraordinary.”

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Discussing Nancy Tyagi, the actor added, “A Delhi girl walked on the red carpet in a dress she stitched herself. The world is open to creativity – it always was, but now India is embracing creativity. What doesn’t touch the heart doesn’t leave an impact. You cannot belittle the audience by making them feel insignificant. They’re open to malls, they’re open to modern India, and significant cinema – they are accustomed to everything. You can’t now say, ‘See we are taking you to Switzerland.’ It’s not a major deal for them. But if the content is good, even a small film can succeed, and a large one too (If a small film is good, even it can work). I think it’s the end of pretension.”

From left: Divya Prabha, Payal Kapadia, Chhaya Kadam and Kani Kusruti after winning the Grand Prix for ‘All We Imagine as Light’ in Cannes on Saturday. (AFP)
From left: Divya Prabha, Payal Kapadia, Chhaya Kadam and Kani Kusruti after winning the Grand Prix for ‘All We Imagine as Light’ in Cannes on Saturday. (AFP)

Indians who wowed at Cannes 2024Payal Kapadia was honoured at the closing ceremony of the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival with the Grand Prix, the second highest award of the festival, for All We Imagine As Light. The moment was groundbreaking for Indian cinema. A day before the closing ceremony, the Un Certain Regard section awards were also announced. Two Indian films were in competition – Sandhya Suri’s cop drama Santosh starring Shahana Goswami, and Bulgarian director Konstantin Bojanov’s The Shameless. It was lead actor Anasuya Sengupta of The Shameless, who made history, becoming the first Indian actor to win an acting award. She was chosen as the Best Actress by the jury. Moreover, Sunflowers Were The First Ones To Know, a Kannada short film directed by FTII student Chidananda S Naik, was announced the winner of the La Cinef Award for Best Short Film.

Furthermore, Delhi-based fashion influencer Nancy Tyagi’s red carpet appearance at Cannes Film Festival 2024 garnered attention and even impressed actor Sonam Kapoor, celebrated for her fashion choices and numerous memorable Cannes red carpet looks over the years. Recently, Sonam re-shared Nancy’s Instagram Reel, displaying her graceful saree ensemble. Opting for her custom-made attire over Aishwarya Rai and Kiara Advani’s Cannes 2024 outfits, Sonam praised Nancy by stating, “Best outfit in Cannes.” She further requested Nancy to create an outfit for her, saying, “Make me something @nancytyagi__.”

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