Cannes 2024: Times when India shone bright at the film festival this year | Bollywood

During the prestigious 77th Cannes Film Festival, the brilliance of Indian cinema was on full display. Indian filmmakers and actors not only made their presence felt but also etched their names in the annals of the festival’s history. This year’s festival saw India’s cinematic excellence celebrated like never before, with noticeable landmarks set by creative talents such as Payal Kapadia and Anasuya Sengupta. (Also read: A landmark year for Indian cinema at Cannes 2024: Reflecting on a pivotal moment for the industry.)

Director Payal Kapadia’s film All We Imagine As Light bags the prestigious Grand Prix at the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

As the curtains closed on May 25th, the Cannes Film Festival was imbued with the essence of India through a series of remarkable moments that induced pride and joy.

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Historic Win for Payal Kapadia with Grand Prix Award

At the helm of landmark achievements, Payal Kapadia made history by clinching the esteemed Grand Prix for her inaugural feature film All We Imagine As Light. Remarkably, she is the first Indian director to garner the Grand Prix accolade. The film was honored with the festival’s second most prestigious award, following the Palme d’Or, marking it as a first for an Indian film in three decades and a premiere for an Indian woman director in the prestigious competition category.

Anasuya Sengupta takes home Best Actress accolade

Actress Anasuya Sengupta also broke new ground at the Cannes Film Festival by being the first Indian actor to secure the Best Actress award. Her absorbing performance in The Shameless, directed by Bulgarian filmmaker Constantin Bojanov won her praise in the Un Certain Regard section. The narrative revolves around a woman’s daring escape from a brothel in Delhi after a deadly encounter with law enforcement.

Cannes witnesses the grandeur of Bharat Parva

The illustrious Bharat Parva, an event showcasing the rich tapestry of Indian culture, food, crafts, and cinema, was introduced at Cannes by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s Secretary, Shri Sanjay Jaju. This celebration was a joint endeavour by the NFDC and FICCI, steered by the aegis of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India.

Celebrated film Manthan by Shyam Benegal returns in restored glory

The enhanced version of Shyam Benegal’s iconic film Manthan made a triumphant return at the Cannes Film Festival. The 1976 classic, which was inspired by the revolutionary dairy cooperative initiative led by Dr.Verghese Kurien, featured in the Cannes Classics section and was lauded with an extended standing ovation. Luminaries such as Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Smita Patil’s son Prateik Babbar, and Nirmala Kurien, the daughter of Dr. Verghese Kurien, graced the screening at the festival.

Santosh Sivan honored with Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens award

The Pierre Angénieux Tribute, a prestigious acknowledgement for distinguished careers and exemplary work in cinematography, was awarded to Santosh Sivan, making him the first Asian honoree of this distinction. The accolade was presented by the noted actress Preity Zinta.

FTII students make a splash with award-winning film

The creative voices from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) made their mark at the festival with their film Sunflowers were the first ones to know, directed by Chidananda S Naik, taking home the La Cinef Award. This film is based on a Kannada folklore and delves into the life-changing events following an old woman’s theft of a rooster. Another notable entrant was the animation film Bunnyhood by Mansi Maheshwari, which earned third place in the La Cinef competition.

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