Interview: Sobhita Dhulipala calls Cannes 2024 ‘incredible year for Indian films’ | Bollywood

Marking her impactful return to the illustrious Cannes film festival after eight years, Sobhita Dhulipala experiences a flurry of nostalgia and national pride. As she graces the red carpet, renowned for both cinematic celebration and setting fashion trends, Sobhita is delighted by the unprecedented buzz around Indian cinema at the esteemed event. (Also read: Cannes 2024: Sobhita Dhulipala shines in sparkling jumpsuit by Namrata Joshipura, priced at 1.8 lakh)

Sobhita Dhulipala represents Magnum India at the esteemed Cannes film festival.

In 2016, Sobhita’s journey at Cannes began with the screening of her debut film, ‘Raman Raghav 2.0′, in the esteemed Directors’ Fortnight section. In the present year, she proudly represents India, partnering with the cherished brand, Magnum India, as she takes the festival’s brown carpet by storm.

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Reflecting on Her Cannes Comeback

“The essence of our culture and creativity is shared through the narratives of our films. I am honored to re-enter the world of Cannes, first introduced through ‘Raman Raghav 2.0′ at Directors’ Fortnight. Now, associating with Magnum, a brand close to my heart, brings immense joy,” Sobhita conveys with enthusiasm.

She continues, “Representing my country in partnership with a brand dear to my tastes is a true delight. Being part of their global expansion and joyous celebrations gives me a sense of merriment.”

This year’s debut look at Cannes deviated from conventional gowns. Sporting a jumpsuit, Sobhita displayed a modern fashion assertion. For her first appearance at Magnum’s “Welcome To The Pleasure Express” soiree at Cannes 2024, she selected a piece crafted by renowned Indian designer Namrata Joshipura.

At a separate event, Sobhita dazzled in a gold-embellished bodycon from the Indian fashion house, Itrh.

Elaborating on her partnership, she says, “I was excited to join Magnum in their Cannes expedition. Our collaboration, which started at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, was evident to bear fruit for the long-term.”

Discussing Indian Cinema at the Festival

This year, Sobhita is amongst the likes of Aishwarya Rai, Kiara Advani, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Jacqueline Fernandez, who infused Indian elegance into the global platform.

Indian films are also receiving noteworthy attention, with notable works such as Sandhya Suri’s ‘Santosh’, ‘Sunflowers Were The First Ones To Know’ by Chidananda S Naik, the digitally restored classic ‘Manthan’, Radhika Apte’s ‘Sister Midnight’, and Payal Kapadia’s ‘All We Imagine As Light’.

Sobhita earnestly states, “This year is monumental for Indian cinema at Cannes, with seven extraordinary films showcased. The prospects are thrilling, and I eagerly await our tales to resonate with the audience and gain the appreciation they are due.”

Sobhita also acknowledges the balance that the festival strikes between the glitz of the red carpet and the celebration of films, noting that iconic events like Cannes have been the birthplace of many cultural milestones.

“Renowned for a variety of reasons from film celebrations to fashion trendsetting, the lauded Cannes red carpet is a vibrant hub of artistic energy,” remarks the actor, who has garnered accolades for her role in the international production, ‘Monkey Man’, alongside Dev Patel.

Her Hollywood Ambitions

Following glowing reviews for ‘Monkey Man’, and her subsequent appearance at Cannes, Sobhita is open to more roles in international films.

“My passion is to be involved with compelling stories regardless of language or platform. Like my love for watching global cinema, I am equally eager to contribute to narratives that reach diverse audiences,” shares the ‘Made in Heaven’ actress, hinting at upcoming projects that promise to diversify her acting portfolio.

“With two intriguing ventures on the horizon, I’m excited for what’s next. Official announcements are forthcoming and these roles are unlike any I have portrayed before,” she concludes.

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