Kiara Advani, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shekhar Kapur congratulate All We Imagine as Light on Grand Prix win: Crowning glory | Bollywood

A host of Bollywood luminaries such as Kiara Advani, Swara Bhasker, Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, Radhika Apte, Anurag Kashyap, and Bhumi Pednekar extended their heartfelt congratulations to filmmaker Payal Kapadia on her film “All We Imagine as Light” bagging the Grand Prix at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2024. This marked a momentous occasion as the film not only represented the first Indian entry to compete in the festival’s premier category in thirty years but also showcased the first female Indian director to achieve this honor. (Read More | At Cannes Film Festival, “All We Imagine As Light” writes history with Grand Prix win.)

Director Payal Kapadia alongside “All We Imagine as Light” team following their Grand Prix triumph at Cannes.

Stars Applaud “All We Imagine as Light” at Cannes

Kiara Advani expressed her congratulations on Instagram Stories, posting the Cannes Festival’s update with a caption of “Congratulations” adorned with trophy and heart emojis. Bhumi Pednekar re-posted an update from MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, adding a simple “Bravo” and clapping hands emoji. In her own Instagram Stories, Radhika Apte congratulated the “beautiful and incredible people behind this film,” while Swara Bhasker exclaimed “Amazing!” on her account.

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Aditi Rao Hydari penned a heartfelt message on Instagram, highlighting the importance of this achievement amidst the cacophony higher than the nation’s myriad voices. She celebrated the independent film and its first-time director’s success at Cannes as the zenith of cinematic endeavors in India, emphasizing this milestone’s lasting impact on the industry. Aditi finished with words of love and pride for the filmmakers, hailing this as a moment of unabashed Indian triumph.

Tovino Thomas also took to Instagram, lauding the remarkable accomplishment for Indian cinema, as “All We Imagine as Light” scripts a historical chapter with the Cannes Grand Prix victory.

Renowned director Shekhar Kapur tweeted his admiration for the win, stating, “Payal Kapadia’s ‘All We Imagine as Light’ claimed the Grand Prix at Cannes! An honor for her and her team. It seems India’s presence at Cannes this year is particularly eminent. This award marks the third and most significant recognition for Indian cinema.”

Shekhar Kapur's tweet about the film's win.
Shekhar Kapur congratulates Payal Kapadia on Twitter.

Industry Insiders Celebrate Payal Kapadia’s Achievement

Mini Mathur shared a video snippet from the award ceremony on her Instagram Stories, remarking on the significance of an Indian film vying for the top accolade at Cannes after three decades. She drew attention to the win being Payal Kapadia’s first and lauded the all-woman actors’ role in bringing the story to life.

Saba Azad, alongside clapping emojis, reposted a Brut post reflecting on the necessity to fund and support genuine talent and independent cinema, emphasizing that these treasures of Indian filmmaking are now receiving global attention and deserve equal respect back home.

Soni Razdan re-shared the Festival de Cannes’s Instagram announcement, her message filled with incredulity and excitement: “OMG. This is incredible! Huge congratulations, Payal Kapadia and team!”

Praise Continues for “All We Imagine as Light”

On her platform, Richa Chadha celebrated the victory as “HISTORIC,” expressing joy and admiration for the team behind “All We Imagine as Light” and emphasizing the challenges independent filmmakers face. She found the Grand Prix win particularly thrilling.

Richa Chadha expressing the film's historic win.
Richa Chadha hails the film’s win as ‘historic’.

Husband and actor Ali Fazal reverberated the excitement with a celebratory tweet, and director Sujoy Ghosh echoed these sentiments, expressing pride for the team’s success. Anurag Kashyap shared a screenshot of the announcement and congratulated Payal Kapadia on Instagram, calling her the beacon of hope and inspiration.

Ali Fazal's tweet.
Ali Fazal voices his excitement on Twitter.

Inside “All We Imagine as Light” and Director Payal Kapadia

Payal Kapadia’s directorial debut feature “All We Imagine as Light” was celebrated with an Instagram post from the Cannes Festival itself, reading, “The Grand Prix is awarded to ALL WE IMAGINE AS LIGHT by PAYAL KAPADIA.” The film received an overwhelming eight-minute standing ovation at the screening.

Taking the audience on a journey with Prabha, a nurse whose life undergoes a profound transformation after an enigmatic gift from her estranged husband emerges, the film delves into her surreal quest along with her roommate Anu to a coastal hamlet where a mystical forest beckons as a haven for dreams.

“All We Imagine as Light” arises from an Indo-French collaboration, with France’s Petit Chaos and India’s Chalk and Cheese Films backing the venture. Payal Kapadia had previously clinched the Golden Eye award at Cannes for her documentary “A Night of Knowing Nothing.”

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