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Indian celebrities glitter at Cannes

The who’s who of world cinema are converging at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in France. India is also making its presence felt there with the country’s pavilion drawing attention of stars and foreign producers alike.

At the India Pavilion, deliberations are taking place on Indian films and film industry. The Indian delegation is in talks with delegations from other countries. On the table are proposals to forge a close bond between Indian and world cinema and expand co-operation in films beyond national borders by exploring co-production opportunities.

The Indian delegation held talks with film-makers from Israel. In discussions with Film Commissioners of countries participating in the festival, the Indian Delegation has been highlighting the possibility of India emerging as a major post production hub and a hub for shooting world class international movies by forging bilateral co-production agreements leading to new markets and wider audiences.

In an apparent endorsement of the growing influence of Indian films, Israel has proposed India as the focus country in Jerusalem Film Festival, 2020. National award winner Kangana Ranaut visited the India Pavilion and discussed a range of issues with Indian representatives.

Lyricist and CBFC Chairperson Prasoon Joshi too was among the visitors at the India Pavilion. The head of the Indian delegation Amit Khare endorsed Kangana’s views. Internationally acclaimed actor Tannistha Chatterjee appreciated The India Pavilion.

While no Indian film may have made it to the Competition Category, 2 films made in Jharkhand are showing their impact at Cannes. In a proud moment for India, 2 regional films, ‘Lohardaga’ & ‘Phulmania’ were screened in the festival. At Cannes, India is also promoting the golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India to be held later this year in Goa.

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