Indian cinema at the 65th Cannes Film Festival


This year, the 65th Cannes Film Festival highlighted three independent Indian films in its main selections.

Indian director, screenwriter and producer Ashim Ahluwalia, whose documentary film “John & Jane” had its world premiere in Toronto festival in 2005, was present in the official selection, “Un Certain Regard”, with his first fiction feature film “Miss Lovely”.

Producer, writer and director, Anurag Kashyap was doubly present this year on the Croisette. His action drama “Gangs of Wasseypur” was shown at The Directors’ Fortnight, while his home production, Vasan Bala’s "Peddlers" has been selected in competition at the Critics’ Week. Considered one of the leaders of new age Hindi cinema, Kashyap had written and produced "Udaan", which was selected in “Un Certain Regard” in 2010.

What’s more, the Indian project "The Untold Tale" of director Shivajee Chandrabushan was one of 15 projects selected for “l’Atelier de la Cinéfondation.”

At the invitation of the French National Centre of Cinematography (CNC), two particularly active young Indians participated in the Producers’ Network: producer Guneet Monga, who works with Anurag Kashyap (Anurag Kashyap Films), and director-producer Onir (Anticlock Films), who was recently awarded the National Film Award for his film “I AM”.

Also worth noting was that the young director Bikas Mishra, founder and chief editor of, was one of the four members of the "Jury Révélation France 4" of the Cannes Critics’ Week, a new category of awards that reflect the passion and enthusiasm of young moviegoers for new filmmaking talent.

The selection of these three films at Cannes reflects the amazing vitality of Indian independent film productions, which international audiences are yet to discover.

An important point is the emergence of “crowdfunding” which is a new mode of financing feature films in India and particularly in the commercial capital of Mumbai. Quite a few producer-directors like Onir and Anurag Kashyap have financed their films ("I AM", "Peddlers") through social networking websites.

- About Miss Lovely:
Ashim Ahluwalia’s debut feature film Miss Lovely has been selected in competition of the “Un Certain Regard” section of the 65th Cannes Film Festival.
Miss Lovely is set in the Bombay from the mid-80s. It is the story of two brothers, Vicky and Sonu, who produce sleazy C grade films and end up falling for the same woman. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Niharika Singh and Anil George.

The last Indian film to be screened in “Un Certain Regard” was Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan in 2010.

- About Peddlers:
Indian thriller Peddlers directed by Vasan Bala has been selected for the competition of the 51st edition of the Cannes Critics Week.
Peddlers features Gulshan Devaiah, Kriti Malhotra and Nishikant Kamat. Director Vasan Bala was the associate director in Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna and assisted Anurag Kashyap in Dev D.
Cannes Critics Week, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival showcases first and second feature films by directors from all over the world.

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Last modified on 28/05/2012

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