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May 17, 2023

India's Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. L Murugan, to lead a delegation to Cannes Film Festival from 16th to 27th May

Cannes Film Festival

New Delhi, India, May 14, 2023 — Dr. L. Murugan, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, will lead the Indian Delegation to Cannes International Film Festival this year. Dr. Murugan will proudly walk the red carpet in traditional Tamil attire, ‘Veshti,’ on Cannes’ inaugural day, showcasing the rich Indian Culture. Accompanying him on the red carpet will be renowned filmmaker Ms. Guneet Monga of The Elephant Whisperers fame; Ms. Manushi Chillar, Indian actress, model, and the winner of the Miss World 2017; Ms. Esha Gupta, actress, and Kangabam Tomba, Manipuri actor. It’s a true honor for India to be represented by such a distinguished group at this prestigious event.

The India Pavilion, with the theme “Showcasing India’s Creative Economy,” was designed by the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad to present India’s global community. The pavilion’s design was inspired by the Saraswati Yantra, an abstract representation of the goddess Saraswati, who represents knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning. Drawing inspiration from India’s national flag colors, the pavilion’s colors include saffron, white, green, and blue. Saffron represents the country’s strength and courage, white symbolizes inner peace and truth, green represents fertility, growth, and auspiciousness of the land, and blue represents the law of dharma and truth. India has abundant talent, and the Indian Pavilion will provide a platform for the Indian Film community to sign distribution deals, greenlight scripts, crack production collaborations, and network with the world’s leading entertainment and media players.

It’s exciting news that four Indian films have been selected to be a part of the official lineup at the Cannes Film Festival. Kanu Behl’s Agra is set to have its world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight, making it his second film to debut at Cannes after Titli in 2014, which was shown in the ‘Un Certain Regard section. Anurag Kashyap’s Kennedy will also be featured in Midnight Screenings and “Nehemich” in the La Cinef section of the Festival de Cannes. Additionally, several other Indian films will be screened in Marche du Films. Finally, the ‘Classics’ section will showcase a restored Manipuri film, ‘Ishanhou.’

During the Festival, India Pavilion has arranged various interactive sessions to promote India’s film industry and foster international partnerships. These sessions include showcasing India as a prime filming destination and co-production partner, collaborating with international film commissions, facilitating distribution collaboration between nations, engaging with key film markets and festivals worldwide, and highlighting the significant contribution of women in cinema beyond just employment.

The Cannes Film Festival has always held a special place for India and France, serving as a coveted platform for cultural exchange. India was honored as the Country of Honor at the Marche du Cannes last year, and now the success of Indian films at the Oscars, including RRR’s “Naatu Naatu” and The Elephant Whisperers’ Oscar win in the Best Documentary Short Category, demonstrates the expanding global appeal of Indian storytelling.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India


Cannes 2023, India, Sara Ali Khan

Photo: Indian Actress Sara Ali Khan at Cannes. May 16, 2023. Image credit: Sara Ali Khan/Instagram.

Cannes 2023, India, Mrunal Thakur

Photo: Indian Actress Mrunal Thakur at Cannes. May 18, 2023. Image credit: Mrunal Thakur/Instagram.

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