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Regional Representation At Cannes Amplified This Year

Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai

It was this year’s National Film Awards’ committee’s chairperson Shekhar Kapoor who  said there  was  no regional cinema any more.That in fact, Bollywood  would soon  become regional at the rate which the various states are  churning  out cinematic  marvels.

Looks like Smriti Irani was listening  to  Shekhar.She has decided to considerably  strengthen the “regional” presence at  the Cannes Film Festival to be held from May 8-19.

The Union Minister for Information & Broadcast Ministry had spoken about the power of regional cinema while in a conversation with Karan Johar at FICCI Frames inauguration in March this year. Going forward, she wants to ensure Indian Films reach global platforms. The journey has started with a delegation traveling to Cannes Film Festival this year. The idea would be to promote the diversity in films being made in India. With films being made in so many languages, the minister doesn’t want to restrict cinema to just Hindi films.

 At Cannes several  of the most prominent National Award winning films of 2018, would also  be screened.

The  official delegation to Cannes  led by Smriti Irani  will  include Mr. Prasoon Joshi, Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification, Ms. Vani Tripathi Tikoo, Member Central Board of Film Certification, Mr. Shaji N. Karun, Film Maker, Mr. JahnuBarua, Film      Maker and Malayalam actress  Parvathy TK.

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