Cannes takes an Indian film as an afterthought
In what seems like a consolation prize for Indian cinema, a feature produced by Shekhar Kapur exclusively for the 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be screen out of competition.
Titled Bollywood, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, its inclusion in the Festival (May 11 to 22) has just been announced, and it will evoke a sigh of relief for a nation which never ceases to boast that it is the world’s largest producer of cinema.
Yet, it invariably finds itself unrepresented or misrepresented or underrepresented. And Cannes, often described as the queen of festivals, is one classic case where India has been trying hard to break the barrier.
Bollywood, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told began with a conversation with Kapur, a member of the Festival’s main jury in 2010.