Cannes Film Festival Celebrates 100 Years of Indian Cinema

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The prestigious international film festival rolled out the red carpet for Indian cinema’s 100th birthday. The events include a gala dinner and screenings of Randeep Hooda’s new film Bombay TalkiesMonsoon Shootout, and Anurag Kashyap’s phycological thriller, Ugly. This year marks 100 years since the release of India’s first feature film, Raja Harischandra, and a step into contemporary Indian cinema

Aishwarya Rai, Freida Pinto, Vidya Balan, Mallika Sherawat, and Amitabh Bachchan have made quite a presence at Cannes’ as they celebrate this momentous anniversary and promote the Indian film industry.

Bachchan has been particularly adamant about stepping out of the shadow of Hollywood. ”I just feel that the Indian film industry has its own identity and to be referred to in matching terms with Hollywood is perhaps not correct,” Big B told reporters at a press conference for The Great Gatsby.

“If Indian cinema can break out of the shadow of Bollywood and be seen just as cinema from another country, like Thailand or Japan or Turkey, that would be the greatest achievement for Indian cinema,” Dibakar Banerjee, one of the four directors of Bombay Talkies, told Associated Press. “And that’s started to happen, so that’s what I’m happy about.”