Cannes Film Festival 2018: From Do Bigha Zamin to Titli, notable Indian films that have made the cut

It’s secure to say that India has had a chequered historical past over time on the Cannes Movie Competition. Lately, the juries haven’t been sort as no Indian movie made the reduce in 2017. In 2018, issues are slightly higher with 4 movies being screened on the pageant as Dhanush’s The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Manto, Tillotama Shome’s Sir and Dinakar Rao’s Asthi will search to wow audiences on the French Riviera.

Within the years passed by, nonetheless, some Indian movies have actually impressed. On Throwback Thursday, allow us to have a look again at a few of best Indian work to make it to Cannes.

Neecha Nagar

It began with the Chetan Anand basic Neecha Nagar which went on to win the Grand Prix at Cannes in 1946. Sadly, the movie, made over the past part of the liberty motion (1945-46) with all of the restrictions the British may implement, was by no means launched commercially in India. The movie depicted the sufferings and struggles of Neecha Nagar — the title deriving from a low-lying metropolis suburb — in opposition to a tyrant who diverts water provide to make earnings after which opens a hospital to nurse these affected by consuming contaminated water. It starred Zohra Sehgal and Uma Anand in pivotal roles.

Do Bigha Zamin

Do Bigha Zamin obtained Nationwide Award-winning director Bimal Roy honoured on the Prix Internationale at Cannes 1954. The Balraj Sahni-starrer is a straightforward story of a farmer who has been hit by the Bengal famine and can’t pay again the zamindar. Outlook known as it the “epitome of the socialist-humanist Indian cinema of the 1950s as married our conventional melodramatic components of storytelling with the neo-realism of Vittorio De Sica.”

Pather Pachali

1956 was maybe the 12 months for Indian cinema at Cannes as Bengali auteur Satyajit Ray’s work was recognised on the pageant. Primarily based on Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s 1929 Bengali novel of the identical title, Ray’s Pather Pachali is broadly thought to be the primary movie from impartial India that put the nation on the world map. It was the primary a part of the Apu trilogy which comply with a free-spirited little one in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent city scholar and eventually a delicate man of the world.

Pather Panchali. Fb

Salaam Bombay

Mira Nair’s well-known debut movie Salaam Bombay was a few runaway boy eking out a dwelling as a tea-seller in Mumbai’s infamous red-light space. It adopted the lifetime of a younger child Krishna who has come to the massive metropolis to earn Rs 500 and nurtures the dream of going again to his mom sometime. The Nationwide Award-winning movie starred Shafiq Syed as younger Krishna, and launched the profession of Irrfan Khan. Raghuvir Yadav and Nana Patekar performed the roles of a drug addict and a pimp respectively.


Devdas, impressed by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1901 novella, featured Shah Rukh Khan as Devdas, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Paro and Madhuri Dixit as Chandramukhi. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie was a cinematic marvel with the revelry of dance and music, and a tragic love story splashed with myriad feelings. It was screened at Cannes in 2002.

Madhuru Dixit and Aishwarya Rai in Devdas. Twitter/@Palunquita

Devdas. Twitter/@Palunquita


Hanging simply the fitting chords with its small city setting and sumptuous performances by Rajat Barmecha and Ronit Roy, Vikramaditya Motwane’s debut movie was a breakout hit and its brilliance was recognised at Cannes 2010. It informed the story of a younger boy returning dwelling to an alcoholic, abusive father and the way he pursues his dream of being a author whereas attempting to guard his half-brother from their father.


Kanu Behl’s debut movie Titli was screened in Cannes as a part of the Un Sure Regard part in 2014. It revolved across the unstable relationship between two brothers, one among whom runs away from dwelling to flee his oppressive household however turns to a lifetime of crime. The movie starred Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and newcomer Shashank Arora. The title Titli or butterfly, is used as a metaphor for the fluttering wings of the lead character (Arora) named Titli, who’s stressed and desires to interrupt free from the shackles of his gory household and be let loose into one other world to search out his paradise.

Titli. YouTube screenshot

Titli. YouTube screenshot

With inputs from IANS

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