Cannes 2022: Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised India’s selection as the ‘Country of Honour’ at the Marche Du Films – Cannes Film Festival 2022.
The Prime Minister praised India’s participation in the 75th annual international film festival. PM Modi also expressed his delight that Satyajit Ray’s Pratidwandi was selected for the Cannes Classics section. This year is particularly notable for India because Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone will serve as one of the jury members.
On his Twitter account, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur shared the PM’s official statement:
“As India celebrates its 75th year of independence, the 75th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, and 75 years of Indo-French diplomatic connections boost pride associated with monumental anniversaries,” PM Modi said in his statement. “Films and society are mirror pictures of one other,” the PM continued. Cinema artistically portrays human feelings and expressions, tying the world together through a common thread of amusement.”
Through cinema, the Prime Minister envisions India as a content hub!
The prime minister lauded India’s remarkable rise to become the world’s largest film producer. He predicted that India’s vast cultural diversity, which will be explored through cinema, will make it “the world’s content hub.” PM Modi also acknowledged “spellbinding locations, technological prowess in filmmaking, and talent of the people” in his speech of young men and women,” in Indian cinema.
According to the Prime Minister, “The Indian government remains committed to improving the ease of doing business in the film industry. India provides seamless opportunities to overseas filmmakers, from facilitating international film co-productions to maintaining a single window clearance procedure for filming clearances across the country.”
PM Remembers Satyajit Ray, the Legend!
PM Modi expressed delight that Satyajit Ray’s Pratidwandi had been restored for showing at the Cannes Classics section, at a time when India was commemorating the iconic filmmaker’s birth centennial. Thampu, a Malayalam social drama directed by Govindan Aravindan, will also be screened in the festival’s Classic section.
“Best wishes for a tremendous success of the Festival,” the prime minister closed his remarks. Deepika, who previously served as the chairwoman of the MAMI film festival, will now serve on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
The actress, who was previously known for her red carpet appearances and fashion statements at the festival, will now play a key part.