India’s 100 years of filmmaking to be recognized at this year’s Cannes
People who send money to India are making a wire transfer so that their kids and family members can live more comfortably. This comfort is not only materially but also for entertainment, as the film industry is solidly supported by Indians who frequent the theater as they immerse themselves in whatever happens to be showing at the cinema.
At the Cannes Film Festival, India will be saluted for having produced thousands of films over the past 100 years.
Each year in France, theater goers and film industry professionals gather at Cannes to celebrate movies in general and also put a spotlight on upcoming film releases throughout the world. The event usually lasts about a week-and-a-half in May. This year, the Cannes Film Festival starts May 15 and ends May 26.
The film festival has been held for more than 65 years in France, and has taken on various formulations and traditions. For example, in 2011, festival organizers honored Egypt for its contributions to the industry and did the same for Brazil last year. In 2013, India will be saluted.
Theirry Fremaux, general delegate for Cannes, noted that India is in an elite class of countries that have produced some of the film trade's best works.
"The Festival de Cannes is delighted to celebrate one of the most important countries in the world of cinema," said Fremaux. "[It is] a country with a prestigious history and tradition, one whose current day and creative impulses are a perennial example of vitality."
What will no doubt be recognized as having a heavy influence on the film world today is India's "Bollywood" culture. This word combines the "B" in Bombai – which was the former name of the country's capital, Mumbai – and Hollywood, which is also a place, but has become synonymous with film because so many movies are shot and produced in the California city.
At least six Indian films to be showcased
According to entertainment news website BollywoodLife, many soon-to-be released Indian films will be spotlighted, such as "The Music Teacher," produced by Sarthak Dasgupta. The thrust of the movie revolves around a school teacher who is preparing to reacquaint himself with a former student of his for the first time in many years. The question is whether the girl, who has gone on to be quite successful in the music world, will still have the strong feelings for him that she had back when she was his pupil.
Another film that's slated to be showcased is Pratim Gupta's "Ink." This story follows a down-on-his-luck journalist, who through happenstance stumbles on a story that could send the show business world into a tailspin.
Then there's Kvanjit Singh's "Television." BollywoodLife notes that this film documents the experiences of three men who are going through different life stages – one who's about to get married, another who's a single-parent of a 3-year-old boy and a senior that's adjusting to retirement and the struggles that can materialize.
The hope – both among Indian film enthusiasts as well as the movie producers who spend years developing them – is that at least one movie will turn out to be so popular that it becomes world-renowned.
If history is any guide, these and other films have an excellent chance. Several Bollywood films have won prestigious awards over the years, including "Neecha Nagar" in 1946, "Amar Bhoopali" in 1951, "Do Bigha Zamin" in 1954 and "Pather Panchali" in 1955. A more recent film to be bestowed with Cannes Camera d'Or award was "Marana Simhasanam," back in 1999.