Indian cinema is a joke at Cannes: Livid producer

Indian cinema is a joke at Cannes: Livid producer
Thanks to Saurabh

Subhash K Jha, TNN
“It’s nothing but mutual masturbation,” expostulates Sheetal Talwar from Cannes after the ‘India Party’ on Monday night which Talwar describes in his livid condition as “frigging farce and waste of the Indian government’s precious money.”
Producer Sheetal Talwar who is a regular at the annual Cannes jamboree, says this year’s report-card for Bollywood at Cannes is deplorable. “We’re a f…ng joke at Cannes. Every year we hear of this or that film going to Cannes .The fact is, hardly any Indian ever makes it into the competitive section. Even this year apart from Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, all the other films that you hear about being at Cannes are in non-competitive sections. You only have to go through Cannes’ official programme to realize the truth of what I am saying.”

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13 Responses to “Indian cinema is a joke at Cannes: Livid producer”

  1. Ami:
    Anurag Kashyap seems to agree with Sheetal Talwar’s opinion about Indian cinema at Cannes:

    Indian director Anurag Kashyap, who is at the Cannes film festival to showcase one of his projects, is hoping to change the country’s reputation as ‘a joke’ at the event.

    Kashyap`s five-hour epic named ‘The Gangs of Wasseypur’ is being premiered as a part of the Directors` Fortnight strand.

    “The buzz is reassuring because we have often come here and were the big joke,” the BBC quoted him as saying.

    Indian film is often linked with Bollywood musicals, but many dramas have grabbed distribution deals at Cannes.

    Kashyap insisted that the breadth of movies on offer in Cannes indicates how independent Indian cinema had changed. “There is a lot that is happening in India,” he said.

    Five Bollywood films will be screened at Cannes this year

    “It“s going through real change in the kind of film-makers that are coming through and the kind of stories that are being told, the kinds of film being made and the kind of films that are working at the box office,” said the filmmaker.

    Kashyap“s film, which had its world premiere at Cannes on Tuesday, is split into two and narrates the story of a bloody feud over several generations.

    Bollywood still takes the major share of earnings at Indian box offices, but Kashyap insists that the internet is the main driver of cinematic change.

    He asserted that more independent movies were now being seen by the audiences in India. “In India, it“s only Bollywood and Hollywood that find mainstream distribution.
    “To see films which have been shown at festivals, people started going on to the internet to watch and started to be exposed to films they could relate to,” he said.


  2. The above poster is of the wrong film. the Miss Lovely poster is here-


  3. well they got the movie wrong, ‘mr. lonely miss lovely’ is a different film starring nandana sen


  4. tonymontana Says:

    every marketing team seems to be jumping on the bandwagon in coming up with ‘pulp’ posters.. worked earlier with OSO, Ishaqzaade etc


  5. ideaunique Says:

    this Talwar couple is the same who shouted against Big B when his film was chosen for Oscar against their Dharm? what a bunch of hypocrites…..if IC is a joke -what they are doing there on govt. money? get out of that place


    • sanjana Says:

      But the points raised by them are quite valid.

      Many Indians associate Cannes with Ash and not films.
      Even media projects what was worn by our heroines.
      Thus no one takes Cannes seriously.
      It is just one more show or tamasha.


  6. tonymontana Says:

    So will satyam agree now that Ash certainly doesnt know what she does there year after year? 🙂


  7. Like the poster!


  8. Miss Lovely shocks Cannes audience
    By Bollywood Hungama News Network ,May 30, 2012 – 17:10 hrs IST

    After the Miss Lovely premiere in Cannes, Jonathan Romney of leading UK film magazine Sight & Sound stated, “A brief word for Miss Lovely in Un Certain Regard. This started off as a shock to the system – an Indian film like I’d never seen.” On the director, Ashim Ahluwalia, Romney says, “He’s a very impressive talent, and given the oppressive conventions of the Indian film industry, he’s clearly an independent spirit and then some.”

    Early reviewers expecting a thriller were taken off-guard by the film’s strong art-house style and unusual storytelling technique. They may have been too quick to write it off, however, as major international critics have since weighed in.

    Alissa Simon of Variety says, “Ashim Ahluwalia makes an impressive transition to features with Miss Lovely, an atmospheric tragedy set in the sordid world of Bombay’s exploitation-film industry during the late 1980s. Those who go with the flow will find the thrill is in the Mumbai-born, Bard College-trained helmer’s bravura and baroque visual style, one that owes as much to docu and experimental filmmakers as to Scorsese, Welles and von Sternberg, plunging viewers into the characters’ social milieu.”

    Simon Jablonski of AnOther Magazine writes: “Among all that glitters at Cannes Film Festival, there was little quite as visually spectacular as Miss Lovely, directed by Ashim Ahluwalia as part of India’s New Wave scene. Constantly moving and switching between genre pieces – a gangster flick then a love story then an art house film. Stylistically it’s reminiscent of 90s Chinese cinema such as Chungking Express than anything you’d associate with the Bollywood tradition.”

    Since its premiere in Cannes, there has been growing international interest in the usual film and the director. On May 25th, The New York Times and International Herald Tribune carried full-page profiles on Miss Lovely titled “Mumbai in The Bad Old Days.”

    Miss Lovely has since been sold to numerous international territories including to distributor Ad Vitam of France.


  9. Jalpari shines at Marche du Cannes
    By Bollywood Hungama News Network ,May 30, 2012 – 17:02 hrs IST

    After the international success of I Am Kalam, which won over 20 international awards and one national award and went to over 55 film festivals across the globe, Nila Madhab Panda’s new feature film Jalpari – The Desert Mermaid, produced by Sushilkumar Agrawal of Ultra Distributors Pvt Ltd, started its international journey with a screening at the Marche Du Cannes (Film Market) of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.

    The first market screening of the film, which had its theatrical release shortly, got a fantastic response from buyers and other participants of the festival on May 17, and already there has been an enthusiastic response from more buyers for the second screening which was on May 23, Agrawal said here.

    Both Panda and Agrawal are busy meeting prospective buyers and film festival curators at Cannes, and the film will soon start its journey in the festival circuit. Talking about the film Panda says, “My new film is ready. As the film was not complete earlier, I could not send it for official selection in Cannes, but we brought it to the market and got a fantastic response here. We have got invites from many festivals already”.

    “The story of Jalpari is largely based on the issue of female foeticide, but it has been treated as an adventure thriller and journey film. Indian children’s cinema is now attracting a lot of interest in foreign markets, and like I Am Kalam, Panda’s Jalpari will also surely be a great success,” added Agrawal.

    The film will see the debut of Delhi kids Lehar Khan and Krishang Trivedi in the role of the protagonists, while Harsh Mayar, who won the National Award for the best child actor for his performance in I Am Kalam, essays an important character too.

    The senior artistes in the film comprise a highly-talented ensemble of Parvin Dabas, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Rahul Singh, Suhasini Mulay and V M Badola. Jalpari will release in Indian theatres on July 20, 2012.


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