In a proud moment, India has been named as the first ‘Country of Honour’ at Marche du Film or Cannes Market, which runs in parallel to the Festival, whose 75th edition began on Tuesday. And, Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will screen 6 Indian movies at the Market that are not part of the Cannes’ official selections.
Here are the 6 Indian films that would be screened at the Cannes Film Market:
1. Rocketry – The Nambi Effect (Hindi, English, Tamil)
R Madhavan’s directorial debut Rocketry – The Nambi Effect is based on the real-life story of Nambi Narayanan. Nambi Narayanan was a former scientist and aerospace engineer at the Indian Space Research Organization. In 1994, Narayanan was charged with leaking vital defense secrets. He later fought his case and got a verdict from the Supreme Court in 1996. R Madhavan is in the lead and Sharukh Khan is in the guest appearance.
2. Godavari (Marathi)
Nikhil Mahajan’s Marathi feature Godavari will also be screened at the festival. The film follows the story of a man named Nishikant Deshmukh and his family who are trying to cope with the death of two close relatives.
3. Alpha Beta Gamma (Hindi)
Shankar Srikumar’s romantic comedy Alpha Beta Gamma revolves around a woman, her soon-to-be ex-husband and her to-be husband, who are stuck together during the Covid-19 lockdown.
4. Boomba Ride (Mishing)
Biswajeet Bora’s Boomba Ride is said to be a satire on corruption in India’s rural education system. The story is around an impoverished school where there is only one student named Boomba.
5. Dhuin (Maithili)
Dhuin revolves around an aspiring actor, who is trying hard to make ends meet by doing street plays. Directed by Gamak Ghar famed Achal Mishra, the film was previously screened at the 22nd Mumbai Film Festival.
6. Niraye Thathakalulla Maram (Malayalam)
Directed by Jayaraj, the film is the story of a boy who helps a blind old man, who doesn’t remember much but his name, find his way back to his home.
Apart from the aforementioned films, Satyajit Ray’s 1970 film Pratidwandi will be presented in an exclusive screening. The film was screened at the Festival de Cannes in 1956.