The tribute to Bollywood, from Cannes

Mumbai, April 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) The Film Festival at Cannes, which is a revered confluence of the multifaceted and multi dimensional film culture existing across the world, will also showcase a documentary of Indian origin. The celebration which will get underway at the French Rivera on the 11th of the coming month will screen forty nine films from thirty three countries.

The film representing India at the International forum takes on the name of ‘Bollywood- The greatest love story ever told. The said documentary which has been jointly directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeffery Zimbalist will feature in the festival’s non competitive section. The much celebrated director with an exposure to film making at the international level, Shekhar Kapur also has an important role to play as far as the making of this documentary is concerned. The film thrives on his ideas. Being one of the jury members in 2010, Kapur had suggested on a theme that highlighted the glorious moments of Indian cinema. The documentary which has Indian cinema at its apex upholds its dazzlingly enchanting musical saga. It’s a poignant and a composite expression of the multifaceted aspects which contributed to the making of Indian cinema, or more particularly Hindi cinema.

According to the organizers of this esteemed film festival, the documentary will definitely play a pivotal role in defining India’s standard in the context of the world; for the concerned documentary is also an ode to the rich cultural diversity epitomizing the essence of our country. One of the directors Om Prakash Mehra was pretty cool about the esteemed entry of his documentary. The official section of the same film festival will feature the film “Mushroom” which is a combined venture of India and Sri Lanka “Udaan” a directorial venture of Vikramaditya Motwani was screened last year in the prestigious meeting point at Cannes. It happened to be the first Indian film to be showcased in the competitive section.

Catering to the palette of Indian audience, the film revolved around the development of a teenager following his return to the industrial city of Jamshedpur- the youngster’s hometown. The film produced by Anurag Kashyap won rave reviews at Cannes. The year 2004 saw the screening of Mehboob Khan’s classic “Mother India” in the festival’s coveted section dealing with old classics. The film belonging to the yester years exercised an ecstatic sway on the Europeans. As part of striking an international poise Bollywood big shots have gone in for their own private screening for the purpose of influencing audience at the international level, Hritik Roshan’ much focused “Kites” was officially introduced at the film festival in Cannes. Even a part of Mani Ratnam’s Raavan was unveiled in the similar film festival. Raavan featuring Aishwarya and Abhishek Bacchaan was unveiled in the presence of the existing couple. Undoubtedly, the privilege attributed to the concerned documentary will unfold the Indian tradition centering on a rich amalgam of content and music in respect of film making. Indian cinema has really come of age, with director and producers thinking beyond the realm of commercial success. The alternate genre of film making is also to be credited for giving its own share of films rich in artistic content; a necessary feature which has contributed to the global exposure.