Cannes: It is thumbs up for India`s to be prime minister Narendra Modi at the ongoing 67th Cannes Film Festival at the South of France.
A large chunk of Indian contingent are bullish on a Modi-led BJP government that will have a comfortable mandate in the 16th Lok Sabha.
"On behalf of the entire Indian film fraternity, we congratulate Narendra Modi on the massive victory. We are confident that the Indian film industry will get a new lease of life under the leadership of Narendra Modi,” said Ravi Kottarakara, President of Film Federation of India, which has a footprint across India.
Modi has been buzz at Cannes and the talking point at the boat party hosted by CII on Thursday late night under the chairman ship of Ashok Amritraj for the initiative at Cannes.
Kulmmet Makkar, CEO, Film & TV Producers Guild of India, said: “The change is always important and the new government with a clear mandate is great for the Indian film sector. We have positive hopes from the BJP-lead government.”
As many as 20 celebrities are here to participate in the film fest and there were naysayers on Modi`s victory too.
But filmmaker Sudhir Mishra said, "We have to respect the verdict of the people.”
“The change is always good. I am an independent filmmaker and continue to make independent films," he added sharing his views on Modi`s victory.
The “Chameli” director also said that he has no qualms in stating that: "I am not a `biriyani secularist`.”
Talking about Indians filmmakers` impact at Cannes, Mishra praised Anurag Kashyyap and said he has done more to India at Cannes individually than the Indian government.
Frank Stehling, MD, PrimeHouse GmbH, who works closely with Indian filmmakers on co-production and re-make rights of films, said his business partners have a great deal of confidence in Modi.
"All I can say is that my business partners are optimistic of the change in government in India and it will be business friendly and benefit the industry," he said.
Meanwhile, foreign filmmakers are hopeful that permission for shooting locations and process of engagement with India will be less bureaucratic and transparent in the new BJP led government.