India’s French Connection at the Cannes

Updated: May 07, 2011, 17:34 PM IST

The 64th Cannes Film Festival will kickstart from May 11 to 22, 2011 and the French Riveria is all set for some Bollywood action. At the prestigious film festival, actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 37, Freida Pinto, 26, Mallika Sherawat, 32, and Sonam Kapoor, 25, will walk the red carpet. While Aishwarya will be making her tenth appearance at the festival, Sonam will be making her debut.

Apart from the Bollywood beauties, actor Anil Kapoor is expected to be at the Cannes Film Festival as well. He will be promoting his upcoming project ‘Cities’. Roger Donaldson-directed ‘Cities’ will be launched at the Cannes Market, and Clive Owens will star in it along with Kapoor.

It’s further known that Saif Ali Khan will walk the haloed ‘red carpet’ at the Festival de Cannes 2011, courtesy an exclusive invitation from Cannes film festival partner and global luxury brand, Chivas Regal.

`Bollywood, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told`, a film that celebrates the dazzling world of Hindi cinema, will be screened at this year`s Cannes Film Festival. The 81-minute film, to be screened out of competition, has been produced by Shekhar Kapur and UTV motion picture and directed by `Delhi 6` director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and documentary filmmaker Jeff Zimbalist.

Here’s a list of prominent Indian films that have featured at the French Reveira over the years:

1946 ‘Neecha Nagar’ by Chetan Anand

1951 ‘Festival Time’, ‘Private Life of a Silk worm’ and ‘Rajasthan N degree 1’ by Mohan Dayaram Bhavnani.

1952 Amar Bhoopali’ by V. Shantaram in Feature film category and ‘Green Glory’ by M. Ahmed and ‘Rustic Delights’ by V. R. Sarma.

1953 Raj Kapoor’s ‘Awara’, then ‘Kumaon Hills’ by Bhavnani, ‘New Lands for Old People’ by Krishna Gopal and ‘The Great experiment’ by V.R Sarma.

1954 ‘Do Beegha Zameen’ by Bimal Roy, ‘Mayurpankh’ by Kishore Sahu, ‘Feminine fashions’ by Mohan Dayaram Bhavnani, ‘Folk Dances of India’ by Mohan Dayaram Bhavnai

1955 ‘Biraj Bahu’ by Bimal Roy, ‘Boot Polish’ by Prakash Arora, ‘Symphony of Life’ by T.A. Abraham, ‘The Golden River’ by Pittamandalam V. Pathy

1956 ‘Pather Panchali’ by Satyajit Ray, ‘Shevgyachya Shenga’ by Shantaram Athavale

1957 ‘Gotoma The Buddha’ by Rajbans Khanna , ‘Magic of the mountains’ by Mohan Dayaram Bhavnani

1958 ‘Parash Pathor’ by Satyajit Ray, ‘Mandu’ by Neil Gokhale

1959 ‘Lajwanti’ by Narendra Suri, ‘Taj Mahal’ by Mushir Ahmed

1960 ‘Sujata’ by Bimal Roy, ‘Shringar’ by Ravi Prakash

1961 ‘Kangra ET Kulu’ by N.S Thapa

1962 ‘Devi’ by Satyajit Ray

1964 Moni Battacherjee’s Mujhe Jeene Do in the feature film competition and Dr. Gopal Dutt’s Himalayan Lakes in Short film competition.

1968 Santi S. Varma’s short film ‘Akbar’

1971 ‘The Epitaph’ by Gurucharan Singh.

1974 M.S Sathyu’s ‘Garam Hawa’

1976 Shyam Benegal’s ‘Nishant’

1980 Mrinal Sen’s ‘Ekdin Pratidin’

1981 Mani Kaul’s ‘Satah Se Uthata Aadmi’

1982 Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s ‘Elippathayam’

1984 Mrinal Sen’s ‘Khandhar’

1988 ‘Antarjali Yatra’ by Goutam Ghose

1989 Ray’s ‘Ganashatru’

1991 Aribam Syam Sharma’s ‘Ishanou’

1994 Shaji Karun’s ‘Swaham’ and Sandip Ray’s ‘Uttoran’

1995, Susant Misra`s ‘Indradhanura Chhai’

1996 Srinivas Krishna’s ‘Lulu’

1997 Goutam Ghose’s ‘Gudia’

1999 Shaji N Karun’s ‘Vanaprastham’ and Murali Nair’s ‘Marana Simhasanam’

2002 Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas and Manish Jha’s short film A Very very Silent Film

2003 Murali Nair’s Arimpara was the last film to have made it to the Cannes

2010 Vikramaditaya Motwane’s ‘Udaan’

2011 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s docu-drama ‘Bollywood-The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’

Compiled by Bikas Bhagat