Cannes film festival: How the world sees India

Leading curator and festival consultant Meenakshi Shedde writes for Live Mint about how Indian cinema is perceived by the arthouse circuit

Let’s start with a rapid-fire question: In which section did Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas play at Cannes? Answer: the clumsily named Out of Competition section in 2002, playing alongside George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode II—Attack Of The Clones, Brian de Palma’s Femme Fatale, Woody Allen’s Hollywood Ending and Fernando Meirelles’ Cidade De Deus. Feel free to turn apoplectic or faint gracefully if you wish, but there it is. The truth is, this business of dissecting in which festival section a film was selected is more for film-makers and festival insiders than the public. Bhansali will forever legitimately be Cannes royalty, and no one can take that away from him.

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