Shabana Azmi's flashback to Cannes Film Festival 1976

Shabana Azmi, Shyam Benegal and Smita Patil in Cannes, 1976

Actor delights Twitter followers with photographs from the launch of Nishant with Smita Patil and Shyam Benegal

As the 70th Cannes Film Festival took place this month, we were enjoying this series of photographs from its 1976 edition, featuring actors Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil and director Shyam Benegal, who were in town to launch their film, Nishant.

Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi,

Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi,

Azmi shared the images of the trio standing in the sunshine on Twitter a few weeks ago, adding that, because there was no money to promote the film, the women walked down the promenade in saris, attracting attention and inviting people to their screening. “It worked,” she said. “House was full.”