The shocking truth about Indian cinema at the Cannes Film Festival is that everything we sent in for testing this year was quickly rejected.
While the polite version of the snub says the content sent was unsuitable, they found our films all the easier this year.
Instead of hanging our heads in shame at the rejection or defiantly asking why it makes a difference to us whether Cannes agrees or not, why we're so obsessed with women (mind you, not men) who run on the red carpet ?
The last week all portals and newspapers in India went on and on about the Bollywood actresses who walked the red carpet, their clothes, accessories etc. But what about the films? What did Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam K Ahuja, Deepika Padukone and Mallika Sherawat represent in Cannes besides themselves? Where was the cinema Last year Nandita Das took her away Manto to Cannes. There was nothing this year.
Mallika's case is particularly fascinating. Her career bottomed out many years ago. She is still a regular Cannes woman. What is she going there for? Why do the cameras click them on the red carpet? Do you even know who she is?
The very good actor Imaamulhaq (seen in remarkable films like Filmistaan. airlift. Phullu and the upcoming Nakkash) has a fun experience to share in Cannes. "I was at the Cannes Film Festival last year and represented my film Nakkash, And I was thrilled to walk on the red carpet. But believe me, not a single camera clicked on me. I was discouraged. Then I noticed that they clicked on every lady who walked the red carpet, talked to them about their dress, etc., but nothing about their films. Then I realized that it wasn't about cinema. It was about clothes. If I had known, I would have put on a dress and gone to the festival. "
(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are the personal views of the author and do not reflect the views of ZMCL.)