Cannes 2023: Inauguration of India Pavilion, Mrunal Thakur's debut & other highlights of Day 2
Cannes (France), May 18: The ongoing 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is leaving no stone unturned to surprise the cinephiles, with Indian stars also trying their best to add desi colours to the tiny French town.
Union Minister L Murugan inaugurated the India Pavilion on Day 2 of the Cannes Film Festival. Along with the minister, Oscar-winning producer Guneet Monga, Sara Ali Khan, Madhur Bhandarkar, Vijay Varma, and Khushbu Sundar were present.
The Union Minister attended the inauguration in a traditional Veshti as an ode to the Indian culture.
"We are witnessing an era where Indian content is going from local to global and saving the medium, entertainment, across the globe. The Indian government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji recognizes the importance of the film industry and is providing an environment for its growth and development. During this G20 presidency, we are placing a special emphasis on the significance of culture and tourism. We aim to leverage the power of media and entertainment for our common goal of 'One Family, One Future," Murugan said.
Sara also hailed Indian cinema, saying "We should be proud and even more vocal of the culture that we have and that we should be able to bring to the rest of the world."
"I think cinema and art transcend language, regions and nationalities. I think we should come together and while we are here on a global stage representing our country, we should continue to not forget who we are so that we can remain organic in the content that we create because I think that's exactly what resonates with the rest of the world," she added.
Guneet Monga, an Oscar-winning producer, was pleased to be a part of the India pavilion.
"Honoured to be a part of the Indian Pavilion Inauguration at Cannes Film Festival 2023 with Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Dr L Murugan, Khushbu Sundar, Sara Ali Khan, Madhur Bhandarkar and Vijay Varma. Truly resonated with Dr Murugan when he rightly said 'India is well placed to become the world's leading content creator'," Monga said on social media.
Taking to social media, Mrunal share a picture and wrote, "Thank you @falgunishanepeacockindia for this absolute stunner and for making me feel like the #DesiGirl I am."
"I am thrilled to be attending the Cannes Film Festival for the first time. It is an honour to represent Grey Goose on such a prestigious platform. I am looking forward to interacting with global filmmakers, exploring new opportunities, and showcasing the talent that Indian cinema has to offer," Mrunal said about her Cannes debut.
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