Indian cinema now has an ever growing experience with Cannes film festival as a bunch of film makers from India have gone there and earned accolades for their master full work. Dhanush has done an international project by the name of ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir’ at film market section of the festival. Film has not hit the theatrical as of yet but anticipation is a lot as the story is quite fascinating. Dhanush essentially works in Tamil cinema and sometime in Hindi but an international mega budget film would be the first in his resume.
Nawazuddin Siddique has gone to Cannes immense number of towns with films like ‘The Lunchbox’ and ‘Miss Lovely’, which were hugely appreciated by the critics. His last Cannes visiting film was Anurag Kashyap directorial ‘Raman Raghav’ which many people consider his best performance to date. This time Nawaz is heading to Cannes with Nandita Das directorial ‘Manto’, in which he has played a real life revolutionary writer Manto who raised his voice against the social structure at the time of indiscipline through his words.
Manto is known to be quite hell bent about his approach towards the work and society in general. Much as they tried, could never bog down the voice of Manto as he pointed out evils in political and social structure of the society by directly calling out the culprits. Manto has been in the works for a long time as Nandita is working on the post production to get it released soon. Manto won’t be entering competition and would rather stay in Uncertain Regard where films are watched by greats but not to rank amongst themselves. Tillotama Shome’s ‘Sir’ would be competing at the critics week section while Dinakar Rao’s ‘Asthi’ would try to nail it in the short film corner.