On Sunday, May 19, 2013 Indian Cinema’s official entry "Bombay Talkies" had its star-studded Gala screening at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2013. The premiere event took place in the beautiful French Riviera city.
Produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Flying Unicorn Entertainment, Bombay Talkies brings together India’s leading contemporary filmmakers, including Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee.
The screening for "Bombay Talkies" was attended by all of the film’s directors and producers, and celebrated 100 years of Indian Cinema. Bombay Talkies encapsulates the array of emotions through which millions of fans across the country are unanimously connected. It includes an exceptional castfeaturing Rani Mukherji, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem, withcameos by Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif. The film has opened to rave reviews in India and received appreciation from critics, celebrities and audiences alike.
In the presence of the French Minister for Culture Aurélie Filippetti and the Indian Minister of Tourism and Culture, the official speaker said that "There are three official flags this year in Cannes: the flag of France, the flag of Europe and the flag of India. This is not just a tribute to a country, but a celebration to another Indian Cinema, which goes alongside Bollywood and auteur cinema. This is the first Indian cinema which we are hosting and four representatives of that new cinema are present here tonight."
After a vibrant introduction for the directors and the film(Bombay Talkies), the four directors spoke about their excitement and pride at having "Bombay Talkies" showcased at the Cannes Film Festival 2013.
Anurag Kashyap said: "For years we've all been trying to break out and express ourselves in cinema and being here tonight underlines we are breaking new ground. Tonight means that we're doing something right."
Karan Johar added: "It was always a dream of mine and my fathers to be here in Cannes with a film. Walking out tonight with three of the most important filmmakers I know is a dream come true."
Zoya Akhtar said: "Thank you all for celebrating our birthday. This is more than a dream come true and I hope you will enjoy the film."
Dibakar Banerjee concluded: "To add to this wonderful introduction, I would just like to say that the four of us have struggled to get here like any other director out there: Anurag spent seven years struggling, now he has five films here. Karan single-handedly resurrected his father’s film business and became a director by chance. Zoya comes from a film family but struggled for six years before getting a script made into a big film. As for me, my father wanted me to be an engineer and that's it."
Ajit Andhare, COO Viacom18 Motion Pictures explained, "It’s second in a row for Viacom18 Motion Pictures at Cannes. We presented 'Gangs of Wasseypur' last year and now it’s 'BombayTalkies' at the Gala screening. That the anthology film has been loved in India shows a certain coming of age of the Indian audience. This film is therefore a fitting tribute to 100 years of Indian Cinema."
Ashi Dua of Flying Unicorn Entertainment, the co-producer of the film(Bombay Talkies) added: "Our film Bombay Talkies has made it to one of the most prestigious film festivals – Cannes. I am extremely happy that the film has received such an overwhelming response internationally. This means many more people across the globe will be celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema with us."
"Bombay Talkies" is one film which comprises of four short stories by the four directors and has an element of Indian cinema to it, whether its music, celebrity, dancing and acting. it is a celebration of 100 yrs of Indian cinema and the beginning of a new century of cinema for India.
About Viacom18 Motion Pictures
Viacom18 Motion Pictures is India's finest fully integrated motion pictures studio. In just two and a half years of operations, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has emerged as a force to reckon with by delivering a stream of critically and commercially successful films that have appealed to millions of Indians all over the world.
Viacom18 Motion Pictures has produced and distributed 20 Hindi and 13 Hollywood films in this short span of time. Viacom18 Motion Pictures also holds the rare distinction of having 11 titles in the last two years to have run successfully in theaters for more than 50 days - Golden Hits! The Studio has also backed path-breaking and much-appreciated creative work in the form of hits like "Special 26," "Kahaani," "Gangs of Wasseypur," "OMG - Oh My God!," "Shaitan," "That Girl in Yellow Boots," "Pyaar ka Punchnama," "Inkaar and Saheb" and "Biwi Aur Gangster Returns" to name a few.
Viacom18 Motion Pictures swept all the popular and critical film awards this year with "Kahaani," and "Gangs of Wasseypur" taking the top honors. 2013's slate promises to take the game even higher –"Bombay Talkies," "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag," "Madras Cafe," "Queen" and "Boss."
The strategic alliance with Paramount Pictures to market and distribute PPI line-up in the Indian sub-continent has seen blockbusters like "Transformers Dark of the Moon, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol," "Madagascar 3," "Hugo," "Paranormal Activity" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" to name a few.
Source and Images Courtesy: Cannes Film Festival
For more on "Bombay Talkies" and the latest news and reviews straight from the red carpet of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, please check EYES IN Magazine's EYES IN Film category as Editor-in-Chief, Vivian Van Dijk shares her experience with our readers from the French Riviera.