Cannes Timeline: From Chetan Anand To Payal Kapadia - A Glorious Run By Indian Filmmakers

A nonetheless from All We Think about is Mild

New Delhi:

India’s affiliation with the Cannes Movie Competition is as previous because the world’s most anticipated showcase of world cinema, whose 77th version will open within the French Riviera on Tuesday.

It started with Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar successful the then highest award, Grand Prix du Competition Worldwide du Movie, within the competition’s inaugural 12 months — 1946. The gritty movie shared the honour with David Lean’s Transient Encounters.

Slightly greater than half a decade later, V. Shantaram’s Amar Bhoopali (1952), a Marathi biopic on a poet and musician Honaji Balai within the early nineteenth century, and Raj Kapoor’s basic Awaara (1953) have been nominated for the Grand Prix, however couldn’t get the coveted prize; Shantaram’s movie, nevertheless, gained an award for greatest sound recording.

After these close to misses got here 4 back-to-back trophies for Indian movies that made it to the competitors part at Cannes — Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zameen (1954) acquired the Worldwide Prize; Child Naaz acquired a Particular Point out as Youngster Artiste for Boot Polish (1955), produced by Raj Kapoor; Satyajit Ray’s debut movie Pather Panchali acquired the Palme d’Or for Finest Human Doc; and eventually, in 1957, Rajbans Khanna’s Gotama Buddha earned him a Particular Point out (Brief Movie) as Director (Hrishikesh Mukherjee, by the way, was the movie’s editor).

Then adopted an prolonged drought, though Satyajit Ray’s Parash Pathar (1958) and Devi (1962), have been nominated for the Palme d’Or, adopted by M.S. Sathyu’s Garam Hawa (1974), which had been shortlisted for the Grand Prix.

Mrinal Sen ended this lengthy wait together with his movie Kharij (1983) — he needed to be content material with the Jury Prize, although, regardless of being nominated for a Palm d’Or. Within the following 12 months, Satyajit Ray’s eponymous movie based mostly on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel, Ghare Baire, was additionally nominated for the Palme d’Or, however the grasp needed to return empty-handed.

Since then, Indian movies have been making their presence felt, although all of them could not have grabbed the headlines.

In 1988, Mira Nair gained the Digital camera d’Or Viewers Award for her debut characteristic movie, Salaam Bombay!. Shaji N. Karun acquired a Digital camera d’Or Particular Point out for his acclaimed Malayalam movie Piravi (1989) about Prof. T.V. Eachara Warrier, whose college-going son was killed in police custody through the Emergency.

In 1991, Deepa Mehta gained a Digital camera d’Or Particular Point out for ‘Sam & Me’, although the movie was listed as a Canadian manufacturing. That 12 months turned out to be doubly particular for India after Aribam Syam Sharma’s Ishanou, a movie within the Meitei language, was nominated for the highest award within the competition’s Un Sure Regard phase. It was a primary for any movie from India’s North-East.

Then got here the double excellent news of 1994. Malayalam director Shaji N. Karun’s Swaham was nominated for the Palme d’Or — an honour that has come 30 lengthy years later to Payal Kapadia. Satyajit Ray’s son Sandip Ray’s Bengali movie, Uttaran, acquired the nomination for the Un Sure Regard Award. Each movies, nevertheless, didn’t get the award that they had been nominated for.

In direction of the top of a dry Nineteen Nineties, Murali Nair’s Marana Simhasanam (1999), a Malayalam movie concerning the first execution by electrical chair in India, gained the Digital camera d’Or, an award that goes to the very best first characteristic movie.

What adopted within the opening many years of the 2000s have been minor however not insignificant awards. These have been for Manish Jha’s A Very Very Silent Movie (2002; Brief Movie Jury Prize); Gitanjali Rao’s animated movie Printed Rainbow (2006; Grand Rail d’Or Viewers Award); and Ritesh Batra’s celebrated Irrfan Khan-starrer The Lunchbox (2013; Grand Rail d’Or Viewers Award).

Karan Johar’s Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh (Bombay Talkies), the four-in-one package deal of brief movies celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema, was nominated for the Queer Palm in 2015 with out success.

Lately, Kanu Behl’s neo-noir crime drama, Titli, acquired nominated for however didn’t win the Digital camera D’Or in 2014. Within the following 12 months, 2015, Neeraj Ghaywan’s acclaimed movie Masaan, starring Richa Chadha and Vicky Kaushal (it was his debut movie), gained the FIPRESCI Prize within the Un Sure Regard part.

Gurvinder Singh (Chauthi Koot; 2015) and Nandita Das (Manto; 2018) have been nominated however didn’t come residence with the Un Sure Regard Award.

Payal Kapadia, who’s in competition this 12 months for the Palme d’Or for her debut characteristic movie All We Think about is Mild, gained the Golden Eye for her documentary, A Evening of Realizing Nothing in 2021, and within the subsequent 12 months, Delhi’s Shaunak Sen went residence with the identical award for All That Breathes, which additionally made it to the Oscars shortlist.

Because the curtains go up on Cannes, all eyes might be on Kapadia’s movie about two nurses who’re tortured by their relationships and what they uncover once they take a street journey to a seashore for a vacation. It has been 30 years since an Indian movie was chosen to compete for the Palme d’Or. Shaji Karun wasn’t profitable in 1994. Will Payal Kapadia script historical past in 2024?

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