India can become content hub of world, says Modi as he wishes success to Cannes delegation

Multifariousness of our film sector is remarkable, PM observed

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets members of the Indian community during an event in Copenhagen | Twitter (File) Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, wished Indian delegation that is attending the Cannes Film Festival "resounding success."

Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur will lead the Indian delegation that include film personalities like Shekhar Kapur, A.R. Rahman, Prasoon Joshi, R. Madhavan, Tamannaah Bhatia, Vani Tripathi, Pooja Hegde and folk artist Mame Khan for the red carpet event ahead of the screening of opening film Coupez (Final Cut) by Michel Hazanavicius.

In a note, the prime minister said he is "delighted" to learn about India's participation as a Country of Honour at the Marché du Film - festival de Cannes.

"As India celebrates its 75th year of independence, the 75th anniversary of Cannes Film Festival, as well as 75 years of Indo-French diplomatic ties enhance the pride and joy associated with the momentous milestones."

Films and society are mirror images of each other. Cinema showcases human emotions and expressions in an artistic manner, binding the world together with a common strand of entertainment,” his note read.

Observing that India is the largest film producing country in the world, the PM said, "With films in many languages from different regions, the multifariousness of our film sector is remarkable. Rich heritage and cultural diversity are India's strengths."

We have a lot of stories to be explored, he said, adding, India truly possesses immense potential to become the content hub of the world.

Government of India remains steadfast in its efforts towards furthering case of doing business in the film sector, he said in the note.

"It is heartening to note that a film by one of India's most renowned film makers, Shri Satyajit Ray, has been restored for screening at the Cannes Classics section, when India is celebrating the birth centenary of the legendary film maker."

"This edition of Cannes Film Festival is special in many ways. Many Start-ups from India will showcase their strengths to the cinema world. The India Pavilion will display facets of Indian cinema and promote international partnerships and learnings."

Modi concluded his note, saying, "Best wishes for resounding success of the Festival.”

India will be showcasing five movies— Baghjan (Assamese) by Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia, Bailadila (Chhattisgarhi) by Shailendra Sahu, Ek Jagah Apni (Hindi) by Ektara collective, Follower (Marathi) by Harshad Nalawde and Shivamma (Kannada) by Jai Shankar - under the Goes to Cannes Section.

These movies are part of the 'Work In Progress' lab under the Film Bazaar.