Sun, 19 May 2013 10:52:19 GMT

Indian I&B Ministry felicitates Anurag Kashyap at Cannes

Cannes, May 18 (PTI) Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has been felicitated by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for his initiatives to take Indian films on to a global platform.

The ceremony took place during an interactive session at the NFDC India Pavilion at the ongoing 66th Cannes Film Festival.

Kashyap, 40, will be conferred the top French cultural honour, Chevalier dans l''ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) on May 20, as announced by the French Embassy in India, recently.

During the session, the ''Black Friday'' famed director appealed to the Ministry for easier procedures to facilitate production of more films in this space.

He also asserted that the announcement of space for independent cinema in Delhi was a positive step, and urged for more such spaces across the country.

India is the guest country at the Festival which is celebrating the 100 years of Indian cinema.

Kashyap is returning to Cannes Directors'' Fortnight with his film ''Ugly'' after screening his two-part crime saga ''Gangs of Wasseypur'' in the same section last year. He has directed a segment of ''Bombay Talkies'', having a gala screening at the festival.

Kashyap is also involved as a producer in two other Cannes selections -- ''Monsoon Shootout'' and ''Lunch Box''.

Addressing a full house Kashyap said bringing out these films and giving them their due credit not only in India but at a global level, needs to be a collective effort, and not only driven by a concerned selected.

The producer-director also emphasised that in his own case, it was not just him, but his entire team of producers, directors, and technicians who have contributed to the success of his films.

Secretary, Ministry of I & B Uday Kumar Varma, said that success of Indian cinema not only lies in its acceptance among a larger global audience but also in its unique cinematic approach.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan opened the two-week long festival with his ''The Great Gatsby'' co-star Leonardo DiCaprio on May 15. Bollywood actress Vidya Balan is part of the prestigious nine-member jury headed by Steven Spielberg. PTI JCH KND

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