Dr Murugan will be walking the red carpet wearing the traditional Tamil attire ‘Veshti’ to showcase the rich Indian culture on the inaugural day. He will be accompanied by filmmaker Guneet Monga of The Elephant Whisperers fame, Miss World 2017 winner Manushi Chillar, Esha Gupta, and acclaimed Manipuri actor Kangabam Tomba, whose restored film ‘Ishanau’ will be screened in Cannes Classic Section this year.
The India Pavilion is being conceptualised and designed by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad with the theme – ‘Showcasing India’s Creative Economy’ to the global community. The pavilion design has been inspired by the Saraswati Yantra, the abstract representation of goddess Saraswati, keeper of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom and learning. The colours of the pavilion draw inspiration from the vibrant colours of India’s national flag – saffron, white, and green, and blue.
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur will address the Inaugural Session through a video message to showcase India as a global hub for content creation at the 76th edition of Cannes Film Festival.
Four Indian films have made it to the official selection this year. Kanu Behl’s Agra will be his second film to have its world premiere at Cannes, at the Directors’ Fortnight. His 2014 debut film, Titli, was unveiled at the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section. Anurag Kashyap’s Kennedy will be screened in Midnight Screenings and Nehemich in the La Cinef section of the Festival de Cannes. A restored Manipuri film ‘Ishanhou’, will be showcased in the ‘Classics’ section. Apart from these, many Indian films have been slotted to be screened in Marche du Films.
Apart from this, a series of interactive sessions will be organised throughout the festival at India Pavilion.