Cannes festival list out on Thursday, will India make it?

By HT

The Cannes Film Festival will announce its list of movies on April 18 in Paris. The question is how Indian will this summer be at Cannes?

The Festival’s 66th edition is special for India. For it will be the Country of Focus, with 100 years of Indian cinema being celebrated on the French
Riviera.

Of course some may object to 2013 being the centenary year. Yves Thoraval says in his book, The Cinemas of India, that “chronologically, the first Indian fiction film – a success needles to say – was the religious movie, Pundalik (1912), directed by Nanabhai Govind Chitre, Ram Chandra Gopal Torney and PR Tipnis.”

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke or Dadasaheb Phalke came with his fiction feature, Raja Harishchandra, only a year later in 1913. Ye