ollywood actress Vidya Balan will be part of the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious international jury, presided over by the American director and producer, Steven Spielberg.
Born in Ottapalam, a small town in Kerala, Balan would make South India proud. A region which has never had much of an international exposure – thank to Bollywood’s money and muscle power – South India may well be on Cloud Nine with Cannes bestowing the honour on Balan.
Balan herself could not have been happier, given the string of rejections which marked her early career in the initial years of 2000. She was labelled a jinx after her first movie opposite Mohanlal was shelved. She was also dropped from several other Malayalam works and at least one Tamil film.
But Pradeep Sarkar’s Parineeta (Hindi, 2005) – a story based on Bengali writer, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhya