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Bombay Talkies team excited about Cannes gala screening

Plus: Centenary Film Festival comes to New Delhi.

Bombay Talkies, a movie dedicated to the centenary of Indian cinema, has been chosen for a gala screening at Cannes International Film Festival. Courtesy Viacom 18
Bombay Talkies, a movie dedicated to the centenary of Indian cinema, has been chosen for a gala screening at Cannes International Film Festival. Courtesy Viacom 18

Bombay Talkies, a movie dedicated to the centenary of Indian cinema, has been chosen for a gala screening at next month's Cannes International Film Festival. Co-produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Flying Unicorn Entertainment, the movie features four short films from the directors Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar. In a statement, Johar said: "I'm extremely honoured that our omnibus endeavour has been officially selected at Cannes. Can't wait to walk the red carpet with Dibakar, Anurag and Zoya." Akhtar says she's upbeat about her first visit to the French Riviera city. "I have never been to Cannes and I always felt if I go, it should be with a film," she said. Meanwhile Banerjee says he's "thrilled" about walking the red carpet with the trio "leading the way and representing Indian cinema". The Gangs of Wasseypur director Kashyap, who has almost become a regular at the festival, says he feels "happy to be back". Bombay Talkies, which comes out in India on May 3, stars Rani Mukerji, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem, with cameos by Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif. - IANS

Centenary Film Festival comes to New Delhi

More Indian film cinema centenary news: the six-day Centenary Film Festival kicks off on Thursday in New Delhi. Among the highlights of the event will be a screening of the silent film Throw of Dice, accompanied by a live orchestra; a play based on the life and times of Dadasaheb Phalke; the showing of classic and contemporary films; and a Satyajit Ray retrospective. The festival is taking place at various venues including the Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University and India Habitat Centre. Another key highlight of the festival is Cut-Uncut, a three-day workshop being held by members of the Central Board of Film Certification. - IANS

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