India Pavilion at Cannes fetes Anurag Kashyap's GANGS OF WASSEYPUR
May 22, 2012 12:05:14 PM IST Rajesh Kumar Singh, Glamsham Editorial
The 21st May evening at the Cannes India Pavilion was dedicated to Anurag Kashyap and his film GANGS OF WASSEYPUR. The director talked about the origin of the idea and the significance of a mainstream Indian film making it to the Directors' Fortnight selection. Viacom 18 has been emphasising this fact in its press releases probably to avoid the 'art house film' tag that be quite damaging to a film's business prospects in India.
The throng of visitors at the India Pavilion were offered the gift of GANGS OF WASSEYPUR 'Gamchas'. While speaking on the occasion Kahsyap said that his film was not ready but on the insistence of Directors' Fortnight officials he tried to finish the editing yet it would require further finishing touches before its commercial release. The much-awaited screening of the 320 minutes two-part crime saga will happen today at Theatre Croisette J.W Marriott. The film's cast and crew are expected to be present in full strength at the screening including Manoj Bajpayee, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The film will be distributed in India by Viacom 18 and its international sales is handled by Elle Driver.
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)