The world recognizes India, its values: Deepika Padukone on her selection for the Cannes jury
Being a member of the Cannes Film Festival jury is a personal triumph but also a victory for the South Asian community and a recognition of India and its values, says Deepika Padukone, the first Indian since Vidya Balan in 2013 to be chosen for this honor.
Padukone, who is one of eight members of the Cannes competition jury at the festival which runs from May 17-28, also hopes the discussion in the media this time will be more about celebrating Indian talent and cinema and less about the fashion.
Balan’s fashion choices had come under scrutiny when she was on the jury, which will award one of 21 films competing with the Palme d’Or at the festival’s closing ceremony.
“I hope we realize there is so much more… Of course fashion is fun, it should be fun. And it’s also a very personal thing. But I hope the Indian media has learned from this last experience and realize that we have the power to change this narrative and say what a great moment this is for India,” Padukone told PTI in an online interview ahead of the festival.
”I don’t think it deserves pages and pages of news. I think we should talk about celebrating India. The celebration of Indian talent and cinema,” she added.
The star of films such as “Piku” and “Padmaavat” will sit on the jury alongside French actor Vincent Lindon, the president, as well as English actor-filmmaker Rebecca Hall, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, the Swedish actor Noomi Rapace, Italian actor-director Jasmine Trinca, French filmmaker-actor Ladj Ly, American filmmaker Jeff Nichols and director-screenwriter Joachim Trier from Norway.
Padukone said she was curious about the two weeks she will spend watching movies and interacting with the other members of the jury.
”While this looks like a personal win, it also looks like a slightly bigger win for the South Asian community… We can count on our fingers the number of times someone from India has served on the jury. or had the opportunity to represent the country on a platform like this,” the actor said.
“To see India being recognized globally on a platform like this… I think it says a lot about where we are as a nation and the road ahead of us as a nation,” he said. added the “Gehraiyaan” actor.
This is not the first time she has taken part in the festival. Her previous engagements were brand-related and red carpet events.
Indians who served on the Cannes jury include the late Mrinal Sen (1982), director Mira Nair (1990), author Arundhati Roy (2000), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (2003), Nandita Das (2005), Sharmila Tagore (2009), Shekhar Kapur (2010) and Vidya Balan (2013).
Padukone said she was grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to the experience.
The 36-year-old, who recently became the first Indian to sign with French luxury brand Louis Vuitton, said her selection as a jury member at Cannes inspires her as a producer-actress as it shows that people all over the world are “really sitting down and acknowledging India and its values”.
Padukone said she doesn’t look back on her career often, but being selected as a jury member at a prestigious festival like Cannes has made her reflect on her journey.
“I look back, but maybe not often enough. But it’s times like these that make me look back on my journey. These are times when you’re selected to represent the country at a festival like this. This one makes you realize, ‘wow, like 15 years of my career. These are the moments that make you realize, “Okay, not bad. I think I did well,” the actor said.
The actress, daughter of legendary badminton player Prakash Padukone, said she lives with the attitude of an athlete, not letting success or failure affect her.
“My inherent nature is perhaps that of an athlete where you don’t dwell too much on the outcome of anything good or bad. It’s more like you watch and learn from any situation. , then you move on. It’s something my dad taught me and sport taught me that whether it’s success or failure, you don’t take either one neither too seriously.) are the only cinematic representations of India at the main festival.
Sen’s Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize documentary premieres in the “Special Screening” segment of the gala. India is also the official country of honor at the Cannes Market. Additionally, the festival will feature a restored version of Satyajit Ray’s “Pratidwandi”.
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