Nargis Fakhri discussed the impact of Indian film on international audiences during a chat at the Cannes Film Festival’s India Pavilion on Sunday. “I’m so happy to see that people around the world are seeing and appreciating Hindi cinema. I’m a world traveler and I watch content from across the world. I’m so happy to see that Indian content is being dubbed in several languages across the world. Thanks to OTT platforms, people around the world are being able to see Indian content. It’s being talked about and is being loved. I love it when American films are shot in India, we have vast location opportunities,” she said.
In conversation with Nargis, Ravinder Bhaker, MD, NFDC, inquired about her thoughts on reaching out to a worldwide audience, to which she stated that they are already doing an excellent job. When asked if she was interested in working on any co-production projects, she responded, “I love co-productions, so I would definitely be interested in exploring that.”
India is the official Country of Honour for the Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film (Film Market), which runs till May 25 this year. This is the first time the market has had an official Country Of Honour, and the tradition is expected to continue in future years. At Cannes, Satyajit Ray’s centennial festivities continued with the screening of Pratidwandi, a restored classic of the filmmaker, in the Cannes Classic section Cinéma de la plage.