The Return of Ash & Anurag – The Cannes Wrap

The French film festival continues being the most dazzling movie feast in the world

Raman Raghav 2.0 brings Kashyap ‘back from the dead’

Exactly a year after his ambitious crime saga Bombay Velvet tanked at the box office, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is “back from the dead” to present his latest thriller Raman Raghav 2.0 at the 69th  Cannes Film Festival. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vicky Kaushal in lead roles, the film was screened at the coveted Director’s Fortnight section of the festival. On the eve of his premiere, Kashyap tells Film Companion about going back to doing what he does best – creating dark, gritty films out of minimal resources. Raman Raghav is inspired by the legend of a dangerous killer who committed many crimes in the 1960s. Here, Siddiqui and Kaushal speak about the side-effects of playing such disturbing characters. “On the last day we were giving each other high fives. We were so relieved. These characters were taking a toll on our personal lives,” says Kaushal.


15 years and no Ash fatigue in Cannes

It’s been 15 years since Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrived at the Cannes red carpet in a horse-drawn carriage looking resplendent in a Neeta Lulla saree to present her film Devdas. Critics may have walked out of that screening, but Ash has since remained a permanent fixture at the French Riveria – the only Indian actress to have achieved that. “Every year I tell myself that next year I’ve got to exhale before I leave because it is too chaotic,” says Rai, who was present in the capacity of the L’Oreal brand ambassador. Her latest biopic Sarbjit was being screened as well. Now accustomed to the glamour and harshness of the stylish event, Ash has a message for fashion critics –“Troll all that you want. Tickle yourselves pink, disapprove or approve – that’s all fine. Enjoy the show.”



FC guide to Cannes

The Cannes film festival is the most dazzling movie feast in the world. It has an energy, heft and a panache that is incomparable.  What happens here impacts on film industries around the globe. The 69th edition of the film festival had 49 films from 28 countries make the official selection. This year too had several exciting films and names – the festival opened with Woody Allen’s Café Society, Steven Spielberg showcased BFG and iconic Spanish director Pedro Almodovar returned to competition with Julieta.  We bring to you the five hot titles to watch out for.



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