5 Indian Films That Created a Stir at the Cannes Film Festival

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A Night of Knowing Nothing

A Night of Knowing Nothing follows the love letters of a university student to her estranged lover, slowly unravelling her life and struggles as a youngster in India. The film won the Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) award for best documentary in 2021.

The Lunchbox

Ritesh Batra's restorative story about miraculous connection in Mumbai, The Lunchbox was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and later bagged the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award.

Marana Simhasanam

Murali Nair's Marana Simhasanam, which depicts the first execution by electrocution in India, won Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999.

Salaam Bombay

Mira Nair's exploration of Mumbai streets through the eyes of street children won heart at Cannes in 1988, winning the Camera d’Or and the Audience Prize.

Do Bigha Zameen

Do Bigha Zameen won the Prix Internationale at the Cannes Film Festival in 1954, starring Nirupa Roy and Balraj Sahani in the lead roles.

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