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Anasuya Sengupta Makes History as First Indian Actor to Clinch Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival

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The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has proven to be a significant event for Indian cinema, marked by notable achievements and recognition. Among the highlights was the special screening of Shyam Benegal’s acclaimed film “Manthan,” a momentous occasion considering its nearly five-decade-old release.

Additionally, the festival saw a captivating display of Indian talent, with actors and filmmakers making their mark across various categories. The crowning moment came with Anasuya Sengupta’s historic win, as she became the first Indian actor to claim the prestigious Un Certain Regard Prize for Best Actress for her outstanding performance in “The Shameless.”

Directed and written by Bulgarian filmmaker Konstantin Bojanov, the film portrays the gripping tale of Renuka, portrayed by Anasuya, who escapes from a brothel in Delhi after a fateful encounter. Anasuya’s achievement not only adds a new chapter to Indian cinema’s global recognition but also underscores the diverse narratives and talent emerging from the country.

In an interview with The Kolkata, Anasuya shared her exhilaration upon learning about the film’s selection for the Un Certain Regard section, reflecting the culmination of dedication and hard work. Alongside Anasuya’s triumph, two Indian films, “Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know” and “Bunnyhood,” secured top positions in the La Cinef Selection.

“Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know,” a Kannada short film directed by Chidananda Naik, draws inspiration from Indian myths and folktales, offering a unique cinematic experience. Conversely, “Bunnyhood,” helmed by Mansi Maheshwari, explores the consequences of deception, inspired by a personal childhood incident.

These successes underscore the richness of storytelling and creativity within Indian cinema, setting a promising trajectory for future endeavors. As the 77th Cannes Film Festival draws to a close on May 25, the achievements of Indian filmmakers and actors stand as a testament to their talent and dedication on the global stage.

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Author:- Apoorva Arora

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