One of the films I know many of you are excited about this being a Bollywood web site and all (I know the editors and writers are!) is the documentary Bollywood – The Greatest Love Story Ever Told! Conceived by festival director Thierry Fremaux it was a way to bring and celebrate Bollywood films at Cannes! Co-produced by Shekhar Kapur in association UTV, directed by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist, the 81-minute documentary celebrates Bollywood’s journey through the years. They held a midnight screening and I was there and experienced the magic on the red carpet with requisite dance number of course and in then onto the black tie screening in the theater!
The film is a culmination of some of the greatest moments of Bollywood taken from over 100 clips ranging from the black and white classics to Katrina’s Sheila and more. The documentary shows to those who are not in the know and the cool “we love Bollywood” club what it is all about. Director Shekar Kapoor put it best in an Hollywood Reporter interview earlier this week, “The audience (in Cannes) should see why over a billion people are having a love affair with this kind of cinema.”
It was a great night last night at the Red Carpet ))))))) I met Shekhar Kapur, who directed the film. I also saw on the red carpet Milind Suman where all woman were goggling at, plus met Anurag Kashyap, we hung out and spoke.
The screening was wonderful as well and the festival director even invited the audience to get up and dance!
Of course other films were screening as well and I hear Angelina Jolie has sold her directing debut In the Land of Blood and Honey about the Bosnian War. It seems she impressed GK Films Graham King who bought the rights to the film he praised Jolie’s talent in her first film saying that it ‘signals the arrival of a visceral and compelling storyteller’. We will have to wait and watch for that one!
Okay, I am off for more of the Cannes experience! Stay tuned because I will bring you more only on BollySpice!
Form now check out these cool snaps I managed to get from the red carpet. Dashing in a tux aren’t I?