Everyone at the inauguration of the India pavilion at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on May 18 remained in high spirits. Actors Deepika Padukone, Tamannaah Bhatia, Pooja Hegde and Urvashi Rautela were also spotted dancing together.
At the inauguration event, folk singer Mame Khan, who is also one of the attendees, was engaging the attendees with his mesmerising singing and requested Deepika and others to dance along. And so, they did!
Inauguration of India Pavilion at Cannes
While Deepika performed ghoomar [Rajasthani folk dance] on stage, Tamannaah, Pooja and Urvashi joined her as well. A video was posted by Press Information Bureau on their social media.
They captioned the post, “Mame Khan, folk artist and music composer enthralled the audiences with his singing skills at the inauguration of the India 🇮🇳 Pavilion at #CannesFilmFestival2022. Actors Deepika Padukone, Urvashi Rautela, Tamannaah and Pooja Hegde dance as he sings.”
The Indian delegation at the prestigious film festival is led by Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur along with filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, Ricky Kej, Prasoon Joshi, folk singer Mame Khan and actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, R Madhavan, Pooja Hegde and Tamannaah Bhatia among others. India has been chosen as the first ‘Country of Honour’ Marche du Cinema for the 75th edition of the film festival.
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Actor Deepika is also a part of the eight-member competition jury of the film festival along with coveted global film industry names like actor-filmmaker Rebecca Hall, and Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. She began her duty as jury and attended a press conference on May 17 along with fellow jury members.
The actor also addressed the attendees at the inauguration event and reminisced India’s cinematic journey spanning decades until the present times. She was quoted as saying, “feel we have a long way to go as a country, I feel really proud to be here as an Indian and to be representing the country.”
She then added, “But when we look back at 75 Years of Cannes, I have said earlier also that there have been only a handful of Indian films, and Indian talent that has been able to make it and I feel like collectively as a nation today we have it.”