31 October 1984 made it to the Cannes

Naheed Israr

Channel ELPS: Entertainment Desk


Cannes film festival is known amongst the most important film festivals in the world and film fraternity from all around the world attends it. People participate in the festival for different reasons best suited to them, however the real charm of the event is that whole cinematic world gathers at one place.


From producers to directors to artists, Cannes displays a footfall of all the film associated people to showcase and market themselves and their work.


Cannes 2015 shows the presence of a lot of talent from the Indian Film Industry primarily known as Bollywood. The FICCI Indian Pavilion is being occupied with the Indian talent throughout and some of the prominent faces seen are Sudhir Mishra, Nandita Das and a special appearance of Aishwarya Rai later that day. Katrina Kaif and Sonam Kapoor in addition to Aishwarya Rai walked the Famous Red Carpet at Cannes.


Interestingly a lot of young Indian talent has a presence here at Cannes festival this year and to mention the Los Angeles based budding director/ producer Aditya J. Patwardan is marketing his documentary filmmaking talent and London based producer Rajan Patel is here for his upcoming film “Feast of Varanasi” to be released early next year. The feast is to be a perfect mix of emotions and the Indian culture and the unfortunate attached with it, said Rajan.


The most interesting part of the Indian Pavilion looks to be the presence of the trailer on the screens of 31st October, the film based on the subject never attempted before, the aftermath of the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Indian film makers maintained a distance from the subject for 3 decades until a first time producer Harry Sachdeva decided to take a daring leap into the Bollywood by taking on one of the darkest part of the Indian History and make a film based on a real life story.


31st October 1984 is a chapter of our history that every Indian is ashamed of and the simple reason of attempting the subject is to do my bit of putting the real picture of the history in front of the world, so that the audience understands the ill effects of such unfortunate incidents. If the subject would have been taken up before, there’s a possibility that India wouldn’t have witnessed the pogroms which it did in last 3 decades, without naming, mentioned Harry Sachdeva in his exclusive interview with us.


When asked about the main force behind his daring act of choosing the subject to start his career in Bollywood, taking into consideration the factors attached with the fate of his career because of the Subject, the very confident smiling Mr. Sachdeva answered,” The subject is as close to my heart as every educated Indian’s, but the only difference is that I, without thinking of the commercial perspective of the film, thought of doing a good ethical act to initiate my career with, and being a Sikh myself, I thought to pay homage to the innocent martyrs of the pogrom by means of this film and to the nation by providing an eye opener to desist from such activities and illuminate their minds with love and not hatred.

On the whole the crux that could be made after attending the festival is that, in addition to the films which are being screened in the festival this year, there is a lot more of participation from India, which proves the improvement and the emerging of the Indian Cinema in today’s world.


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