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'Bombay Talkies' to be screened at Cannes Film Festival

'Bombay Talkies' has been chosen for a special screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The anthology features four 20-minute shorts by four of India's finest filmmakers - Anurag Kahsyap, Karan Johar, Dibarkar Bannerjee and Zoya Akhtar - and is meant as a celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema.

The films, each made on a budget of Rs 1.5 Crore (approx. £180,000), features an incredible array of acting talent as well; from Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee and Katrina Kaif to Nawazzudin Siddiqui and Sadashiv Amrapurkar.

The film's inclusion in the coveted special screenings segment at Cannes is a further boon to Indian cinema which will be celebrated in a massive scale on the Riviera this May.

Not only is India the 'Guest Country' at the 66th edition of Cannes, the Croisette will welcome some of the most iconic representatives of Indian cinema on the famous red carpet.

Amitabh Bachchan will help open the Festival with his Hollywood debut 'The Great Gatsby' whilst southern movie legend Rajnikanth will unveil the trailer for his period epic 'Kochadaiyaan' at the Festival and will be attending in person as well.

It is also hoped that Bombay Talkies' inclusion at an event as prestigious as Cannes will help sway international distributors who have been wary about taking on the film over concerns it lacks "mass appeal".

The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival gets under May 15.

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