Cannes 2015: Indian Films Chauthi Koot, Maasan in Un Certain Regard Line-Up

Cannes 2015: Indian Films Chauthi Koot, Maasan in Un Certain Regard Line-Up

Stills from Chauthi Koot and Maasan

The Un Certain Regard section of this year's Cannes Film Festival will include two films from India - the Punjabi language Chauthi Koot and Maasan, directed by first-timer Neeraj Ghaywan and starring Richa Chadda and Sanjay Mishra.

The line-up of films was announced today by festival director Thierry Fremaux who also said that the eye on India would focus on 'new gen' films rather than offerings from Bollywood or Bengali cinema.

A tweet on the @Festival_Cannes Twitter handle read:




A thrilled Neeraj Ghaywan promptly retweeted the post:







Richa Chadda, whose second film it is at Cannes after Gangs Of Wasseypur, tweeted:

 Sunil Doshi, who has co-produced the film with Catherine Dussard and Kartikeya Narayan Singh, said in a statement, "For me this film is a tribute to Mani Kaul," referring to the critically acclaimed filmmaker who died in 2011. Congratulating the team, actor-director Rajat Kapoor wrote:




National Award-winning director Gurvinder Singh's Chauthi Koot is based on writer Waryam Singh Sandhu's collection of short stories of the same name and is set in militancy-era Punjab. Shot in Amritsar and Ferozepur, the film does not feature any professional actors. Suvinder Pal Vicky, Rajbir Kaur, Kanwaljeet Singh and Gurpreet Bhang have played important parts. Gurvinder Singh previously directed the acclaimed Anhey Ghorey Da Daan.

The Indian tadka at Cannes will also include Miya Kal Aana by actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's brother Shamasi, which will be screened as part of the 'Short Film Catalog'.

Asif Kapadia's documentary on Amy Winehouse will get a midnight screening. French director Jacques Audiard's Dheepan, which tells the story of Tamil refugees in Paris, is competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or.

Cannes regulars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor will likely be at the festival again this year, representing cosmetics brand L'Oreal. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Bollywood couple Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif may also make their red carpet debut at the French Riviera as part of the entourage for director Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet which, like previous Anurag films, could be screened at the festival.

The Cannes festival will be held from May 13 to 24 this year.