A small film with a big heart upstaged Bollywood at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday evening. As actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan released a scene from her comeback film Jazbaa at a seaside event in the south of France, first-time director Neeraj Ghaywan's Masaan had its audience on its feet for a five minute standing ovation.
Masaan actress Richa Chadha was moved to tears:
So did her director:
And her co-star Shweta Tripathi:
Masaan, which means 'crematorium' in Hindi, is one of two Indian films being screened in the Un Certain Regard section. The other is Punjabi film Chauthi Koot.
Ahead of the premiere:
The director and his actors attended a photocall for the film before the screening.
Neeraj Ghaywan assisted Anurag Kashyap on his two-part crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur, which also screened at Cannes and was as warmly received. Masaan is produced by Anurag's Phantom Films.