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India at Cannes 2024: A Look at Films, Creators, and What to Expect

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The 77th Cannes Film Festival is upon us, and India is set to make a strong showing this year. From restored classics to fresh cinematic voices, here’s a breakdown of what to expect from the Indian contingent at Cannes 2024:

Manthan Takes Center Stage

Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal’s iconic 1976 film ‘Manthan’ will be showcased in a restored version. Starring the legendary Smita Patil, the movie explores the story behind India’s rise as the world’s largest milk producer through the lens of Verghese Kurien’s revolutionary milk cooperative movement, ‘Operation Flood’, which gave birth to the billion-dollar brand Amul.

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Sunflowers Bloom at La Cinef

Kannada filmmaker Chidananda S. Naik’s debut short film, “Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know” (original title: Suryakanthihooge modhalugothagidhu), has been selected for the prestigious La Cinef competition section for film schools. This heartwarming story, narrated from a rooster’s perspective, is a testament to the burgeoning talent emerging from India’s diverse filmmaking scene.

All We Imagine As Light Competes for Palme d’Or

Indian filmmaker Payal Kapadia’s feature film “All We Imagine As Light” has taken the cinematic world by storm. Marking a historic moment, it will be the first Indian film in over three decades to compete for the coveted Palme d’Or, the highest honor bestowed at Cannes. This achievement highlights the growing global recognition of Indian cinema’s depth and artistry.

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Neecha Nagar, a 1946 masterpiece by Chetan Anand, remains the only Indian film to have ever won the Palme d’Or. While another such victory might seem distant, the presence of these powerful contenders signifies India’s commitment to producing world-class cinema.

Influencer Representation: New faces or Returning Stars?

Last year, popular content creators Dolly Singh, Niharika NM, Masoom Minawala, Ranveer Allahbadia, Kusha Kapila and Ruhee Dosani were invited to experience the Cannes Film Festival. Whether they will return for 2024 remains to be seen. The Cannes India website primarily focuses on the film industry, so it’s possible the influencer contingent might change this year, with new faces representing the ever-evolving world of online content creation.

The India Pavilion at Cannes 2024 will likely continue its tradition of showcasing the vibrant tapestry of Indian cinema. Expect events, panels, and networking opportunities that delve deeper into the industry’s current landscape and future potential.

Cannes 2024 promises to be a momentous occasion for Indian cinema, celebrating both rich heritage and exciting new voices. As the festival unfolds, keep an eye out for these films and the stories they tell.

Wielding a keyboard for a katana for 11+ years, Anusuya is a content samurai by day, slaying mediocrity with creativity. This Calcutta-born and Bengaluru-raised girl spent her formative years in boarding school, reading Enid Blyton under the covers. Her tourism degree makes her a travel writing wiz, but Anusuya loves crafting compelling content across all realms; social media posts that pop to website copy that sells. When she's not hunched over her laptop, you'll find her creating Pinterest boards for her next vacation or binge-watching Asian dramas.

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National Brother’s Day: Meet Creators Who Are Doting Brothers!

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National Brother’s Day is celebrated on 24th May of every year. It is a day dedicated to rejoice in the bond between brothers and the role they play in our lives. Like any familial relationship, a brother’s love is also unconditional. While brothers may compete and tease each other, they stand by each other through thick and thin, celebrate successes, and provide comfort during tough times. Unlike many other relationships that may come and go, the bond between brothers is lifelong. Even as they grow older and pursue separate paths in life, the connection remains strong. Overall, a brother’s love is a special and irreplaceable aspect of many people’s lives, offering companionship, understanding, and a sense of belonging.

On the special occasion of National Brother’s Day, let’s take a look at the list of popular creators who are also doting brothers. They play an important role in their siblings’ lives and aptly fit the tag of ‘Bade Bhaiya’.

Zaid Darbar  

Content creator and choreographer, son of renowned music director Ismail Darbar, Zaid Darbar is a doting brother to young sibling Awez Darbar. The duo, who are known for their dance moves, run a dancing academy in Mumbai called ‘B You’. Zaid, husband of actress Gauahar Khan, comes across as one of those brothers who are quite affectionate and protective toward their younger ones.

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Well, the way Zaid is for Awez, similarly Awez’s love for his sister Aman Darbar is unconditional. The brother-sister duo is irreparable. Awez, who is known for his down-to-earth and soft-spoken nature, shares a friend-like bond with Anam. Awez and Anam both are social media sensations and are famous for their engaging content.   

Abhishek Malhan

Bigg Boss OTT 2 Abhishek Malhan aka Fukra Insaan and his elder sibling Nishchay Malhan aka Triggered Insaan are quite popular YouTubers. Abhishek may be a ‘Chote bhaiya’ but comes across as more of a friend to Nishchay. They are together through thick and thin and are always there for each other.

Ayaan Zubair

Ayaan may be a younger brother to sister and actress Jannat Zubair but is quite protective and caring towards her. He has also walked in her sister’s footsteps and has made a big name in the television industry and social media. The brother-sister duo makes some amazing and relatable content on social media. Their Instagram photos are proof of their close bond and we love how Ayaan is always on Jannat’s side, like an ideal brother.

Vishnu Kaushal

Vishnu Kaushal and his brother Govind are known for making hilarious content that is loved by netizens and even Bollywood stars. Oftentimes being in the same field may lead to disagreement but they are always in sync and a perfect brother. In their case, it’s difficult to say who is more protective towards each other and who plays the role of ‘ideal brother’.

Ashish Chanchlani

Popular YouTube personality and content creator Ashish Chanchlani has a younger sister named Muskan who is a fashion content creator. Ashish and Muskan are one of those brother-sister duo who love unconditionally but also fight for pity things. However, Ashish comes across as a pillar of strength for his sister.

Keep up the same bonhomie guys!

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5 Fashion Stylists To Follow On Instagram

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A stylist is a professional who curates looks for another person or a brand. They play a very crucial role as they are responsible for all aspects of a person’s visual aesthetic. Their job is to
create a wardrobe plan that includes key pieces and accessories, ensuring versatility and cohesiveness. Fashion stylists are in high demand by clothing brands and retailers to create visual merchandising displays, style mannequins, and curate outfits for store displays. However, appointing a fashion stylist may burn a hole in your pocket.But what if we tell you that you can achieve all the tips and tricks related to fashion and style free of cost?Well, there is a list of fashion stylists who are using social media platforms effectively to enhance your knowledge of fashion.Furthermore The Reel Stars listing down a few female fashion stylists who regularly upload videos on Instagram to help people understand choice outfits according to their preferences, body types, and lifestyles, making them look and feel their best.

Ishita Saluja

Ishita Saluja, in a very short period, has earned a massive fan following on Instagram. She regularly posts outfit ideas, clothing hacks, and fashion tips which are game changers. She has 1 million followers on her Instagram, becoming one of the most followed fashion stylists on social media. We believe she can be your fashion saviour.

Jainee Gandhi

Jainee is a Certified Image Professional (CIP) from The Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) and has been working as a style curator, highly featured image consultant, and sustainable style advocate for over 10 years now. She has 225K followers on Instagram and often uploads videos where one can take tips on styling to boost body confidence and stand out in a crowd.

Tanistha Basu

Tanistha is one confident woman who never goes wrong with her tips and recommendations. However She has nearly 171k followers on Instagram where she regularly shares her fashion hacks and tips on matching colours and style mistakes that are “ruining” your outfits. She lives in Bangalore and is a MBA Finance graduate who found passion in the world of fashion.

Ria Dixit

However Ria’s guidelines can redefine your look in a way that flatters your body shape and reflects your personality. Furthermore You need guidance with your professional image, sprucing-up of your weekend wear, or a complete wardrobe makeover Ria’s Instagram account has got it all.

Moushumi Khara

However Moushumi is a fashion stylist who has a constant tab on current trends suggests mix- clothing items to create stylish outfits. Furthermore She engages with her followers by responding to their comments and questions. Following her social media account can provide great inspiration and insight into the world of high fashion and styling.

Well, we hope these fashion divas are now your saviour and help you notch your fashion quotient higher!

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Anveet Kaur And Shantanu Maheshwari Unveil First Look Of Their Film ‘Love In Vietnam’ At Cannes

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Look forward to a fresh new Jodi as heartthrobs Avneet Kaur and Shantanu Maheshwari come together for the first time for an upcoming international film. The entertainment industries of India and Vietnam have joined hands, marking the dawn of a new era in cinematic collaboration.

The film is helmed by talented director-turned-producer Omung Kumar, joined by Director-Producer Rahhat Shah Kazmi, internationally acclaimed festival curator Captain Rahul Bali, and Abhishek Ankur.

Apart from Shantanu Maheshwari and Avneet Kaur, the film also stars Vietnamese actress Kha Ngan. The film, titled Love In Vietnam is based on the bestseller Madonna In A Fur Coat.

The excitement reached a crescendo as the first look poster of Love In Vietnam was unveiled at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2024. The event was graced by the presence of lead actors Shantanu Maheshwari and Avneet Kaur, director-producer Rahhat Shah Kazmi, producer Captain Rahul Bali, and co-producers Tariq Khan and Zeba Sajid.

Taking to Instagram, Avneet also shared the first look of the film with her fans on social media. “Proud to launch the first look of ‘#LovelnVietnam’ at Cannes! This is the first India-Vietnam collaboration and I couldn’t be happier sharing this with you all,” she wrote.

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Shantanu too shared the same posters of the film on his Instagram account and wrote, ”Thrilled to unveil the first look of our film #LoveInVietnam at Cannes! I’m excited to finally be able to share this, our groundbreaking India-Vietnam collaboration!”

Avneet Kaur was a part of the popular movie Mardaani and made her big Bollywood debut as a lead actress in Tiku Weds Sheru opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Meanwhile, Shantanu was last seen in Netflix’s vampire drama titled Tooth Pari: When Love Bites. He also featured in Alia Bhatt-starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi, which was directed by ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

We are sure fans cannot hold the excitement to see the duo on their screens!

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