Bollywood film to be screened at Cannes Festival

Indian film director Dibakar Banerjee has created a film to mark 100 years of Bollywood cinema.

The film, Bombay Talkies, will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival this month and features short films by well-known directors Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar.

Ram Pratap Verma, a 32-year-old aspiring Bollywood film actor, watches a film at a cinema in Mumbai Credit: Reuters

Speaking about the project, 43-year-old Banerjee said:

"I took a short story written by Satyajit Ray, a very interesting story and I adapted it. It is similar and yet different. I have taken the core of the story and have changed the setting from 1960s Calcutta to 2013 Bombay and given it new elements and dimensions."

A member of a film crew holds a clapper board during the shooting of Bollywood film 'Black Home' at a beach on the outskirts of Mumbai Credit: Reuters

He added: "This film is about the presence of Indian cinema in our lives. At another level, it is an universal story. You take that as a means to say something that is bigger and more meaningful."

Actress Nainaa Jolly (2nd L) performs during the filming of a low budget Hindi movie in Meerut in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Credit: Reuters

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Bollywood celebrates 100 years

Indian director Dibakar Banerjee has marked 100 years of Indian cinema with a short film as part of a Bollywood project by four Indian directors to show what the movies have meant to them.