This is turning out to be a pretty good year for independent cinema in India. On Thursday afternoon, it was announced that two films from India will be competing at the 'Un Certain Regard' section of this year's Cannes Film Festival.
The films that have been chosen for this honour are: 'Masaan' (Fly Away Solo), directed by debut filmmaker Neeraj Ghaywan and starring Richa Chadda and Sanjay Mishra; and 'Chauthi Koot', directed by Gurvinder Singh, who previously made 2011's highly-acclaimed 'Anhey Ghorey Da Daan'.
Ghaywan reacted ecstatically to the news on Twitter.
Happiest tweet I will ever put up. Our first film, MASAAN is selected at UN CERTAIN REGARD section of CANNES 2015. https://t.co/u0b2GyXRbb— Neeraj Ghaywan (@ghaywan) April 16, 2015
In a press conference held in Paris that was streamed live across the world, Cannes' festival director Thierry Frémaux spoke about the growing importance of including movies from India and said, "Indian films in Cannes will be 'new gen' — not Bollywood and not 'Bengali auteur'."