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Cannes 2024: Anasuya Sengupta becomes first Indian to clinch top acting award at the film festival

Actress Anasuya Sengupta has created history as she won Best Actress award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival for her film, The Shameless. More details below.

Written By: Aseem Sharma @kaafir_aseem New Delhi Published on: May 25, 2024 11:59 IST
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Image Source : INSTAGRAM Anasuya Sengupta at Cannes 2024

Anasuya Sengupta, one of the lead stars of Bulgarian director Konstantin Bojanov's Hindi-language movie, The Shameless, has created history by bagging the Best Actress award in the Un Certain Regard category at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival. Sengupta, who hails from Kolkata, is the first Indian artist to win the category's top acting honour, marking a significant milestone for India at the prestigious film gala. The festival will conclude on Saturday, May 25. In her acceptance speech on Friday night, Sengupta dedicated the award to “to the queer community and other marginalised communities" for bravely fighting for their rights all around the world.

“You don’t have to be queer to fight for equality, you don’t have to be colonised to know that colonising is pathetic — we just need to be very, very decent human beings," the actor said.

About the film

The Shameless, which had its premiere at Cannes on May 17 showcases the story of the disturbing world of exploitation and misery in which two sex workers, one who bears the scars of her line of work, the other a young girl days away from ritual initiation, forge a bond and seek to throw off their shackles.

Sengupta plays the central character of Renuka, who escapes from a Delhi brothel after stabbing a policeman to death and takes refuge in a community of sex workers in northern India, where she meets Devika (Omara), a young girl condemned to a life of prostitution.

The Shameless also stars Mita Vashisht, Tanmay Dhanania, Rohit Kokate and Auroshikha Dey in key roles. British-Indian filmmaker Sandhya Suri's Santosh was also part of the Un Certain Regard but didn't win any awards.

About the prestigious award

The Un Certain Regard, which runs parallel to the festival's main competition, aims to highlight new trends, new paths and new countries of cinema. The top prize of the segment went to Black Dog by Chinese filmmaker Gou Zhen, while French director Boris Lojkine's L’Histoire de Souleymane bagged the Jury Prize.

Tawfik Alzaidi of Saudi Arabia received a Special Mention for his first feature film "Norah" and the Youth Award went to Louise Courvoisier for her debut movie "Holy Cow".

The jury for the Un Certain Regard was chaired by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan and it also included French-Senegalese director Maïmouna Doucoure, Moroccan director Asmae El Moudir, German-Luxembourg actor Vicky Krieps, and American writer Todd McCarthy.

(With PTI inputs)

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