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Anasuya Sengupta Becomes First Indian To Win Best Actress At Cannes


New Delhi: Anasuya Sengupta made history as the first Indian to secure a top acting honour at the Cannes Film Festival. Sengupta became the first Indian actor to win the prestigious Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her compelling performance in Bulgarian director Constantin Bojanov’s “The Shameless”.

This historic achievement was for her remarkable performance in ‘The Shameless’, a gripping film that competed in the Un Certain Regard section of the 77th edition of the festival.

“This is for the queer community everywhere, and all other marginalized communities all over the world, for bravely fighting a fight they shouldn’t have to fight,” Anasuya passionately stated upon receiving her award.

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In “The Shameless”, she portrays Renuka, a wanderer seeking sanctuary among a community of sex workers in northern India after fleeing Delhi following accusations of murder. The film revolves around Renuka’s forbidden romance with a teenager named Devika, portrayed by Omara Shetty.

The 77th Cannes Film Festival has been a significant event for India. In addition to Anasuya’s groundbreaking win, Shyam Benegal’s classic ‘Manthan’ had a special screening, marking almost 48 years since its original release.

The festival also saw a dazzling array of Indian celebrities and influencers making waves on the red carpet. This year, Indian films and actors garnered numerous nominations across various categories, underscoring India’s growing influence in global cinema.

Anasuya Sengupta, hailing from Kolkata, delivered an extraordinary performance as Renuka in ‘The Shameless,’ directed by Bulgarian filmmaker Konstantin Bojanov.

The film narrates the harrowing yet empowering journey of Renuka, who escapes a brothel in Delhi after killing a police officer. The narrative also explores her complex relationship with her love interest, portrayed by Omara Shetty.

Adding to the Indian triumph at Cannes 2024, two Indian films clinched top honours in the La Cinef Selection. ‘Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know,’ a Kannada short film directed by Chidananda Naik, a student from the Film and Television Institute of India, secured first place.

Meanwhile, ‘Bunnyhood,’ directed by Mansi Maheshwari from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, and currently studying in the UK, claimed the third place. As the 77th Cannes Film Festival concluded on May 25, it marked a significant milestone for Indian cinema on the global stage.

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