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Cannes Film Festival has lost its real essence
Honouring films from around the world, the esteemed 70th Cannes Film Festival is being held in south of France from May 17-28. The red carpet at Cannes this year, like always, was flooded with some of the most talented actors from all over the world.
The Cannes Film Festival has its origins in 1932 with a motive to provide a platform to showcase movies from across the world. It also offers an opportunity to a country for projecting a particular image of its cinema. In terms of drama, walkouts, heckling, unsung heroes being given the spotlight and big names stealing the show, nothing compares to Cannes Film Festival.

But lately, it seems that Cannes has lost it real relevance. It has become more about designer gowns and lipstick shades. This year as well, every newspaper and news channel's  headline screamed how Ashiwariya Rai Bachchan looked stunning in her red Ralph & Russo gown as she walked the red carpet while also mentioning about Sonam Kapoor's graceful look at Cannes 2017. 

Social media was flooded with pictures of celebrities along with captions mentioning the designer label they were dressed in. Cannes has become more about appearances and good looks, Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities rather than focusing on meaningful cinema. 

As far as India is concerned, no Indian film was in the competition this year other than the documentary "Afternoon Clouds" directed by Payal Kapadia, a third year student from Film and Television Institution of India.

On being asked, actress Sonam Kapoor said, "I will always represent India at red carpet. Even If I am not wearing an Indian designer, I will include Indian designer some day." She also wishes to go there to represent a film too. We just wish her dreams turn into reality. 

Ashiwariya Rai Bachchan said, "We attend the festival not just as artistes but as proud representatives of Indian cinema and show case the film that meant so much to us."

Who will make these actors realise that the Cannes Film Festival is a film festival and not a fashion week where they need to flaunt their expensive attires and jewellery. The attention and real motive of the festival is shifting on these aspects rather than focusing on screening of movies. We Indians would be proud if some of our films get featured in the competition and win awards rather than watching this fake exhibition of glamour.
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