Indian Women Shine at Cannes Film Festival 2024: Anasuya Sengupta, Nancy Tyagi, And Others Who Made History

Indian actress Kani Kusruti, known for her recent film “All We Imagine As Light,” garnered attention with her unique accessory—a watermelon clutch.

Indian actress Anasuya Sengupta made her mark at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday by winning the prestigious Best Actress award at the event for her outstanding performance in “The Shameless.” The film highlighted India’s growing influence in global cinema and competed in the Un Certain Regard section of the film festival.

Anasuya Sengupta’s Victory and Message

Anasuya Sengupta captivated audiences with her portrayal of Renuka in “The Shameless.” Helmed by Bulgarian filmmaker Konstantin Bojanov, the film Her character’s harrowing yet empowering escape from a brothel in Delhi, where she kills a police officer to secure her freedom, earned her critical acclaim. Sengupta’s performance was deeply moving and powerful, addressing significant social issues.

In her acceptance speech, Sengupta dedicated her award to the queer community and other marginalized groups, expressing her hope for more female perspectives in cinema. “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,” she passionately stated. “More female gaze is the way forward, and the browner, the better,” she added, advocating for greater diversity and representation in the film industry.

Also read: Cannes 2024: Anasuya Sengupta Makes History as First Indian to Win Best Actress Award

Kani Kusruti’s Symbolic Fashion Statement

Cannes is renowned for its glamorous red carpet, where celebrities make bold fashion statements. Indian actress Kani Kusruti, known for her recent film “All We Imagine As Light,” garnered attention with her unique accessory a watermelon clutch. This accessory symbolized solidarity with Palestine, whose flag shares the watermelon’s red, green, and black colors. The gesture was a subtle yet powerful statement in support of Palestinians amidst ongoing conflicts.

Nancy Tyagi’s Creative Triumph

Influencer and designer Nancy Tyagi also made a significant impact at the festival with her self-made pink gown. Hailing from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, Tyagi is known for her ability to create striking designer garments on a budget. Her journey, from fabric selection to the intricate stitching of her 20kg gown, captivated her followers and showcased her remarkable talent.

Tyagi shared her excitement on Instagram: “Stepping onto the red carpet at the 77th Cannes Film Festival as a debutant feels surreal. I poured my heart and soul into creating this pink gown, which took 30 days and 1,000 meters of fabric. The journey has been intense, but every moment was worth it. I’m overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for the love and support from all of you. This is a dream come true, and I hope my creation dazzles you as much as your support has inspired me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”