Cannes 2024: Prateik Babbar Says 'It's A Big Moment' As Late Mom Smita Patil's Manthan Screened At Film Festival

Prateik Babbar, Ekk Deewana Tha actor, is thrilled as his late mother Smita Patil's 1976 film Manthan will be screened at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. The actor has also arrived in France to enjoy the live screening. Read on!
Cannes 2024: Prateik Babbar Says 'It's A Big Moment' As Late Mom Smita Patil's Manthan Screened At Film Festival

Cannes 2024: Prateik Babbar Says 'It's A Big Moment' As Late Mom Smita Patil's Manthan Screened At Film Festival

Renowned actor Prateik Babbar is elated after learning the news that his late mother Smita Patil's iconic 1976 film Manthan will grace the 77th Cannes Film Festival's prestigious Cannes Classics segment. For Prateil, this screening is more than just a cinematic event; it's a poignant tribute to his mother's enduring legacy in Indian cinema.

Prateik Babbar on his mother's film screening at Cannes

Expressing his heartfelt sentiments, Prateik views this moment as a symbolic celebration of his familial ties and feels and told Hindustan Times, "My mother is going to be celebrated. It is a big moment for me and my family. For me specifically, it is extremely symbolic. I am a very proud son. This moment reminds me of how amazing a woman she is and how I am lucky to be her son.”
Manthan holds a special place in Prateik's heart, with its storyline intricately woven into his family's history. Talking about his mom's film Manthan, Prateik added, "I always knew about it. My grandmom and aunt used to tell me the story of the film's making. My grandfather was also a farmer, so I was always told to feel proud of my lineage. Also, I revisit my mom's films very frequently, it's like watching FRIENDS for me- you know what's going to happen next, but you keep watching.”

More about Manthan screening at Cannes Film Festival

This year, India is making history at the 77th Cannes Film Festival and promises to showcase Indian talent, with Manthan among the eight Indian films selected. Notably, the film's production was a collaborative effort, crowdfunded by 500,000 farmers, amplifying its significance as a representation of grassroots support.
Scheduled for screening on May 17 as part of the Cannes Classics selection, Manthan will be lauded for its timeless relevance and artistic merit. As the audience immerses themselves in the film's narrative, they'll be reminded of Smita Patil's remarkable contributions to Indian cinema, even years after her untimely passing in 1986.
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