Vidya Balan to join Cannes jury panel

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 24, 2013 21:42 hrs
Vidya Balan to join Cannes jury panel

Bollywood actress Vidya Balan is set to join the jury panel headed by Hollywood director Steven Spielberg for the 66th Cannes International Film Festival scheduled to be held from May 15 to May 26.

Balan will join the nine-member jury team which includes Hollywood star Nicole Kidman, Taiwanese director-producer-scriptwriter Ang Lee, Japanese director Naomi Kawase, British scriptwriter-director-producer Lynne Ramsay, French actor-director Daniel Auteuil, Romanian scriptwriter-director-producer Cristian Mungiu and Austrian actor Christopher Waltz.

The jury panel will present the coveted Palme d´Or prize to the winning film amongst the 19 competing films.

According to media reports, Cannes invited India this year to mark the 100 years of the country´s cinema.

Earlier, Indian Director Shekhar Kapur and actress Sharmila Tagore had been part of the jury panel.

Moreover, Indian actress Nandita Das will also join a separate jury panel for short films.

According to official reports, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be present on the occasion for the cameo in ´The Great Gatsby´, which will be screened on May 15.

Four Indian films has been selected for various non-competition categories at the film fest.

´Bombay Talkies´, by four directors -- Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar; ´Ugly´ by Kashyap; ´Dabba´ (Lunchbox) and ´Monsoon Shootout´, co-produced by Kashyap will be screened.

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