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    Cannes to screen documentary on Indian cinema

    New Delhi: A documentary on Indian cinema will be showcased at the Cannes International Film Festival in May as part of its celebration of international movies, says megastar Amitabh Bachchan who features in the narrative.

    "A delegation of makers are coming over to speak and react and churn ideas and content for a documentary on Indian Cinema, which they profess the Cannes Film Festival (wishes to exhibit in this years celebration of International cinema (sic)," Amitabh posted on his blog www.bigb.bigadda.com on Wednesday night.

    The Cannes film fest will be held May 11-22.

    "The makers as of now consist of Mr Rakeysh Mehra of Delhi 6, and Rang De Basanti fame and Mr Shekhar Kapur of Bandit Queen and Elizabeth fame, among several other associations these gentlemen have in their contributions to this marvel of the 20th Century, moving pictures!" he added.

    Amitabh will be required to share his insights about the Indian film industry, which is about more than 120-years-old and is said to be one of the largest film producing nations in the world. It churns out about 1,000 movies every year.

    But the 68-year-old says he finds it strange to be asked to express his views.

    "I often wonder why is it that they consider my offices to be of any value, as far as expressing knowledge of Indian Cinema is concerned? It is a disposition that I have often felt and expressed with great forthrightness, in many forums both private and public.

    "That just because one is fortunate enough to be decorated with the tag of a celebrity, through whatever mean of business - an elegant model, a composite artist, a musician, painter or writer - does not necessarily give him or her the license to express views and opinions on how the world runs, for public consumption," posted the actor, who has been in the film industry for over four decades.