Look who made it to the jury of the 75th Cannes Film Festival! Bollywood bigwig Deepika Padukone was announced as part of the film festival's jury on April 26, a line-up chosen from all walks of the international film industry. The jury is responsible for selecting films to honour them with an award.
Padukone shared the news with her followers on social media.
The Gehraiyaan actor's jury member bio introduces her as an "actress, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur" who has "over 30 feature films to her credit" both in Bollywood and Hollywood.
According to the festival's official website, French actor Vincent Lindon has been selected as the "Jury President of the 75th Festival de Cannes. He will reward one of the 21 films in competition with the Palme d'or", the highest prize awarded to the best film screened at the festival.
Other jury members apart from Padukone are English actor and filmmaker Rebecca Hall, Swedish actor Noomi Rapace, Italian actor Jasmine Trinca, Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi, French film director and screenwriter Ladj Ly, American film director Jeff Nichols and Danish-born Norwegian film director Joachim Trier.
This year a Pakistani film is being shown at the film festival. Director Saim Sadiq's debut feature Joyland has been selected for the Un Certain Regard category. It stars Sarwat Gilani, Salman Peerzada, Sania Saeed, Ali Junejo, Alina Khan and Rasti Farooq. The film is produced by Sarmad Khoosat, Apoorva Guru Charan and Lauren Mann.
Joyland is the tale of sexual revolution in a patriarchal family that yearn for the birth of a baby boy. While the family wishes for boys to carry on their family line, the youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and falls for a transsexual star.