#IndiaAtCannes | Pooja Hegde: We all belong to the same country, it’s Indian cinema, we shouldn’t bifurcate

Pooja Hegde holds the ball at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. He walked on the red carpet as part of the Indian delegation, dancing on Ghoomer. She is naturally ecstatic, saying: “The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has chosen me to represent India, and I am honored. This year India is being celebrated as an official country of honor, which I thought was a beautiful way to make my debut at Cannes.

The 31-year-old adds that he “always dreamed” to be in Cannes one day. “To come here is not just for the brand, but for representing your country on a global platform. This is something you always want to put your best foot forward. I hope I do it. Hegde shares that I am focused on being myself and show my true representation.

The success of our recent films, the actor feels, has caused the world to wake up to our potential. Hegde continues, “Now the world understands that India can sell commercially and highly. We have always seen it come from here with our rich artistry.”

In such a scenario, does the whole discussion of Hindi and Southern film industry make sense? She says, “We all belong to the same country, that is the Indian cinema. We must unite ourselves rather than divide ourselves. We honestly need to stop branching out in terms of language. If you get the subtitle part of watching the movie, we’re open to such new, amazing stuff. It understands the true culture of India. It helps us understand our people more.

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