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Payal Kapadia – A Journey from protests for artistic freedom to Cannes glory

She became an overnight sensation after the big win at Cannes. But when her alma mater, Film and Television Institute of India cheered for her, it reeked of hypocrisy...

The Telegraph Online Published 03.06.24, 05:22 PM

Story of Payal Kapadia's Cannes glory

Payal Kapadia scripted history when her directorial feature debut, 'All We Imagine As Light' won the prestigious Grand Prix – the second-highest accolade at Cannes Film Festival. This was the first Indian film to win the Grand Prix. And she the first Indian director to win the award. She became a sensation overnight.

But when her alma mater, Pune's prestigious Film and Television Institute of India cheered for her, it reeked of hypocrisy... Because in 2015, Kapadia was at the forefront of a 139-day long students' protest that led to FTII revoking her scholarship and filing a police case against her. Yet despite setback, her talent shone through...

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