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Manthan makes buzz at Cannes Film Festival 2024 | Here's where you can watch the Naseeruddin Shah and Smita Patil starrer in India

Shyam Benegal’s revolutionary movie Manthan has found itself back in the global consciousness after almost 50 years of release with its screening at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Manthan makes buzz at Cannes Film Festival 2024 | Here's where you can watch the Naseeruddin Shah and Smita Patil starrer in India
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Last Updated: 05.12 PM, May 18, 2024


The Cannes Film Festival 2024 has begun and we are already past a couple of days at the prestigious event. While the red carpet has been getting the most headlines, we must not forget that it is a film festival, and cinema from across the world is being celebrated now as we speak. The Indians have crowded the red carpet, and they have also made a dent inside the auditorium once you get up on those iconic stairs.

There is a film from India in the main competition for the Palme d'Or after 30 years and that is a victory for the country. Likewise, there are many from the country who are participating in the different sections of the festival. One movie that found itself being screened at the festival is the remastered version of the iconic Shyam Benegal movie Manthan and it turns out the audience was left awestruck. Read on to learn everything you should know about this glorious moment for Indian cinema.

Manthan at Cannes Film Festival 2024

Manthan was released almost 50 years ago and starred Naseeruddin Shah and the late star Smita Patil in the lead roles. Directed by Shyam Benegal, the movie was the first Indian movie made by crowdfunding and soon became a cult classic as it was made with nuances that are to date unparalleled. The movie streams in India on ZEE5 for fans and is now making a massive buzz at the Cannes Film Festival after being honoured with a standing ovation.

Naseeruddin Shah attended the Cannes Film Festival for the first time with a movie that he starred in half a century ago. The legendary Indian actor was in attendance at the festival with Prateik Babbar, who is the son of the late Smita Patil. The 1976 classic film was screened at the prestigious event at the Salle Buñuel on May 17. It is the only Indian movie to have been selected under the Classics Section at the festival this year. With Naseeruddin Shah walking the red carpet and attending the screening, the movie got a standing ovation from the audience. Clips also show Prateik Babbar hugging Shah after the screening.

What Is Manthan About & Where to Watch It

Manthan is a movie that created a shining example back in the day. The movie was made with crowdfunding and was the first of its kind by the visionary director Shyam Benegal. Over 5 lakh farmers had donated ₹2 each back in the day to get the film made. The movie revolves around the Milk Revolution Movement of Dr. Verghese Kurien, who is regarded as the father of the White Revolution in India. Shyam Benegal developed the script with Dr. Kurien and Vijay Tendulkar.

Alongside Smita Patil, the movie also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad, Mohan Agashe, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Anant Nag, and Amrish Puri. In India, you can watch Manthan on ZEE5 with your OTTplay Premium subscription. The film is indeed legendary and there is no reason for you to miss it. Let this weekend be about this cult classic.


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