BY ANUJ RADIA

Looking elegant and graceful in her black Sabyasachi, Kangana Ranaut makes her debut at Cannes Film Festival 2018.

Speaking at the Indian Pavillion at this year’s festival, where she had a discussion with Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairman Prasoon Joshi on women in Indian films, Kangana said the times have changed and gender bias is not the norm anymore in the film industry.

Asked if she is an exception, Kangana said, “I am not an exception. With the modernisation and the way the world has changed…the difference between men and women have changed. There is a certain equality that has come about in the system. People now question if actor and actresses put in the same effort, why can’t they be treated as equals?”

Cate Blanchett who opened the festival also spoke about gender equality in cinema. She cited:

“Is (#MeToo) going to have a direct impact on the film in competition this year, six/nine months on? Not specifically. There are several women in competition. But they’re not there because of their gender. They are there because of the quality of their work. We will assess them as filmmakers, as we should.”

Well, it is wonderful to see such formidable women grace their presence at the 71st edition of Cannes Film Festival!