Renowned filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri recently took to Twitter once again to express his disappointment with what he sees as the decline of the Cannes Film Festival. Agnihotri emphasized that the individuals garnering attention on the Cannes red carpet are not actors or associated with films in any way. Sharing a screenshot of a newspaper displaying various celebrities at the festival, he tweeted, "So sad to see the death of Cannes Film Festival. Most of these are not even actors or have any film showing at Cannes. Films are replaced with fashion. Actors with social media influencers. Film journalism with... you know what... And FILMMAKERS... who cares about them? Om Shanti!"
This is not the first time Agnihotri has criticized the festival's shift away from its film-centric focus. Two days prior, he tweeted, "Do you know that Cannes Film Festival is about films? I thought I should remind you just in case you were thinking it's a fashion show." He also shared a picture of Aishwarya Rai posing in a silver outfit at Cannes and criticized the use of "costume slaves" who assist actors in managing their dresses on the red carpet. "Why are we becoming so stupid and oppressive just for such uncomfortable fashion?" he questioned in his tweet.
In addition to Agnihotri, notable personalities such as Nandita Das and Meera Chopra have also voiced their concerns regarding the Cannes Film Festival's increasing emphasis on fashion. Nandita shared several throwback pictures of herself in sarees from her previous visits to Cannes and remarked, "Sadly missing Cannes this year. Sometimes people seem to forget that it is a festival of films and not of clothes! Considering I can't show you the amazing films I watched or the conversations I had or take you back in time when Manto premiered there."
The 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which commenced on May 16 and will conclude on May 27, has witnessed numerous personalities gracing the red carpet. Among them are Aishwarya Rai, Diana Penty, Sara Ali Khan, Esha Gupta, Vijay Varma, Manushi Chillar, Mrunal Thakur, Sapna Choudhary, and Urvashi Rautela. The festival serves as a significant platform for filmmakers to showcase their works and compete for prestigious awards which was established in 1946.