Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur feels India has strong potential to become the venue for a festival on the scale and level of Cannes Film Festival. "For too long we've been too impressed with West. The next Cannes is in India because if it's not, then I don't know where Cannes will go. We're the land of stories. The west is plateauing and the east is rising. We are the east, we've to step forward," Kapur said during the inauguration of the Indian pavilion at the 75th edition of the prestigious event. Cannes Film Festival 2022: Papon Says Its a Moment of Pride to Represent Assam at the Grand Stage.

He added, "We have to step forward confidently that the world will accept us. Let's go forward confidently. This is a moment of confidence. Cannes is extremely important but what is more important is how we use it afterwards. We have to focus on the aftermath of Cannes. We all have to take things seriously." Cannes 2022: Pooja Hegde Oozes Elegance In A White Printed Dress And Long Cape (View Pics).

Kapur is at Cannes as a part of Indian delegation led by Union Minister Anurag Thakur. On Tuesday, he along with R Madhavan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Grammy award-winner Ricky Kej, and Prasoon Joshi walked the red carpet.

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