In an extended response to the tweet that said “fashion over films at Cannes,” Vivek Agnihotri criticized Bollywood actors for permitting it.
The Tashkent Files, The Kashmir Files, and The Delhi Files are just a few of the well-known films directed by Vivek Agnihotri. But more than his films, he frequently makes news for his divisive tweets that poke fun at Bollywood actors and directors.
The just finished Cannes Film Festival is intended for “showcasing films, and it’s not a fashion show,” Vivek recently reminded everyone. Numerous celebrities also harshly criticized his tweet. The director now clarifies his point of view.
When Vivek Agnihotri went to Cannes to promote his movie The Tashkent Files, he immediately saw that “it has become more of a fashion show.” As reported by Hindustan Times, he said, “I witnessed that fashion models (actors and influencers) wearing weird costumes was the main attraction on the red carpet. And the greatest of the actors and directors walked by, and nobody cared about them. In fact, they were being pushed around.”
He added, “They are busy doing brand promotions, and that’s why they have to keep quiet. It’s like if you dance at somebody’s wedding and take money for it, you can’t criticize the food at the wedding. They have no spine left. Also, Bollywood actors have become social media influencers, so they are not acting anymore. For them, life is cool. ”
Vivek Agnihotri talked about the debut of various stars at Cannes 2023 and called it, “extremely strange and weird.” “And they even got a lot of limelight. I don’t understand what these influencers have got to do with feature films. It was very unfair for audiences in general because this is a dumbing down process,” he says, adding, “You are corrupting (the festival). Nobody cares about the central theme of the festival. Nobody knows which film was being screened or which won in what category. I am not commenting on anyone’s competence or capability, but most actors who attended Cannes from India had none of their films being there, and some didn’t even have a release in many years.”
The following year, Vivek Agnihotri hopes to make better decisions because Cannes is supposed to be a festival of important and unique films.