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Uday Shankar’s Kalpana at Cannes this year

The Cannes Film festival this year will have a heady dose of India. After Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur (Part 1 and 2), Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely and Peddlers by Vasan Bala, Kalpana will be the fifth Indian movie to make it to the prestigious film festival.
Kalpana, the 1948 movie which was directed by legendary dancer Uday Shankar, has been restored by Martin Scorcese. Kalpana is a legend of sorts as this is also the film where Guru Dutt first worked as an assistant editor (AD) and typed the movie script. The experience of working on this movie became Dutt’s basis for Pyaasa. Kalpana is also touted as one of the most modern films of its times.
The story was written at Uday Shankar’s Dance Academy at Pine Lodge, Rani Dhara in Uttarakhand’s Almora. The story is about a writer pitching his story to a producer.
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