Deepika Padukone is now on the Cannes Film Festival jury. After Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore and others, Padukone is among a select few Indian actors to serve on the prestigious panel.

Actor Deepika Padukone has officially become a member of the Cannes Jury, presided by French actor Vincent Lindon who won Best Actor at Cannes in 2015.

Jury for the film festival's 75th edition was unveiled on Tuesday. Joining Deepika on the panel are actors Rebecca Hall and Nommi Rapace, known famously for their roles in Iron Man 3 and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, respectively.

Also on the jury are Asghar Farhadi, Jasmine Trinca, Jeff Nichols, Ladj Ly and Joachim Trier. The jury will award the Palme d'Or honours at the closing of the yearly festival which will kick off on May 17 and come to a close on May 28.

Padukone is now among selected few Indian actors who have served on the Cannes jury, with the likes of Aishwarya Rai Bachan, Sharmila Tagore, Nandita Das and Vidya Balan being a member of the same before her.

Sharing the news on her Instagram Stories, Padukone posted her bio on the Festival's de Cannes website, which describes her as '' actress, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur.'' Her film credits include Piku, Padmaavat and her latest, Gehraiyaan.

''Padukone is a huge star in her country. With other 30 feature films to her credit, she made her English language film debut as the female lead in xXx : The Return of Xander Cage, co-starring Vin Diesel. She is also the principal of Ka Productions, the production company behind Chhapaak and '83, in which she also starred, as well as the upcoming film The Intern.

Credits include Gehraiyaan Padmaavat, as well as the award winning and critically acclaimed, Piku.

In 2015, she set up the Live Love Laugh Foundation, whose programmes and initiatives aim to destigmatizes mental illness and raise awareness about the importance of mental health.

In 2018, TIME MAGAZINE named her in its list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.''

21 films are in competition at the Cannes Film Festival this year, among them are David Cronenberg's Crimes of  The Future and Claire Denis' Stars at Noon.

The out of competition film screenings include Tom Cruise's Top Gun sequel Maverick and Buz Luhmann directed Elvis biopic.

On the work front, Padukone has several films in the pipeline including Pathaan with Shah Rukh Khan, Fighter with Hrithik Roshan and Project K.

The World Students Society thanks News Desk, The Express Tribune.


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