Kalpana (1948) directed by Uday Shankar will be screened as part of Cannes Classics. The film has been restored by the World Cinema Foundation chaired by Martin Scorsese from a copy of the original negative preserved by the National Film Archive of India.
Kalpana is the only film written and directed by noted dancer Uday Shankar. It is a dance-drama revolving around a young dancer’s dream to set up a dance academy. The film featured Uday Shankar and his wife Amala Shankar in lead roles.
Cannes Film Festival created the Cannes Classics programme in 2004 to showcase restored prints of classic films and masterpieces of film history.
The Cannes Classics 2012 programme includes 13 feature films, two shorts, a mini-concert and four documentaries. All these films will be world premieres.
Some of the other films to be screened in this section are: Once Upon a time in America by Sergio Leone, Tess by Roman Polanski, Jaws by Steven Spielberg, The Ring by Alfred Hitchcock, Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean and Runaway Train by Andrei Konchalovsky.