Prateik Babbar claims that his mother Smita Patil would have been “extremely proud” with the Cannes premiere of “Manthan.”

Actor Prateik Patil Babbar says he is filled with immense pride as the movie is restored and that if his mother was here today, she too would have been “incredibly proud” of her. Babbar is set to represent his mother and late legendary actress Smita Patil’s film “Manthan” at the 77th Cannes Film Festival by Shyam Benegal.


“Manthan,” my mother’s 1976 picture, has been restored and will debut in the Cannes Classics section at the 77th Cannes picture Festival, Prateik said in a tete-a-tete with IANS. Prateik formally added his mother’s last name earlier this year.

“I am honored to be the mother of my late mother at this momentous occasion, which also happens to be my first time attending the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. As her son, I have always considered her to be one of the finest actresses in Indian movie history, thus this is a really special occasion for me,” the actor said.

The groundbreaking milk cooperative movement of Verghese Kurien served as the inspiration for “Manthan,” which took home the 1977 National Award for Best Feature Film. Totally crowdfunded with contributions of Rs 2 from 5,00,000 farmers, the movie is based on the White Revolution that took place in the nation.

The fact that “Manthan” is being shown at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, according to Prateik (37), is an enormous honor for both the movie and Indian cinema.

The actor, who is dressed in an outfit by designers Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, stated, “This film represents a significant moment in our cinematic history, demonstrating the power of collective effort and the impact of socially conscious storytelling.”

Speaking about his late mother Smita Patil, who passed away in 1986 at the age of 31 from problems after delivery, he remarked, “My mother would be incredibly proud if she were here today.” She had always had a strong interest in movies that changed lives, so seeing “Manthan” honoured on such a prominent international stage would confirm her conviction that significant art exists.

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