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Vidya Balan confirmed as jury member at 66th Cannes Film Festival

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Vidya Balan has been confirmed as a jury member at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

The Dirty Picture star joins the nine-member jury which also includes Life of Pi director Ang Lee and Lincoln director Steven Spielberg, PTI reports.

Commenting on the news on Twitter director Anurag Kashyap said: "Vidya Balan on cannes jury... awesome..."

Famed for her critically acclaimed performances in The Dirty Picture, Kahaani and Parineeta, Balan will be joined on the jury by Oscar-winning actors Nicole Kidman and Christoph Waltz, Japanese director Naomi Kawase, Scottish director Lynne Ramsay, French actor-director Daniel Auteuil and Romanian director Cristian Mungiu.

The 35-year-old actress is said to be "excited" and apprehensive about the honour and has enlisted her favourite designer Sabyasachi to prepare her wardrobe - comprising her trademark sarees - in preparation for the event.

A close friend of Balan told The Times of India: "Sabyasachi is very excited to be a part of Vidya's big moment. They have become thick friends over the years and Vidya trusts the designer blindly when it comes to designing her sarees. However, Sabya is a bit nervous this time, as he doesn't want anything to go wrong on the red carpet."



Actress Nandita Das will also be a part of a separate jury for short films at this year's festival. Director Shekhar Kapur and actresses Sharmila Tagore and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have previously been part of the Cannes jury.

The jury will award the coveted Palme d'Or prize to one of the 19 films in competition at this year's festival, which has four films from India in the official selection.

Bombay Talkies will have a gala screening at the festival; Dabba (Lunchbox) and Monsoon Shootout, co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, have been selected for the Cannes Critics' Week and Midnight Screening sections respectively; and Kashyap will also be screening his film Ugly in the festival's Directors' Fortnight, where he last year showcased his two-part revenge drama Gangs of Wasseypur.

India has been named the guest country of the festival in honour of the 100-year centenary of Hindi cinema.

The festival opens on May 15 with the premiere of The Great Gatsby, which will be attended by Amitabh Bachchan.

Watch a trailer for The Great Gatsby below:

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