Indian epic by Anurag Kashyap launches at Cannes

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CANNES, France (AP) — Director Anurag Kashyap is creating waves in India all the way from France.

His latest movie, "Gangs of Wasseypur," is India's first mainstream film to be screened in the Director's Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival. The epic follows a feuding family over 60 years in the rural eastern coal district of Dhanbad.

It stars Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Richa Chadda.

Kashyap says being at Cannes has increased interest in his movies in India. He says Indian movies that are not Bollywood are too often "sidelined as very boring and art house, and they don't often get released " in his native land.

But he said when "people everywhere are endorsing the film, back home they suddenly take it very seriously."

Kashyap has another film titled "Peddlers" showing in the festival's Critic's Week section.

The Cannes Film Festival runs until May 27.

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