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Before Deepika Padukone, 8 Indian celebrities who have been a jury member at Cannes
In 2002, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit starrer Devdas was screened at Cannes and in 2003, Aishwarya Rai became the first Indian Actress to serve as a Cannes jury member.
Bollywood actress Vidya Balan made her debut in Cannes in 2013 and she was also part of the jury panel.
In 2009, veteran actress Sharmila Tagore also was part of the jury panel at Cannes. She is a two time National Film Award-winning actress.
Actor and director Nandita Das served as a jury member at Cannes in 2005. Again in 2013, she served as a jury member for Cinéfondation which is a foundation under Cannes to promote next-gen international filmmakers.
Shekhar Kapur was part of the jury panel in 2010. He has won multiple awards like National Film Award, Filmfare Awards, a BAFTA nomination, and a Golden Globe Award.
Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy also served as a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.
Mrinal Sen was the first Indian to serve as a Cannes jury member in 1983. Four of his film were presented at the Cannes Film Festival including Ekdin Pratidin, Kharij, Khandhar, and Genesis.
In 1990, Mira Nair was a member of the jury panel at the Cannes Film Festival. Her movie Salaam Bombay! won two awards in 1998 at the Film Festival- Audience Award, and the Best First Film.