She Cannes – She has: Armeena Khan, Writhe's into Cannes

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She Cannes – She has: Manchester based actress Armeena Rana-Khan shows how it’s done at the World’s premier film festival.          


Manchester based actress Armeena Rana-Khan recently returned home from Cannes 2013 film festival where her latest short film, Writhe premiered in the Short film category. The film was reviewed favourably with Armeena receiving particular praise for her acting performance in the independent film which was shot in London, United Kingdom.

This was the first time at Cannes for Armeena despite having established herself in South Asia, where she is currently watched by millions on television in two hit Drama serials. Her first Bollywood film is also set to be release this year. Armeena turned down the chance of a telefilm in Dubai so she could fly back and shoot Writhe.

“Although much of my current work is in South Asian projects I was excited to be cast in this film. This is where actors like myself hone, refine and push our craft. It’s a dark and sinister role and very different to most of my other work. It’s refreshing to work in experimental projects where commercial constraints are less of an issue and the imperative is actually the idea and vision” said Armeena.

The films British director Shiraz Ali said ”Cannes is not only about technical achievement but also glamour and showbiz. So we were glad that we could get Armeena to come on board. Her multinational look was perfect for the role and gave the project that extra bit of glitz”.

Commenting on what it was like to mingle with the stars at Cannes, she said “Actually when you are there promoting your own project you end up working quite hard, so I was quite focused on my work. I was learning everything I could and networking. Of course there are the yacht parties and aftershow events that you get invited to but to be honest I missed most of that. However I must admit when Steven Spielberg or Nicole Kidman walk by your attention does get diverted but you just get back to the real reason you are there. I was glad to attend a couple of red carpet premiers including Amit Kumar’s excellent Monsoon Shootout where I met fellow actors Vijay Varma and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. But the highlights for me were the amazing selection of shorts that were in competition this year.”

Armeena is hoping to return to Cannes next year with another project. Her ambition is to one day win the Palme d'Or at Cannes.