the jury "will strive to take the best possible care"
Deepika Padukone will be part of the competition jury for the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
Cannes is one of the prestigious film festivals, providing an opportunity for the best film talents to be recognised globally.
The festival will begin on May 17, 2022, and run until May 28.
Cannes Film Festival announced that Deepika Padukone will be part of the eight-member jury which will reward one of the 21 films in competition with the Palme d’Or during the closing ceremony.
In a statement, Cannes said: “Indian actress, producer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Deepika Padukone, is a huge star in her country.
“With over 30 feature films to her credit, she made her English language film debut as the female lead in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, co-starring with Vin Diesel.
“She is also the principal of Ka Productions, the production company behind Chhapaak and 83, in which she also starred, as well as the upcoming film The Intern.
“Credits include Gehraiyaan and Padmaavat, as well as the award-winning and critically acclaimed film Piku.
“In 2015, she set up The Live Love Laugh Foundation, whose programs and initiatives aim to destigmatise mental illness and raise awareness about the importance of mental health.
“In 2018, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.”
The news excited fans, with many taking to the comments section.
“You always make us so proud of you.”
Another wrote: “So proud of you queen.”
A third commented: “Congratulations.”
Her husband Ranveer Singh was quick to share his happiness.
Commenting on his wife’s announcement post, Ranveer simply wrote: “Wah.”
In addition to Deepika Padukone, other jury members include filmmaker Rebecca Hall, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Italian actor-director Jasmine Trinca, acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, French filmmaker Ladj Ly, filmmaker Jeff Nichols and director-screenwriter Joachim Trier from Norway.
French actor Vincent Lindon will serve as the Jury President.
He said that the jury “will strive to take the best possible care of the films of the future”.
The Festival will run from May 17 to 28.
On the work front, Deepika was last seen in Gehraiyaan, in which her performance was praised.
She will be seen in Pathaan, which will mark Shah Rukh Khan’s return to acting. Another project is Fighter opposite Hrithik Roshan.