Cannes 2024: Panchayat’s Binod Aka Ashok Pathak’s Film Sister Midnight Gets Standing Ovation

Panchayat’s Binod At Cannes: Remember Binod from the popular web series Panchayat? Actor Ashok Pathak from Panchayat has reached the Cannes Film Festival 2024. The actor’s film ‘Sister Midnight’ was screened under Directors Fortnight at the film festival. Not only this, Radhika Apte and Ashok Pathak starrer received a 10-minute standing ovation. 

The video from the film festival shows the actor and the film’s team getting overwhelmed with the reception the film received. 

Ashok also shared pictures from the French Riviera in which he is seen wearing a cream-coloured suit with a brown shirt.


Netizens reaction

Netizens were quick to comment on the post and the comments had reference to ‘Panchayat’ and his character in the series.  

A user commented, “देख रहा हैं ना बिनोद कैसे बढ़िया कपड़ा पहन के फोटू खिचाया जा रहा हैं 😂❤️” 

Another commented, “बिनोद भईया फुलेरा से सीधे परदेस चले गए हैं शास्त्रों में प्रगति इसी को कहा गया है 🤪” 

Gram panchayat Phulera se direct Cannes ❤️❤️,” wrote another user. 

“देख रहा है बिनोद कैसे, #panchayatseason3 से कमाई कर भ्रमण किया जा रहा है 🔥❤️,” another comment read. 

About Sister Midnight 

Directed by Karan Kandhari, the film, is about a wife who navigates the challenges of married life in a slum. Having suffered oppression, she aims to seek revenge. Ashok Pathak plays Radhika’s alcoholic husband. 

Film Companion’s review of the film reads, “Director Karan Kandhari and editor Napoleon Stratogiannakis create a slicing narrative rhythm that mirrors Uma’s increasing rage. There are extended sequences – especially one at the beginning of the film – with minimal dialogue that showcase Karan’s distinctive voice as a filmmaker. The film is purposefully disjointed and there are moments here that will make you laugh out loud.   This is an audacious, ambitious film which throws in eclectic music choices and stop-motion animation.” 

Ashok Pathak on Panchayat’s success 

Last year in an interview with Hindustan Times, Ashok said that ‘Panchayat’ and Binod’s character changed his life. “I am in the industry since 2011 and have been part of several good projects, including Bittoo Boss (2012), 102 Not Out (2018) and Sacred Games but Binod ne zindagi badal di…sab pehchanne lage. Bahut mohabaat mil rahi hai aur yahi sabse badi daulat hai,” he told Hindustan Times. 

He also shared about his background and revealed that his father was a daily wager. “On “My father (Ram Naresh Pathak) was a daily wager, who lived in a village. I was poor in studies. On sifarish, I got admission in CRM Jat College for graduation but that changed my life. In the youth festival, I won the best actor award and we went on to win at the national level as well. I got awarded by (actor) Ashutosh Rana sir. My photo was everywhere (in the newspapers) which was a big deal and phir pariwar ne kaha… ‘Kar bhai jo bhi karna hai’,” he said. 

About Panchayat Season 3

Panchayat Season 3 will premiere worldwide on May 28 in Hindi, with dubs in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada, exclusively on Prime Video.  

The trailer for season 3 was released on Wednesday (May 15) and the official synopsis of the show reads, “As the Panchayat elections approach, both Pradhan and Bhushan camps engage in a fierce battle to uplift their public image. Navigating the murky waters of Phulera politics, Abhishek does his best to maintain his objectivity.”   

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