Here's a look at the pictures she shared.
In Cannes1976 for Nishant in official section.The simplicity of it all. Film was important not the clothes! pic.twitter.com/hmHA2LHCN1? Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) April 15, 2017
Another still from Cannes Festival 1976 Nishant in official selection pic.twitter.com/lPODdOp6Em? Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) April 15, 2017
In fact, veteran director Shyam Benegal made the actresses walk in saris down the promenade, "for attention." Ms Azmi also shared an anecdote about their Cannes experience. "We had only eight USD, and each of us survived on the per diem provided by the festival. (sic)" Per diem is a daily allowance of expenses given per day by an organisation to cover living expenses when travelling for work.
We had only 8 USD each survived on the per diem given by the Festival.Shyam had Smita and me walk down the promenade in saris 4 attention https://t.co/RJ6Cm7RFFL? Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) April 15, 2017
As the Neerja actress shared her picture, tweets poured in from her fans.
That's such a generous comment! Thank you https://t.co/qZGYnPFoQA? Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) April 15, 2017
@AzmiShabana Two pivots of parallel cinema, wish those kinds of movies are made again!!? rubab khan (@khankhanrubab) April 15, 2017
@AzmiShabana True mam, loved these films including several other made by Shyam Benegal sir...? Arun Kaushik (@kaushik_arun27) April 15, 2017
Nishant is a 1975 Hindi film, based on an original screenplay by playwright Vijay Tendulkar. The film also stars veterans like Girish Karnad, Amrish Puri and Naseeruddin Shah. It was incidentally Mr Shah's debut film.
Bollywood has always left a mark on the Cannes red carpet. Actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor have been regulars at the festival. Katrina Kaif, who joined the L'Oreal family in 2015 in Cannes, gave a miss to the festival last year due to her work commitments.