Linen, jamdani, earthy hues — Nandita Das is doing her own thing at Cannes
From linen saris and comfortable handloom separates to classic zari, check out how Nandita Das is showcasing everyday Indian fashion at Cannes Film Festival 2017.fashion and trends Updated: May 26, 2017 14:24 IST
The curious case of couture at Cannes continues to unravel year after year, as the annual film festival, now in its 70th edition, makes a (debatable) case for luxury fashion. And, while Bollywood has managed to make its presence felt with magnificent trains, fairytale ballgowns and ensembles hot off global runways, there’s another fashion player who does it silently, and in her signature way. Actor Nandita Das, in a recent interview with Hindustan Times said that while she doesn’t enjoy the media’s attention on merely fashion at Cannes, she does take care about how she dresses (like she would for any other event, not specifically for Cannes). The actor added that one doesn’t have to be obsessed about fashion and it is not on top of her priority list.
Thus, there’s no surprise that Das’s style at Cannes comes across as well thought of, but, completely effortless. And, she is one of the few Bollywood actors at the festival who is also making a case for Indian handlooms and ethnicwear abroad. From saris and comfy separates to the contemporary salwar-kameez, her picks provide a fresh breath of air.
The actor is at the Cannes film festival to promote her directorial project Manto, based on late writer Saadat Hasan Manto.
Among the designers she has worn at the festival include Mumbai-based Anavila Misra and Paromita Banerjee.
The life and work of Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto has inspired several film projects in recent years. The latest, which is currently still in production, is the biopic from Nandita Das called 'Manto' - starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the eponymous role and Rasika Dugal as Manto’s wife Safiyah. The team behind the project attended a special showcase for the film in Cannes this week, where they also took part in a Q&A session. #Manto #mantothefilm #NanditaDas @nawazuddin._siddiqui #NawazzuddinSiddiqui #RasikaDugal @rasikadugal #Q&A #Showcase #cannesfilmfestival @festivaldecannes #Cannes #Cannes70 #cannes2017 #France #FrenchRiviera #LAFF #London #Asian #Film #Festival #cinema #InstaCannes