Linen, jamdani, earthy hues — Nandita Das is doing her own thing at Cannes

Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
May 26, 2017 02:24 PM IST

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.

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.

Actor Nandita Das is at the Cannes Film Festival to promote her directorial venture, Manto.
Actor Nandita Das is at the Cannes Film Festival to promote her directorial venture, Manto.

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.

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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.

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