Bollywood sets the French Riviera alight.
It was a block buster like no other. The cream of Bollywood mingled with the hoi polloi of world cinema at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, the soggy weather not with standing. At the opening ceremony, Great Gatsby star Leonardo DiCaprio joined his Gatsby costar Amitabh Bachchan to declare the festival officially open while the heavy hitters of global cinema settled down for twelve days of glamor, high art and the fine cinema. As DiCaprio said, “It’s an insane experience. The whole town turns into a red carpet. Every hotel is a premiere. Cannes is the mecca for the world to celebrate filmmaking.”
Excellence in cinema
Cannes remains the grandest platform for filmmakers to showcase their talent. Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, Ryan Gosling starrer Drive and the Bangkok action film Only God Forgives are among the other films to debut at Cannes this year. Attention will also be on the twenty films competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or. The international films in the limelight this year are from Chad (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Grigris), China (Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin) and Japan (Hirokazu Koreeda’s Like Father, Like Son).
The glamor of Cannes
But Cannes is also synonymous with glitz and showbiz. It is after all the perfect balance between the business of movies, the making of movies and the stars who tell the stories. All set against the beautiful backdrop of the historical French Riviera. The look was stylish and elegant, whether it was Sonam Kapoor’s ethereal Anamika Khanna white lace sari and golden jacket or Vidya Balan’s stunning Sabyasachi lehenga paired with jhumkis, the Indian contingent shone.
Gatsby star Amitabh
The doyen of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan walked the red carpet for his Hollywood debut, The Great Gatsby, dapper and elegant in a dashing tuxedo, sequined jacket and polka dotted bow-tie. The megastar of Indian cinema addressed the audience in Hindi. “Acknowledging Cannes in recognizing 100 years of Indian Cinema, it was absolutely imperative for me to address, in my Mother tongue!" the actor tweeted later. During the photo call Amitabh wore a light blue striped jacket with white pants and shoes, attire only someone with Mr. Bachchan’s stature could carry off. Nandita Das, pretty and graceful in a non-designer red sari was also elegance personified. She was one of the jury members for the short films category.
Indian beauty Vidya
Vidya—who made her first appearance at Cannes as part of a ten member jury—epitomized grace and beauty with her almost purist ethnic look; full-sleeved blouses, khadi saris, anarkalis, Benarasis, chanderi paired with clutches embellished in Kashmiri, Parsi and Kutch craft.
After her first day dazzling appearance in a red lehenga and Amrapali jhumkas, she drew gasps when she glided into the Great Gatsby premier in a pristine peach Sabya creation the next day, every bit a Golconda princess.Minimal makeup, pulled back hair, highlighted eyes, her lovely features looking even more chiseled thanks to her recent weight loss, Vidya looked stunning. For the jury photo call, she wore a simple white sari, complemented by a full sleeved heavily embroidered blouse and statement jewelry; a picture of ethereal calm with her nude, understated makeup.
Rising from the Ashes
Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan proved once again why she is like the proverbial Phoenix, rising to the occasion as always, even more beautiful and elegant than before. She made her debut at Cannes in 2002 for Devdas and has been a regular since as brand ambassador of L’Oreal Paris, which is completing sixteen years as the official make-up partner for the Cannes festival.
She looked gorgeous in her black lace and sequined Elie Saab Couture gown, soft luminous makeup and nude lips, glossy hair cascading down her shoulders. She accessorized the high-voltage dress with a black miniaudiere. Off red carpet she was all French class in a white Saint Laurent shirt and long black mermaid-style Zac Posen skirt cinched with an Armani belt on the Martinez terrace where she gave interviews, all that extra baby weight long gone. She also wore a heavily embellished black and gold Sabyasachi sari, gold ornaments entwined in her messy updo when she addressed a function held to commemorate hundred years of Indian cinema.
Sonam a hit all the way
This was the lithe and lissome Sonam’s third Cannes appearance. The actress—along with Aishwarya Rai and Freida Pinto (all brand ambassadors for L’Oreal)—sported the brand’s new sunset look inspired by Bollywood’s different eras to commemorate a century of Indian cinema.
Her white lace sari, winged eyeliner, oxblood lips and large pearl nathni gave her a vintage, timeless appeal. She transformed into the belle of the ball for the Cannes Gala dinner, changing into a pink lacy Elie Saab dress. Sleek, straight hair, pink lipstick and cute ankle-strapped pumps finished her look. The next day at the Juene & Jolie Premiere she wore a beautiful floral Dolce & Gabbana voluminous dress, combining it with pretty printed pumps and a necklace by Sunita Kapoor.
Frieda Pinto does India proud
Freida Pinto walked the red carpet in a coral Gucci chiffon halter neck dress, belted with a golden beaded belt. Her golden pumps and Chopard jewels complemented her look perfectly as did her braided updo.
Chandelier earrings, frosted pink lips and winged eyeliner completed the look that was glam, soft and sophisticated. A perfect way to show off her chiseled features. The next day she sported a green Atelier Versace at the screening of De rouille et d’os, once again reinforcing her celeb status with her confidence in a thigh high slit dress, walking the ramp with an ease of someone to the manor born
Other Indian stars
Mallika Sherwat, India’s export to Hollywood decided to forgo her cleavage revealing dresses for once, opting for a simple gold beaded dress. She paired the dress with a golden clutch and silver sandals. The look was minimalistic, bare faced makeup and soft coral lips, barely there accessories. Ameesha Patel in a Manish Malhotra sari walked the red carpet with Shortcut Romeo’s lead actor Neil Nitin Mukesh. The film premiered at Cannes this year. In characteristic style Playboy pin up girl Sherlyn Chopra oozed oomph as she made an appearance at the unveiling of the second trailer on her film Kamasutra 3D.
Other Indian stars at the film extravaganza included superstar Rajnikant, making his first Cannes appearance where his movie Kochadaiyaan was unveiled. Versatile actor Nawwazuddin Siddiqui scored a hat trick as he made his second appearance for three of his films debuting at Cannes, Bombay Talkies, Dabba and Monsoon Shootout which will premiere at the festival. Anurag Basu and his three co-directors Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johan and Dibaker Banerjee also made an appearance as they presented their film Bombay Talkies.
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