Indian Fashion at Cannes Depicting Desi Roots & Heritage you Simply Can’t Miss

Punjabi suits, sarees and even a nath; Indian celebrities flaunted the elegance and versatility of desi fashion at the Cannes Red Carpet. And bowled us over! Here’s a look at the pieces that stole our heart.

Srushti Pathak
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The 77th Cannes Film Festival has seen some dazzling appearances by Indian celebrities, actors and content creators. Not content with just the genius of Bharat Parva, the desi fashion glam has also become the talk of the town. Several red carpet regulars and rising stars beautifully represented Indian fashion on the global stage with everything from a nath to sarees. Here are some looks that reflected Indian roots and heritage with grace at the Cannes Festival.

Aimee Baruah in Mekhela Sador

This actress made an appearance in traditional Assamese attire! Aimee wore a traditional Assamese Muga Silk Mekhela Sador (or Chador) that was designed by Mrs. Momita Sharma. The ensemble was adorned with ancient 200-year-old Assamese designs like Goj Bota and Gam Kharu. Aimee accessorised her look with Gamkharu on her wrist, Assamese gamosa, Riha, and Kopou Phul (foxtail orchids) in her hair bun. The origin of Mekhela Chador can be traced back to ancient times and it is usually used to be worn in simple designs and muted colours. And she looked stunning!

Ratna Pathak Shah in a Chanderi Saree

For the Cannes 2024 red carpet, actor Ratna Pathak Shah wore her own saree with a bespoke himroo blouse. At the screening of filmmaker Shyam Benegal’s 1976 film, Manthan (May 18) at the ongoing 77th Cannes Film Festival, actor Ratna Pathak Shah stood out. She had joined her husband Naseeruddin Shah, Manthan’s lead actor. Pathak Shah wore a yellow Chanderi saree from her personal collection, paired with a lavender blouse and jacket custom made by the Mumbai-headquartered label, re-ceremonial. Shah’s saree, a handwoven Chanderi, was a personal purchase from the label Meekhalio. The saree incorporates the samandar leher technique that lends the drape a multi-shaded effect. The label used blue and green shades on a white base, overdyed with yellow to create a unique Dhoop Chaon (light and shade) effect, according to Ateev Anand, founder of re-ceremonial.

Sunanda Sharma in Chanderi Anarkali

Punjabi singer Sunanda Sharma wows the Cannes Film Festival by wearing a white Anarkali suit. The ‘Mummy Nu Pasand’ singer was exuding grace and elegance in the ethnic piece. For her Cannes debut, Sharma wore a beautiful ivory Anarkali suit and dupatta with stylish gold heels. She completed the look by wearing a traditional nath (nose ring) and maang teeka. The singer performed songs which included ‘Gud Naal Ishq Mitha’, ‘Ik Taara Bajda Ve’ and more at the Bharat Parva.

RJ Karishma in a Mirror Work Saree

Karishma Gangwal, who is famous as RJ Karishma, made her debut on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, marking her first global appearance. She wore a custom silver mirrorwork saree designed by Abhinav Mishra. Her outfit was adorned with intricate sheesha (mirror-work) and delicate sequins, making it a perfect blend of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary flair. The outfit, which took nearly 60 days to make, showcased the rich heritage of Indian artistry. She completed her overall look with simple rings and stone earrings by Aadiya Jewels.

Shahana Goswami in a Satin Saree

Actress Shahana Goswami’s fashion game at the 77th Cannes Film Festival has us taking notes. The actress is attending the prestigious film festival for the premiere of her movie, Santosh in the Un Certain Regard section. The talented actress went the timeless route at the global event as she opted for a stunning drape by designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. It was not an ordinary ensemble as she paired the beautiful satin saree with a Swarovski-embellished blouse. The blouse is the highlight, which features a deep U-shaped neckline and sleeveless straps. The same sparkling jewels repeat on a waistband that merges fabulously with the look. The saree in itself exuded sheer elegance with its monochrome pattern. Shahana paired the saree with jewel-toned earrings from Tribe Amrapali.

Sonam Chhabra in a Farehat Saree

Indian actor Sonam Chhabra shined bright as a symbol of strength at the Cannes Film Festival as she walked the red carpet just five months after going through an organ donation. Chhabra also became the first actor to promote organ donation at the prestigious European film festival after she donated her liver to her ailing mother in December last year. Chhabra, who last appeared in the second season of the TV series Made In Heaven, walked the red carpet for the Cannes Film Festival in France on Monday. She represented India with her traditional Farehat saree from Torani that takes its inspiration from the bygone eras of tribal kafile. With prominent motifs that one can find on every other street and corner of the country, the vintage black tone of the saree is balanced with a burst of colours in the border, embellished by hand with sequin work and chikan embroidery.

Ankush Bahuguna in a Kurta Set

Content creator Ankush Bahuguna, the first Indian male beauty influencer to attend the Cannes Film Festival. His outfit, of course, displayed a fabulous riot of colours, but the highlight of his look is indeed those ombre eyebrows. Designed by Torani, Ankush’s eclectic attire featured a purple kurta set and a shrug showcasing quirky patterns. He rounded off his look with a stole boasting similar peppy printed motifs all over.

Chhaya Kadam in Aai chi Saadi ani Nath

Actress Chhaya Kadam made her debut at Cannes Film Festival with the Malayalam film 'All We Imagine As Light’. A marathi cinema veteran, she is known for her recent work in ‘Laapata Ladies’ and “Madgaon Express’. Kadam's Cannes journey was not merely about showcasing her acting prowess but also about honouring her roots and cherished memories. Adorned in her late mother's cherished saree and nath, Chhaya Kadam exuded grace and reverence as she walked the red carpet at the French Riviera, capturing the attention of the global media. With poignant Marathi words, she conveyed her feelings, "Mom, my dream of taking you on a plane ride remained unfulfilled....but today, I am satisfied that I brought your saree and nose ring with me on the plane to the Cannes Film Festival."

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