Retrospective: 18 times Bollywood stars have attended the Cannes Film Festival in saris


They might like dramatic trains and larger-than-life figures, but when it comes to portraying the homeland on the international stage, the best-dressed names in Bollywood remain committed to the charms of a well-draped saree. Browse the pages of Cannes red carpet history and you will discover that this timeless classic has played a starring role in the wardrobes of almost every chosen one who has attended it over the years.

After a temporary hiatus due to the restrictions induced by the pandemic in 2020, the film festival is now back on the French Riviera, the jury and talent showing off on the red carpet in all their finery to make up for missed opportunities to the last year. As we look forward to another year of sartorial revelry, join us as we travel back in time to all the sarees that sparkled and shone under the marquees of the Cannes red carpet.

All the flagship saris of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s wardrobe in Cannes

It was 2002, and a fresh-faced Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked the coveted red carpet for the premiere of Devdas. Her outfit chosen for this memorable occasion? A mustard yellow saree from designer Neeta Lulla that showcased her slender figure. In the years that followed, she began hanging out with Hollywood’s elite in a parade of classics – from the striking green hue she chose from the same designer for her second outing, to the sheer drape she chose. in the Sabyasachi stable in 2010. That the focal point of the look was a slicked back bun and a smoky eye made another Sabyasachi signature. The timeless silhouette won her vote again in 2013, the star taking to the red carpet in a shimmering gold drape by Tarun Tahiliani before slipping into a head-to-toe black lehenga saree by – you guessed it – Sabyasachi. .

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Neeta Lulla with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in 2002



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