The world has a front-row seat to everything that’s going on at the Cannes Film Festival this year, thanks to the endless stream of social media posts populating all of our feeds. With India being the ‘Country Of Honour’ at the festival, a large contingent of Indian celebrities has been invited to attend the festival, including regulars like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and new faces like Tamannaah Bhatia and Pooja Hegde.
Another pleasant surprise this year has been the number of Indian influencers at the film festival, with Masoom Minawala and Malvika Sitlani making their Cannes debut this year. The red carpet is always the most anticipated event of the festival, with celebrities pulling all stops to whip up extraordinary looks; and so far, these Indian celebrities haven’t disappointed with their red carpet and off-duty choices. Here are some of our favourite looks from Indian celebrities at Cannes this year…
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Cannes regular Aishwarya Rai Bachchan showed she is a veteran for a reason with her statement-making monochrome pink Valentino pantsuit, paired with pink Valentino Garavanni stilettos.
The actress is also no stranger to dramatic red carpet gowns. In 2017, the former beauty queen looked like a vision in her ice blue Michael Cinco gown. The actress went with the same designer for her 2018 appearance, with her butterfly gown that, reportedly, took 3000 hours to make. This time, the actress went with a black Dolce & Gabbana gown with 3D floral details.
The actress made her debut as a Cannes jury member in a Louis Vuitton dress, but stuck with Indian designer Sabyasachi for the rest of her looks so far. For the jury photocall, Padukone looked at home in the French Riviera as she wore a floral-printed silk shirt and wool trousers by the designer, with her hair pulled back with a silk scarf.
Her most recent look makes a strong case for pantsuits as she looked like a million bucks in her black pleated ArdAzAei pantsuit paired with a Cartier choker.
Pooja Hegde kicked off Day 2 with a white dress that came with a long train by Lebanese label Honayda.
For the red carpet, however, the actress went with an old-school silhouette and lots and lots of ruffles in the gigantic skirt of her pink gown by Lebanese designer Geyanna Youness.
The actress, whose appearance at the festival created quite a stir back in 2019 when people questioned the legitimacy of her being invited to walk the red carpet, Khan paid no heed to the haters and returned to the French Riviera prepared to make heads turn with her looks, like the Tarun Tahiliani ivory corset and sari ensemble she picked for her first look.
For the red carpet, she went with a strapless red gown with a pleated surface texture detail by Dubai-based Syrian designer Rami Al Ali.
Urvashi Rautela made her “dream debut” at the Cannes Film Festival red carpet this year in a white, one-shoulder gown with tiered ruffles and minimal metallic embellishments by Lebanese-Italian designer Tony Ward.
The Baahubali actress continued the trend of Indian celebrities wearing saris at Cannes with her first look, which was a striped Amit Aggarwal sari that was a characteristic blend of fluid and structure.
For the red carpet, the actress picked a Gauri and Nainika gown that made her look like a Disney princess.
Bhatia went in the opposite direction with her second red carpet look where she channeled Maleficent in a sleek black Yanina Couture gown with a thigh-high slit and a sheer cape.
Global influencer Masoom Minawala went with an all-pink Valentino ensemble for her first appearance at Cannes.
At the Indian Pavillion, she decided to go for a silver Amit Aggarwal outfit, complete with statement lace sleeves that swept the floors and a draped skirt.
She went back to pink for her red carpet debut and wore an empire-waisted strapless gown by Saudi Arabian designer Yousef Akbar.
This multi-hyphenated influencer is not new to the Film Festival. Last year, the influencer made news when she shared photos of herself in a yellow Studio NK organza skirt with a pair of breastpumps attached to her corset, asking the question, “What does being a mother truly mean?” This year, Khosla wore a white Manish Malhotra sari with a feather-accented blouse and accessories to match.
The beauty influencer chose a peppy Papa Don’t Preach dress for her first look as she landed in South of France.
For the red carpet, Sitlani wore a bespoke Millia London orange gown with a massive ruffled skirt and train.