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Bollywood Stars Shine at Cannes 2023: Showcasing Indian Elegance on the Global Stage

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As the glitz and glamour of the 76th Cannes Film Festival unfurled on the French Riviera, a bevy of Indian celebrities dazzled the red carpet, putting their best fashion foot forward. This star-studded affair celebrated not only for its rich cinema but also for its fashion panache, witnessed an array of stunning looks from Bollywood's finest.

Among the notable debutants at Cannes was Bollywood's Sara Ali Khan, who exuded royalty in an exquisite Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla lehenga. Embodying the charm of Indian fashion, the lehenga intricately embroidered with gold threads turned heads at the festival. Not one to settle for less, Khan chose a second Indian ensemble, a black and white blouse, and draped saree again from Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, presenting an elegant contrast to the red carpet.

Sara Ali Khan in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla lehenga at Cannes 2023
Sara Ali Khan in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla lehenga at Cannes 2023

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Sara Ali Khan in her second look for Cannes a Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla saree

Aditi Rao Hydari marked her second year at Cannes with a striking impression on the red carpet, exuding warmth in a vibrant yellow ruffled ballgown. Opting for elegant simplicity, Aditi chose to pair her stunning attire with minimalistic makeup and jewelry. The actress was present for the screening of the movie 'L'Ete Dernier (Last Summer)', helmed by Catherine Breillat. She also represented cosmetic titan L'Oreal at the event, along with esteemed faces such as Andie McDowell, Kanu Behl, and Priyanka Bose. Her off-red carpet look - a dreamy blue outfit by Oscar De La Renta for a L'Oreal shoot, was equally captivating.

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Aditi Rao Hydari stunning at cannes 2023

Aditi Rao Hydari Yellow ball gown
Aditi Rao Hydari's yellow ball gown is personal favourite here at SSFW

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Aditi Rao Hydari in a beautiful blue Oscar De La Renta

Bollywood powerhouse Anushka Sharma commanded attention in an off-shoulder cream-colored Richard Quinn ensemble. Known for creating pieces that exude poise and grace, this famed designer's gown enveloped Sharma in an ethereal aura, accentuating her curves and presenting an enchanting silhouette. The fashion spectacle didn't end with the dress; Sharma's minimalist, sheer glam look, and the artistry of celebrity makeup artist Puneet B Saini, perfectly complemented the ensemble. The peaches and cream complexion, bright coral eyeshadow with a hint of gold, rose-doused cheeks, and matte pink lip framed Sharma's features beautifully, presenting an image of timeless sophistication. To crown it all, Sharma's hair, styled by Yianni Tsapatori, was tied in an elegant twisted knot bun, adding the finishing touch to her unforgettable Cannes appearance. Sharma's appearance was a highlight at the premiere of Ken Loach's 'The Old Oak.'

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Anushka Sharma in Richard Quinn

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Anushka Sharma on the red carpet for Cannes 2023

Mrunal Thakur, debuting at the Film Festival, proved her fashion prowess with a series of stunning ensembles. After turning heads on her first day in a sophisticated black Verandah swimsuit, lace pants, and a blinged-out jacket. Thakur channeled her inner "desi girl" look for day two, The Jersey star gracefully donned a pastel saree from the house of Falguni Shane Peacock India, embodying a blend of traditional charm and modern chic. As a representative of the esteemed vodka brand, Grey Goose, her choice of attire made a distinct statement. Thakur's off-red-carpet look was equally striking, featuring a unique hooded Anamika Khanna number and a pair of sleek Christian Louboutin heels. Whether it's a bold, blinged-out ensemble or a demure saree, Thakur's diverse and memorable Cannes appearances have indeed carved her space in the global fashion panorama.

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Mrunal Thakur striking a pose in Studio Verandah

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Mrunal Thakur in Falguni Shane Peacock India

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Mrunal Thakur looking bold and beautiful in Anamika Khanna

Special shoutout to Dolly Singh who may just have worn our favorite look at Cannes this year with her third red carpet appearance, much to the delight of all of us here. Her chosen attire was a sophisticated Tarun Tahiliani black saree with a contemporary twist. The ensemble, complete with a dramatic hood and cape, infused a certain flair of sophistication into the traditional Indian attire. Complementing the striking ensemble were a traditional polki maang tika and stud earrings, effortlessly maintaining equilibrium in her overall look. Singh's makeup, comprising a full glam look with a bold brown lip shade, complemented her attire perfectly. Sharing this exhilarating experience with Dipika Khosla and renowned singer Raja Kumari, Singh graced the screening of Tran Anh Huh’s film, 'La Passion De Dodin Bouffant'. Her emotive caption encapsulated the honor and thrill she felt at her third appearance on the globally revered red carpet.

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Dolly Singh in a show stopping Tarun Tahiliani saree

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Dolly Singh and her Tarun Tahiliani saree take the red-carpet

Not to be outdone, former Miss World Manushi Chhillar wowed spectators in a white Fovari tulle gown, looking like a vision on the opening night. Esha Gupta, in her Nicolas Jebran SS23 couture pastel pink gown, made a striking entry, while Urvashi Rautela stunned in a bright orange ruffled dress and a pink gown at the opening ceremony.

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Manushi Chhillar wowing in a Fovari gown

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Esha Gupta is all smiles in Nicolas Jebran

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Urvashi Rautela walking the red carpet

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Urvashi Rautela in pink for the opening ceremony

The Cannes veteran Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, known for her perennially captivating looks, took the fashion world by storm in a dramatic silver gown adorned with a giant silver hood and black bow. This avant-garde ensemble brought an element of intrigue and anticipation to the event.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a dramatic silver and black Sophie Couture gown

This celebration of Indian fashion at Cannes 2023 highlights the global recognition of Indian sartorial elegance, blending tradition with innovation.

This year, the Indian celebrities not only represented their country with pride but also left their own unique mark on the red carpet with their eclectic style.

So, as we eagerly keep an eye on the Cannes Film Festival, we look forward to seeing more such inspiring, creative, and trend-setting looks from our Indian celebrities.


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