Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - HTCITY ENTERTAINMENT - Henna Rakheja henna.rakheja@htlive.com

Areg­u­lar at the Fes­ti­val de Cannes, when Nan­dita Das at­tended the film fes­ti­val in France last month, to screen her upcoming film, Manto, she once again made red car­pet ap­pear­ances in saris, break­ing away from the clut­ter of gowns.

In Delhi re­cently, the ac­tor­film­maker spoke can­didly about how her choice to wear saris at the French Riviera has been la­belled mo­not­o­nous, but for her, Cannes “is not only about clothes, but the films, in­ter­est­ing peo­ple you meet and con­ver­sa­tions you have.”

Das shares that many tried to con­vince her to wear a dif­fer­ent dress this year. “So many de­sign­ers were call­ing me up. Some­body said, ‘This sari was worn by so and so.’ I said, ‘Lis­ten, I’m in the midst of try­ing to get my film in place with French sub­ti­tles and you think clothes are my pri­or­ity? Jo aaya, jiska blouse tha, pehno and go!” she ex­claims.

For the film­maker, “any cel­e­bra­tory oc­ca­sion is an ex­cuse” to wear a sari — some­thing she has im­bibed from her mother. “My mother al­ways wore saris [and] I was like ‘Oh god, travel mein sari nahi… but it’s just a mat­ter of get­ting used to it. Now, I look for­ward to ex­cuses to wear it... Peo­ple say, ‘Again you’re go­ing to wear a sari, how bor­ing!’ I say, ‘Peo­ple are wear­ing gowns again and again. Is that not bor­ing?’” Das con­cludes.


Nan­dita Das was at Cannes last month to screen her film, Manto

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