DAS OPENS UP ABOUT WEARING SARI AT CANNES
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