Mumbai, May 10 -- For celebrities, the Cannes Film Festival is as much about cinema as it is about wearing the right outfit on the red carpet. And as the world watches, the ladies representing the Bollywood contingent at the 66th edition of the festival (from May 15-26) will all don Indian outfits.
Actors Vidya Balan, Sonam Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ameesha Patel and Freida Pinto are reportedly planning to don ethnic outfits.
Aishwarya plans to wear an off-white sari with intricate embroidery, by the Bachchan family's favourite designer duo - Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla. Ameesha Patel, known more for making fashion faux pas than acing style charts, will hopefully take the opportunity for some fashion redemption. The 37-year-old plans to sport a drape by designer Manish Malhotra.
With celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema being a strong flavour at the festival, the ladies are sure to shine, say style experts. "It's topical, so the desi look will work. Also, Indian attire looks great on Indian women and compliments their body well. I just hope the outfits they choose show more of modern Indian fashion - they should be classy, not costume-y," says designer Anand Kabra.
Designer Anuradha Ramam, known for contemporary ethnic wear, also believes that the platform is perfect to show off Indian glamour. "It's a fabulous opportunity to showcase the country's rich heritage and style. It's a good way to remind global audiences about what we have to offer."
The surprise package is Freida Pinto, who is always seen in western outfits. She will reportedly go Indian for at least one occasion at the festival .