The 76th annual Cannes Film Festival is here and will go on till May 27. Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund will serve as jury president and like every season, Indian celebs are going to be in full attendance this year as well
It all started with the opening day on May 16 when Bollywood actors Sara Ali Khan, Esha Gupta, Manushi Chhillar and former cricketer Anil Kumble graced the red carpet. While Sara wore an Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla golden embroidered lehenga, Esha looked stunning in a Nicolas Jebran couture gown. Manushi, on the other hand, looked elegant in a white gown by Fovari.
This year, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting L Murugan is leading the Indian delegation to Cannes 2023. He also embraced his cultural roots by choosing traditional attire for his appearance on the red carpet. “The embroidery on the shirt has been done by my local tailor. It makes me immensely proud to wear the tricolour on my chest," Murugan previously told ANI.
“Since we are doing so many events and showcasing our heritage at the G20 year-long plan, it is only fit that we tell the world about it," he added.
Oscar winner Guneet Mongia and actors Manushi Chillar, Esha Gupta and Kangabam Tomba are part of the delegation.
Other Indian celebrities who are going to make strides this year include Anushka Sharma who is making her Cannes debut this year. She will be honouring women in cinema along with Hollywood star Kate Winslet. Meanwhile, the ever-stunning Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a Cannes regular, left for the film festival on Tuesday. Madhur Bhandarkar, Mrunal Thakur, Aditi Rao Hydari, Vijay Varma, Vignesh Shivan, Niharika NM, Ruhee Dosani, Ranveer Allahbadia and Dolly Singh are attending the event as well.
Apart from that, Anurag Kashyap’s Kennedy, Kanu Behl’s Agra, Yudhajit Basu’s Nehemich and Aribam Syam Sharma’s Ishanou are part of the Indian showcase at Cannes. While Agra will have its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight section, Kennedy, Nehemich and Ishanou will be showcased in the Midnight Screenings, La Cinef and Cannes Classics section, respectively.
Cannes regular Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with daughter Aaradhya and actor Mrunal Thakur were also spotted at the airport on Tuesday night leaving for the festival.