Vidya Balan's style statement at Cannes 2013
It is that time of the year again when everyone is talking about Cannes. And not only in connection to movies. There is a lot more to it than just that. What the celebrities wear while they are in Cannes has always been a matter of great discussion and criticism. Vidya Balan, the latest member of Bollywood to have joined the Cannes bandwagon, is at the receiving end of such remarks for her sartorial choices. One of India’s most celebrated actresses, this National-Award winner represented the country on its centenary; the icing on the cake being that she is part of the prestigious 9-member jury at the 16th Cannes Film Festival. Vidya has always remained in talks for her sense of fashion, which is, so to say quite the “odd one out” in the industry. Here too she has chosen to create her own style statement by choosing to defy the norms and redefine rules. However, this time, it did not quite strike the right chord. Dressed exclusively in Sabyasachi, Vidya turned out to be something of a disappointment with her Cannes wardrobe. Coming for the jury meet, and the photo-call, she wore a maroon and black lehenga and a white and gold sari with a black embellished blouse respectively. After this good start, Vidya’s style testimony was soon to suffer as she continued to go wrong with her look over and over again. At the inaugural ceremony, she went into the Mughal princess mode with the resplendent white and black lehenga which she marred by draping the dupatta over her head. Too melodramatic and affected, we say! Next, she was spotted in a white and gold sari with nose ring and blue beads that was outright loud and overdone! On another day, she sported a red print sari with red full-sleeved blouse, accessorised with white beads and a white handbag. Such a stark contrast was clearly a wrong decision and hurtful to the eyes! This also was a quite a thumbs-down for its overtly “straight-out-of-a-big-fat-Indian-wedding” feel. There was not much variation in Vidya’s look, and whatever little experiments were attempted on her, did not quite yield the desired outcome. However, her appearance at the evening gala of the movie ‘Bombay Talkies’ which celebrated 100 years of Indian Cinema was a welcome respite. Draped in a dark olive sari with loosely-tied hair, embroidered ‘potli’ and large antique earrings, she was quite a pretty picture. Her experimental streaks with the sari wasn’t well-received, largely speaking, though most India designers as well as certain eminent personalities such as Shobhaa De have been heard praising her for her strong sense of individuality. She chose to stand apart from the rest of the actress’ brigade, who are usually seen in gowns, dresses and other such westernized outfits. Designers are of the opinion that Vidya represented the Indian ethnicity and culture with her Cannes appearances, without opting for mainstream glamour. Aishwarya Rai caught attention by breaking away from her routine black and pastel ensembles, and added come colours in her Cannes wardrobe. Her teal Gucci gown was quite a stunner though the Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla 'Anarkali' outfit was a big letdown. Sonam Kapoor, as always, saved the day when it comes to her fashion sense. Be it her white sari and the eye-catching nose-ring, or the voluminous Dolce and Gabbana gown, or even the full-skirted dress by Ellie Saab, she was a treat for sore eyes! Just when we thought she was doing it right, she turned up in a Shehla Khan lehenga coupled with diamonds by Chopard was a disappointment. The Indian film industry does us proud nevertheless what with it getting the right kind of representation, attention and respect in a globally recognized platform. It is indeed a moment of tremendous honour for us that Vidya is one of the jury members in such a celebrated international platform of movies, along with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Naomi Kawase, Ang Lee etc. no matter how terrible her sartorial sense might be at times!