It's back! Get ready to see several pictures of Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan posing in their haute couture on the red carpet of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2019, giving quotable quotes on their fashion sense and pouting for the lens men gathered on the iconic steps of Cannes. What makes the Cannes Film Festival mesmerising and magical, and why are we so obsessed with it ?
I remember a few years ago an actress who is a regular at Cannes having a conversation about how a senior actress who at that time endorsed the same brand as her was secretly keeping a tab on what this fashionista was planning to wear. Of course the conversation was off record, but it gave me an insight into how fiercely this space is fought for and how much time these women spend on ensuring they get to wear the best of the brands.
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So who decides what a Sonam Kapoor and or an Aishwarya Rai Bachchan would wear at the red carpet ? You would be mistaken if you think the choice is entirely theirs. In fact they have very little say in which designer or fashion house would dress them up for Cannes. Think of it as a bidding. If you are an Aishwarya Rai then obviously the top designers and houses would want to make a dash to dress you up! Not so much for some of the B-listers who have walked the same carpet int he past. Every year is a different story, a variety of hem lines offering a range of cuts and lengths are showcased for the A list Bollywood royalty to chose from.
But is Cannes restricted to B-town royalty? No! I had a friend who made an Indie film that was showcased at the film festival two years back tell me how anyone can attend the festival, all you need is an invitation or a ticket to the gala. Of course it isn't just the price of a ticket that you pay, but stay and basic luxuries in this French movie capital are sky high. So unless you have a sugar daddy or mommy, depending on your choices, there is a big risk that you will have to bid good bye to a large chunk of your savings if you wish to take a selfie at Cannes.
All eyes are on Sonam and Ash as they fly off to dazzle us yet again in their glamazon avatars. My bet is that this year might spark off an unexpected controversy. Let's keep that under wraps for now. Keep checking this space for more updates on the Cannes Film Festival.
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