"I have always been very proud of my Indianness."
Sara Ali Khan pulled off Desi and Western looks as she rocked two outfits at the Cannes Film Festival.
Despite the 2023 event being her debut, the actress confidently posed on the red carpet as she highlighted her Indian roots in an ivory lehenga.
The hand-woven piece was created by design duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla.
Sara encapsulated the bridal look as the lehenga shimmered in the light and put the intricate details on full display.
Speaking about the outfit, the designers said:
“Sara Ali Khan made her Cannes debut in an exquisite hand-embroidered multi-panel skirt.
“The intricate shadow work embroidery, adorning each unique panel, showcases a mesmerising calendar of designs from our archives of couture down the years.”
The designers went on to explain the craftsmanship that was involved in the outfit, adding:
“Sara’s ensemble is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, with a resplendent blouse with intricate work in crystals, pearls, and resham work.
“Adding to the allure, the ensemble features two drapes in tulle – an enchanting one-shoulder drape and a long head veil.
“Both drapes boast the finest shadow work, with the head veil embellished with tiny shadow dots and intricate borders.”
On the red carpet, Sara spoke about her traditional look. She said:
“I have always been very proud of my Indianness. Therefore it embodies who I am.”
Fans loved Sara’s look and were extremely proud of her for representing India.
One user said: “The fact that you wore Indian outfits to an international event means a lot to me as a proud Indian woman who thinks there is nothing more beautiful than Indian outfits.”
“The true representation of India. A royal representation.”
A mesmerised fan said: “You are actually looking like a gorgeous angel.”
For the night, Sara Ali Khan switched to a strapless black gown with gold heart-shaped details that formed to create a large heart.
The floor-length dress accentuated her figure as she completed her look with minimal makeup and sleek hair.
Sara’s outfit change was for the premiere of Johnny Depp’s Jeanne Du Barry.
A fan commented: “Pataudi princess can do both. Indian or Western, both the outfits are carried gracefully. Making us proud…”
Meanwhile, Sara is not the only Indian star who made their Cannes debut.
Both Esha Gupta and Manushi Chhillar also made an impression on the red carpet.
Anushka Sharma, Aditi Rao Hydari and Mrunal Thakur are also expected to make their Cannes debuts in 2023 as well as Sunny Leone who stars in Anurag Kashyap’s Kennedy, one of the four Indian films screening at Cannes.
On the work front, Sara has a number of films in the pipeline.
This includes Zara Bachke with Vicky Kaushal, Ae Watan Mere Watan and Anurag Basu’s Metro In Dino.