Forget Aishwarya Rais gown at Cannes this 1976 picture of Shabana Azmi will floor youTwitter/ Azmi Shabana
Flix Films Monday, May 22, 2017 - 17:13

We were floored by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s red Ralph & Russo gown, mesmerised by Deepika Padukone in her plum Marchessa dress, and captivated by Sonam Kapoor in her blush-coloured Elie Saab ensemble. Over the past week, we’ve had pictures of these Bollywood divas on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival thrown at us and we’ve loved every single one.

Cannes may be oceans away, but when it comes to our leading ladies and their choice of clothing at the prestigious film festival, we’ve always had an opinion. 

Remember the outrage over Aishwarya Rai’s outfits in 2003? She may be the world’s most beautiful woman, but the Indian fashion police were scathing in their criticism over her choice of dresses. And while we’ve been lapping up picture after picture over the years of Bollywood’s leading ladies in the French Riviera, actor Shabana Azmi recently reminded us that there was a time when the Cannes was less about fashion and more about the films.

Taking to Twitter, Shabana posted a picture from the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, featuring director Shyam Benegal, actor Smita Patil and her ahead of the screening of the Hindi film Nishant.  

While Shyam is wearing a full-sleeved t-shirt and a waist coat, Shabana and Smita are the epitome of simplicity in their humble sarees. There was no posing for the shutterbugs, as the three appear candid in this black-and-white photograph.

Incidentally, their film Nishant was nominated for the Palme d’Or, the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival. But there were no mega publicity drives back then. In another tweet, Shabana recalls that with no money, the director made Smita and her walk down the promenade in their saris. Those “who turned in curiosity” were asked to watch the Hindi film. 

The veteran actor’s tweets received much praise, with Sonam Kapoor retweeting the pictures. 

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