Nandita Das clarifies her statement about Cannes being a festival of 'films' and not 'clothes'

The filmmaker and actor shared a long post about Cannes Film Festival and said how her spontaneous thoughts were misconstrued as a dig

FP Staff May 25, 2023 17:12:37 IST
Nandita Das clarifies her statement about Cannes being a festival of 'films' and not 'clothes'

Nandita Das

Nandita Das is a filmmaker and actor who always believes in calling spade a spade. Recently, sharing throwback images from the Cannes Film Festival, raging from 2005 to 2018, she said how the festival is about films and not just clothes. She wrote- “Sadly missing Cannes this year. Sometimes people seem to forget that it is a festival of films and not of clothes! Considering I can’t show you the amazing films I watched or the conversations I have had or take you back in time when Manto premiered there. Here are a few images through the years in Cannes. And only the ones in Saris as there is a fair amount of chatter about the ‘celebrities who wore saris in Cannes’.”

She added- “Well it is surely my go-to garment. Simple, elegant and Indian. Least fussy – easy to get in and get out of it! Each of the images have an interesting story behind it but too long to share. So feel free to make up your own story from the photos you see. And guess the year they are from – 2005, 20013, 2016-2018!”

 

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The filmmaker and actor shared another long post about Cannes and said how her spontaneous thoughts were misconstrued as a dig; again not forgetting to add some of her pictures from Cannes. She wrote- “It seems like my post about Cannes has sparked an unintended debate! It’s amusing how a spontaneous sharing of thoughts and throwback images was perceived to be ‘a dig’! Pointing fingers is a pointless exercise. Things are often more nuanced than we think they are. At such events, men have far less pressure about how they look. They can repeat their tuxedos, and no one will know or care. Whereas women have a much greater burden of looking beautiful, sexy, regal, stylish, stunning, unique etc. etc. Blaming them is overlooking the role each of us plays in perpetuating this disproportionate pressure. The celebrities, the festival, the media and us viewers and readers…we are all complicit.”

 

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She added, “Please read my posts for what they are and not what you think is between the lines! I dislike sitting on judgement just as much as I don’t like to be judged for my choices. Nuances are often lost in short-form communications. For instance, I should not have written that the festival is about films because it is also about conversations and collaborations between filmmakers, storytellers, producers, technicians and film lovers. That was between the lines!”

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