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Updated: May 14, 2010 19:44 IST

Deepika walks Cannes red carpet in saree

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Indian actor Deepika Padukone arrives for the screening of
AP Indian actor Deepika Padukone arrives for the screening of "Tournee," at the 63rd international film festival, in Cannes, France on Thursday.

Cannes has been getting ample doses of Bollywood glamour courtesy Aishwarya Rai and Mallika Sherawat, but it was Deepika Padukone who flew the flag for India high on the French Riviera, looking glamorous in a saree.

While both Aishwarya and Mallika opted for Western couture, the 24-year—old took the six yard route to style as she stepped out on the red carpet in a Rohit Bal saree.

She teamed the cream and gold confection with Kundan jewellery, a stone studded clutch and added a quirky touch with a chunky watch.

The former model’s traditional attire was complimented by a sparkly bindi and a neat bun, which left the ‘RK’ tattoo on her neck visible.

Deepika, who is at the prestigious film festival as the brand ambassador of Chivas Regal, attended Mathieu Amalric’s French movie, ‘Tournee’ along with Bal.

“When one is representing India in a very visible platform like the Cannes, gowns and elaborate western dresses do not really represent India. One should not only feel Indian, but also look Indian,” the designer said.

Actor Nandita Das who was a part of the Cannes jury in 2003 had won praise for wearing Indian ensembles at the festival including a silk saree, which she said had been a part of her wardrobe for years.

The saree has moved on from being a daily Indian staple to an international style statement.

Sugababes, the popular girl band sported sarees and bindis in their latest avatar as Indian brides.

The musical trio of Amelle Barabah, Heidi Range and Jade Ewen got an Indian make-over for the cover of Asian Woman magazine, reported Sun online.

Earlier the American group Pussycat Dolls had walked the red carpet wearing sarees to announce their single ‘Jai Ho.’

Liz Hurley, Victoria Beckham and Ashley Judd are some other Hollywood beauties who have worn the Indian ensemble.

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