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Sabya’s date with Rani on Cannes red carpet - Designer describes debut with muse at glam festival as a classic case of ‘beauty and the beast’

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May 2010: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan makes waves in a Sabyasachi sari on the Cannes red carpet.

May 2011: Sabyasachi makes waves on the Cannes red carpet with Rani Mukherjee in a Sabyasachi, of course, by his side.

The Calcutta connection at the famed Festival de Cannes just got stronger — and more fashionable. On May 18, the city’s most celebrated designer will take France’s most celebrated red carpet along with his BFF (best friend forever). Yes, that’s Rani Mukerji, who wore the Sabya look in Black, No One Killed Jessica, Baabul and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, and with whom she shares more than just a Bong connection.

Mr M & Ms M have been picked by Chivas as their designer-muse duo to walk the red carpet. Last year, Rohit Bal and Deepika Padukone were the chosen ones. While Rani is presumably quite poised, preened and pouted about her Cannes debut, Sabyasachi can’t stop seeing the funny side of things. “It’s hilarious. Such a classic case of beauty and the beast!”

Having said that, Sabya is “extremely proud” to be a part of Team India at Cannes. “I think it is fantastic for us to be invited. The number of Indians going to Cannes is increasing and that just makes you realise the growing importance of the Hindi film industry,” he tells Metro.

It’s pointless to ask ‘who’ the two will be wearing on the red carpet, but the ‘what’ remains to be seen. The designer has decided to don a black kurta with a sherwani over white churidars and black Oxfords. “It definitely had to be something Indian, something simple, something khadi and in conservative colours like black and white.” While describing his outfit to Metro, he improvised an addition and asked his factory to make him a “nice” embroidered shawl that he “might or might not” carry.

For his muse-in-arms Rani, it will be a Sabya sari and her look will simple, classic and oh-so-retro. Though the details are under wraps, we do know that four net saris are being made at the designer’s Topsia workshop. A look test will be done later in Mumbai. “Since net is thin and flimsy, it won’t overwhelm Rani’s petite frame. The look will be an eclectic balance of conservatism and sexiness. She is a very beautiful woman and anything overdone doesn’t work for her. But I would really love to add a little bit of Frida Kahlo [the Mexican artist being his “perfect muse”] to the look. Maybe the hair…”

Though Sabya appears shy and almost reluctant during the customary bow at the end of each catwalk showing, the red carpet is not making any butterflies flutter in his stomach. Yet. “I am only interested in who all I might be able to spot!” The special someone the weaver of dreams is hoping to bump into? Madonna. “Oh, that would be such a dream!”




The latest Indian celebrity to join this year’s Cannes march is an unlikely candidate — Rani Mukerji. The actress — alongside friends Karan Johar and Sabyasachi Mukherjee who is also styling the actress — will be walking the red carpet for Chivas on May 18. “Rani is delighted to walk the red carpet at Cannes for Chivas and is being styled by Sabyasachi,” said Rani’s spokesperson.

Until 2006, Rani shared a warm association with Bollywood’s popular stylist Manish Malhotra. It was when her contemporaries, like Kajol, Preity Zinta and Kareena Kapoor, also started wearing Manish, she decided to break the monotony. Ever since, the actress has been wearing a lot of Sabyasachi garments both in films and otherwise.

The designer has had Rani walk the ramp as a showstopper on several occasions. Rani hasn’t yet seen the outfit the designer has picked out for her but she is likely to dress Indian.

Saif Ali Khan, brand ambassador of Chivas, is also walking the red carpet on the opening night, May 11, in a Tom Ford jacket. Other Indian celebrities on the red carpet this year include Ronnie Screwvala, Sonam Kapoor, Minnisha Lamba, Mallika Sherawat and Freida Pinto, apart from the Cannes-regular Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, who will announce her film Heroine with director Madhur Bhandarkar.



Rani cancels her Cannes visit

The actress won't be going to Cannes with Sabya anymore.

One of the finest actresses of Bollywood, all eyes were on Rani Mukherjee's first Cannes appearance which was scheduled for May 18th.

Rani was all set to attend the festival along with good friend and ace designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. With the rest opting for western wear, all were hoping to see the queen of Bollywood dazzle in a sari.

Rani too was all set to give her fans what they want. She had zeroed in on wearing a Sabya sari for the mega event. Everything was set.

The actress however informed Chivas today that she won't be attending the festival. She has cancelled her visit owing to her dad's health issues.

Our source close to Rani confirmed, "Rani won't be going to Cannes anymore. Her dad is unwell and she doesn't want to leave him at this point."


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