For the first time this year, the Bollywood star, who has attended the festival for years, joins the jury.
Deepika Padukone, a Bollywood actress, has joined the nine-member jury for the Cannes Film Festival, which runs till May 28.
Padukone posted a video of her arrival on May 16 in Mumbai, India, after an 11-hour journey from Los Angeles.
“I have really no idea what I’m gonna to eat or where to get some rest.” I’m stuck between trying to eat and to sleep.
Padukone was in San Diego the day before her arrival to attend the Louis Vuitton cruise show on May 11. She is the first Indian to be designated an ambassador by the French fashion business, joining Gemma Chan and Lea Seydoux as ambassadors.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, model Miranda Kerr, and actors Emma Roberts and Chloe Grace Moretz were among the guests at the star-studded event.
Padukone joined the rest of the Cannes jury on May 16, which will select winners from among the 21 films nominated this year, including one for the prized Palme d’Or.
Aside from Padukone, the jury includes British actress and director Rebecca Hall, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Italian actress and director Jasmine Trinca, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, French director Ladj Ly, American director Jeff Nichols, and Norwegian director Joachim Trier, who is chaired by veteran French actor Vincent Lindon.
Padukone, who was dressed in a multicolored Louis Vuitton gown with thigh-high boots, waved to cameras from the Hotel Martinez’s balcony and posed for photos with other jury members. Rapace opted out of the meal.
While this is Padukone’s first time on the jury, she has been an L’Oreal ambassador at the Cannes Film Festival for over ten years and has made headlines for her eye-catching outfits on the red carpet.
On May 17, the 75th Cannes Film Festival kicked off with Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as the first guest of honor, followed by Final Cut, a French zombie comedy. The festival will also feature seven films from the Mena region.
Final Cut, the opening feature, is a comedic love letter to filmmaking and Z-list zombie movies from the same team that brought you The Artist.
Padukone paid homage to her Indian ancestry at a photocall for jury members on May 17, wearing in an ensemble by Sabyasachi, who previously collaborated on Natasha Poonawalla’s Met Gala gown.
Padukone completed her ensemble with a dramatic necklace made up of multicolored gemstones and uncut diamonds, which she wore with a printed silk blouse and pleated wool trousers from the designer’s Tropic of Calcutta line.
On Instagram, the designer commented, “I love the dramatic moment when thinking back at the past uncovers the future.” “These situations always tell the best stories of India to me.”
Padukone wore a second Sabyasachi creation for the opening ceremony, a black and gold sequin-striped sari from the designer’s Aakash Tara collection.
The designer described the piece as “celebrating heritage Indian crafts and traditions via a modern vision” on Instagram.
“At the Sabyasachi workshop, some of India’s leading craftspeople block printed and hand stitched the stripes. The ensemble is completed with Sabyasachi Jewellery’s Bengal Royale Collection statement pieces. The chandelier earrings modernize a classic with an Art Deco stare, while the headband pays homage to the traditional Indian matha patti headdress with Art Nouveau details.”
Padukone was at Cannes on May 18 for the opening ceremony of the Indian pavilion at the Marche du Film, where India was declared Country of Honour.
She completed her ensemble with a Cartier neckpiece and a black suit by Swedish label Ardazaei, which featured an asymmetric fitting jacket with open pleats. The necklace is comprised of 18-karat white gold and 19.05 carats of emerald and brilliant-cut diamonds from Cartier’s Panthere de Cartier line.
Padukone’s style was detailed on Instagram by stylist Shaleena Nathani.
Padukone danced briefly with actors Tamannaah Bhatia, Pooja Hegde, and Urvashi Rautela on stage at the Indian pavilion.
“I believe we as a country have a long way to go, and I am extremely proud to be here as an Indian and to be representing the country.” But, as I previously stated, there have only been a few of Indian films and Indian talent that have been able to make it to Cannes, and I believe that we now have it together as a nation,” Padukone remarked.
Padukone wore a crimson custom Louis Vuitton gown to the premiere of period drama Armageddon Time on May 19, the festival’s third night. She wore a big Cartier necklace with the peplum-style dress with plunging neckline.
Armageddon Time, directed by James Gray (The Lost City of Z, Ad Astra), stars Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins, and Jeremy Strong and is set in 1980s New York, based on Gray’s childhood. The movie is one of 21 contenders for the Palme d’Or.
Padukone opted out of the red carpet on Friday, instead attending a dinner thrown by Louis Vuitton and Vanity Fair magazine. She was seen among a number of Hollywood celebs, including Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, as well as Chinese Olympian Eileen Gu, in a beige jacket dress with knee-high boots.
She told Variety that she was enjoying the time of her life as a jury member at the film festival.
“Every single person on that seat is there to respect film,” she stated, “and it gives me shivers every time I walk into the Palais and leave.”
“Everyone is there to support the film and the experience, whether you’re in it or not.” Everyone is on time and has turned off their phones since they are well-organized. Everyone is anticipating the closing credits. Everyone is clapping as the show comes to a close. And then everyone stands up.”