Indian actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Vidya Balan Image Credit: AFP

Designer Sabyassachi Mukherjee, the man behind styling Vidya Balan’s look at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival, says, as “India is known as a bling country” he used a “little embellishment” to bring freshness.

Vidya made three appearances in traditional Indian costumes — maroon lehenga, an ivory sari paired with a brown blouse and light pink anarkali — on three different occasions at the festival inaugural day on Wednesday.

Mukherjee says she was dressed in “a purist ethnic look, almost like a Golconda princess”.

Drawing inspiration from William Dalrymple’s book The White Mughal and the bygone days of princesses, the outfits were made with Indian textiles such as khadi, kanjeevaram, handspun cottons and Benarsi textiles.

The designs were accessorised with traditional jewellery, strings of pearls, sapphires and beautifully set polkis by Amrapali and Pankaj Surana.

“India has always been a country of excess, rather than minimalism. We brought back what India truly stands for. Cannes saw a representation of Indian textiles and handicrafts,” said the designer.

Balan will set out for a holiday with husband Siddharth Roy Kapur in France after the movie extravaganza.

“Vidya is in Cannes at present and Siddharth is expected to join her towards the end of the Cannes International Film festival. Both of them are expected to be in France post the fest, for a small holiday,” said a source close to the actress.