Updated June 3rd, 2024 at 23:36 IST

Here's How Prateik Babbar Honoured His Late Mother Smita Patil At Manthan Screening At Cannes 2024

Prateik's striking black suit at Cannes 2024, designed by Rahul Vijay, was crafted from his mother Smita Patel's cherished Kanjeevaram sarees.

Prateik Babbar at 77th Cannes Festival | Image:Prats/Instagram
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Actor Prateik Babbar made a heartfelt appearance at the 77th Cannes Film Festival for the screening of his mother Smita Patel's iconic film, 'Manthan.' The restored 1976 classic, directed by Shyam Benegal, was showcased in the festival's Classic section.

Prateik turned heads not only for his dapper appearance but also for the meaningful backstory of his attire. His striking black suit, designed by Rahul Vijay, was crafted from Smita Patel's cherished Kanjeevaram sarees. Rahul Vijay shared the outfit's details on Instagram, revealing the sentimental and sustainable approach behind its creation.

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To style Prateik, Rahul sourced two exquisite Kanjeevaram sarees from Smita Patel’s collection—a maroon one and a black one. Collaborating with Monica Shah of Jade by MK, they aimed to merge traditional Indian textiles with modern design. Rahul explained, “I always appreciate the contrast of Indian textiles on contemporary silhouettes.”

Image credit: Prats/Instagram

After careful consideration, the team decided on a cropped double-breasted tuxedo in plain black silk. They ingeniously repurposed the second pinstriped saree into wide-legged pants and used the red border of the saree as sleeve trims. The ensemble was completed with black Christian Louboutin shoes and Prateik’s hair tied back, exuding elegance and sophistication.

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Prateik also carried a special scarf from his mother’s collection, adding a personal tribute to the ensemble. The Mumbai-based label Jade by MK expressed the significance of this gesture, stating, "Seeing Prateik wear these cherished pieces for the Cannes screening of his late mother’s film ‘Manthan’ is a poignant reminder of the profound impact of our work."

The label emphasized that transforming heirlooms into modern fashion is more than just a style statement. “It’s an art form that celebrates legacy, sustainability, and emotional connection,” they noted. This creative process demands a deep respect for the past, a visionary outlook for the future, and the technical skill to blend both seamlessly.

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By revamping heirlooms into contemporary attire, we honor our heritage and ensure that the stories embedded in the fabric are preserved and cherished for future generations, Jade by MK highlighted.

Prateik Babbar’s appearance at Cannes thus became a touching homage to his mother, blending tradition and modernity in a beautifully crafted tribute.

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Published June 3rd, 2024 at 23:36 IST