Venice Film Festival: Actors Joju George and Akhil Viswanath make their red carpet debut in traditional mundu

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Sep 03, 2019, 03:21 PM(IST)

The crew of 'Chola' on the red carpet at Venice Film Festival. A poster of the film. Photograph:( Twitter )

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While the Indian saree and lehenga have made its international red carpet debut long back, perhaps it's for the first time that the popular Mundu or Veshti has made it to an international film festival. The two actors were lauded on social media for choosing a traditional outfit for a formal event. 

Malayalam filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan is presently at Venice with actors Akhil Viswanath, Nimisha Sajayan, and Joju George for their film 'Chola' which is the only Indian film to have made to the competition section this year. 

The crew premiered the film at the film festival on Monday but what caught everyone's attention was the attire the men chose for the red carpet event. The cast and the director walked the red carpet at the premiere of 'The King'. 

Usually, a formal-black tie event, actors Akhil Viswanath and Joju George decided to give the event a desi twist. Both actors walked the red carpet in traditional Mundu-a first perhaps on any international red carpet. 

A traditional men's garment, Mundu or the Veshti(as it's called in Tamil Nadu) is traditionally white in colour and worn by men in southern India with a shirt. While George wore his white Mundu with a blue shirt and posed on the red carpet, Viswanath gave the traditional attire a modern spin and wore a black Mundu with a black shirt. 

Their co-star Nimisha wore a traditional gold saree for the red carpet while Sasidharan wore western-formal. 

The two actors later took to Instagram to share videos of their red carpet appearance. 

While the Indian saree and lehenga have made its international red carpet debut long back, perhaps it's for the first time that the popular Mundu or Veshti has made it to an international film festival. The two actors were lauded on social media for choosing a traditional outfit for a formal event. 

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'Chola'  is competing in the Orissonti category, which will be run concurrently with the main competition category. The category aims the introduce the world to new trends in cinema and filmmaking. Sanal will be attending the screening with his lead actors Joju and Nimisha. 

'Chola', was screened at the festival under its English title 'Shadow of Water'. 
 

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