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Chhaya Kadam, aka Manju Maai, Wears Late Mother’s Saree For Cannes Debut

Chhaya Kadam donned her late mother's saree and her traditional Maharashtrian nath, with flowers in her hair. She shared what inspired her outfit, writing an emotional note on Instagram.

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Chhaya Kadam at Cannes

Chhaya Kadam at Cannes. Image Credit: Instagram

Chhaya Kadam is one of those unexpected talents who has captured our hearts. This year, she has appeared in two of the most critically acclaimed films—Laapataa Ladies and Madgaon Express. Her 2024 has become even more memorable with her debut at the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

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Chhaya Kadam, aka Manju Maai, Wears Late Mother’s Saree at Cannes

Kadam was recently at the event for the premiere of her movie All We Imagine As Light. This film is creating history as it breaks India's 30-year drought at the Palme d'Or competition. Directed by Payal Kapadia, All We Imagine as Light is the first Indian film since 1994's Swaham to be in the running for this top honour. 

Chhaya’s presence at Cannes is not just a personal milestone but also a significant moment for Indian cinema. Her performance in the film is drawing attention and acclaim, highlighting her talent on an international stage. This moment is a testament to her hard work and dedication, marking an important chapter in her career and bringing Indian stories to a global audience.

Kadam donned her late mother's saree and a traditional Maharashtrian nath, with flowers in her hair. She shared what inspired her outfit, writing an emotional note on Instagram: "Mom, my dream of taking you on a plane remains unfulfilled. But today, I brought your saree and nose ring with me on a flight to the Cannes Film Festival, and that brings me some peace. Still, Mom, I wish you were here today to see all this.  Love you, Mom, and miss you a lot."

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Chhaya Kadam's Journey In Cinema

Chhaya Kadam started her career on stage, debuting with Waman Kendre's Zulva. She transitioned to film in 2009, with her first unreleased movie Baimanus. Her early films include Mi Sindhutai Sapkal, Baboo Band Baaja, and Kuni Ghar Deta Ka Ghar. She made her Hindi film debut in Singham Returns.

Kadam's breakthrough came with Fandry in 2013, earning critical acclaim. She gained further recognition in Sairat (2016), where she learned Telugu for her role. Other notable films include Highway, Gour Hari Dastaan, and Nude, which faced controversy but received critical praise.

In 2018, she starred in Redu, Andhadhun, and Zelya. Her 2019 film Aatpadi Nights earned her a Filmfare nomination. She debuted on TV in Mere Sai and appeared in the web series Hutatma.

Her recent notable films include Gangubai Kathiawadi, Jhund, and Kaun Pravin Tambe? Her upcoming projects include Ghe Double, Alchemist, Pedigree, and Privacy.

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