The beautiful Indian actress who is among those who introduced Indians to Cannes made an appearance again this time at the festival that showcased India as a guest country to mark the centenary of its film industry.
Rai, who also represents the cosmetic juggernaut LO’real (alongside the current brand ambassador, the Indian sweetheart Sonam Kapoor) at the fest, made her debut at Cannes eleven years ago. That day she brought with her the now classic ‘Devdas’ and since then, year after year, has brought, to and with her, the world’s attention to Indian beauty, style and a flavorfully distinct genre of cinema we now have come to recognize as Bollywood.
Cannes marks a spotlight of the world media’s attention to the red carpet fashion that begins road to the Oscars via Toronto. Glamour, and not just films, has essentially been a part of the patting and panning, the hits and misses of celebrities as the Cannes experience, which had been a joyride for Rai. Last year was a struck-by-lightening moment for Aishwarya when she attended the festival with her post baby weight gain and the unflattering shades of white and gold which I still sometimes have my fashion nightmares about.
That spell, however, seems to have broken. Rai’s Cannes appearance of 2013 was graceful, elegant and poised. She knows how to come back. Vengeance however is as far from her, it seems, as is near to a Kardashian. With the many looks she had had to carry, there were hits that we love her for; and the misses, for which we love her even more. The humaneness that Aishwarya brings to the grueling and unforgiving media scan of the red carpet, telltale of a genuine Cinderella , who despite her beauty, might be flawed - which we have come to accept, and how!
Following are the looks that the starlet sported throughout the twelve day event, where she represented Bollywood, stood her ground, braised the limelight and answered her critics.
We seem to love her, if not every one of her looks, warts and all. Let us know if you think like us. We’d also welcome if you think despite us, so comment away.