Aishwarya’s first Cannes with Baby B Aradhya

After being away from the spotlight for quite some time, Aishwarya Rai Bacchan made her first public appearance at the 65thCannes Film Festival on the 24thof May, 2012. There was much speculation regarding her weight gain post pregnancy and her ensemble this year at the Cannes. The fashion police were ready with their criticisms but their jaws dropped when they saw Aishwarya walk the Red Carpet, clad in a beautiful Abu Jain and Sandeep Khosla chikan-kari saree. Though a bit on the heavier side now, the former Miss World did not look apprehensive about her curves. Instead, her face beamed with confidence as she walked towards the entrance, waving at her fans and posing for the cameras; a true diva indeed.

She is the first Indian to have the attended the Cannes Film Festival as a jury member. Since her debut at the Cannes in 2002, Aishwarya’s looks have always been scrutinized by the fashionistas. The initial two years saw her donning the traditional Indian look. It did not go well with the fashion critics and they termed her look rather ‘gaudy’ for the event. She shed her desi avatar and sported petite gowns for the years to come. While some were praised by the media and her fans, others were subject to criticisms. Her Giorgio Armani dress in 2007 and Roberto Cavalli off shoulder number in 2009 fetched her rave reviews. Last year she was seen in an Elie Saab couture and was well received by the media and critics.

Her 11thvisit this time and her looks won the accolades of her fans, yet again. A heavy gold embroidered kurta teemed with an off white sari defined Aishwarya’s ethnic look at the Cannes. The kurta was full sleeved and collared but had a very feminine look. The sari, with its zardozi and chikan-kari works on the borders, contrasted subtly with the kurta. Her makeup was light with the main emphasis on her perfect almond shaped eyes. I would use the phrase ‘carefully careless’ to describe her hair style. It was a casual bun with a few locks left out carelessly to frame her face. A gold band pushed through her hair on one side, cleverly accented her attire.

Aishwarya turned mum in November last year and since then the media has been anxious to get a glimpse of her little angel. Although Baby B was kept well away from the shutterbugs, Aishwarya spoke to the media about her daughter saying that she was doing well. She admitted that her daughter had come with her to Cannes but would not be accompanying her to the event night. When asked about her life as a new mother, she said that the baby keeps her busy but she doesn’t complain as she is used to having a hectic life.

This year’s visit was not just about the film festival. She was there to attend the amfAR dinner and auction for the cause of AIDS. She would help raise money to help AIDS victims and fund AIDS prevention campaigns. She said that she was very happy that L’Oreal Paris was doing such a noble job and giving her this chance to lend a helping hand. She said being the face of L’Oreal; it made her even more proud. For those who don’t know, amfAR is the abbreviation of the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the amfAR dinner is organized by L’Oreal Paris. Attending the same event were some of the other Hollywood stars like Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil fame) and Diane Keaton.