Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a legit Cannes legend and nothing can dim her sheen, not even a dress that was meant to enhance it but didn't quite do that. The 45-year-old actress made her first red carpet appearance this year at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in a metallic mermaid silhouette gown by Jean Louis Sabaji - a molten gold creation with green undertones in a snakeskin effect fabric. The dress had a single sleeve and a pleated train. For Aishwarya, it was a look as unexpected as could be - it seems to be a year for sartorial surprises at Cannes, after Deepika Padukone's eye-popping green and turban outfit - and while she fared as well as anyone possibly could in so difficult a dress, as many eyebrows were raised as jaws were dropped.
Here's Aishwarya on the red carpet:
We will give Aishwarya, who like Deepika is often criticised for playing it too safe on the red carpet, 10 on 10 for experimenting - and we do hope she continues to do so. This is Aishwarya's 18th Cannes - she was first there in 2002 representing her film Devdas and has attended ever since as a L'Oreal ambassador. She's had plenty of red carpet practice, to say the least, and she hasn't always got it right. Sometimes she hits it out of the park, Other times, she's been trolled for overly purple lips and less than stellar saree. We'll reserve judgement on this year's fashion report card until we see Aishwarya's next few looks. This time, she's one of a veritable crowd of Indian stars at Cannes - we've already seen Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Priyanka Chopra, Diana Penty, Huma Qureshi and Hina Khan. Next up, Sonam Kapoor.