Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s tryst with the Cannes Film Festival began with “Devdas” and she will be completing 15 years of going to the prestigious film fest this year. The actress says she still cherishes her first outing at the gala, adding that no one “in the world can take away that” from her. Ask her how has the perspective about Indian cinema changed at the foreign films festival with time and she said: “I don’t know how much I can underline that or validate that but I would definitely say that my first experience was truly memorable and exceedingly special”. Here’s how the beauty queen stunned the audience every year at Cannes:
2002 – This was the first time that Aishwarya attended Cannes Film Festival and it was for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’. She wore a golden Neeta Lulla sari with heavy gold jewellery.
2003 – This year Ash was a complete disaster at the prestigious film fest, where she became the first Indian actor to be a jury member. The beauty queen wore a neon green Neeta Lulla sari with her hair tied in a bun and was slammed by the fashion police.
2004 – Aishwarya repeated the Neeta Lulla mistake once again and wore a revealing white gown with Chopard jewellery at the Cannes red carpet. This has been her most criticised outfit till date.
2005 – Finally, the blue-eyed beauty got it right and flaunted her fabulous fashion statement. While one day she wore a flirty, printed dress by Giorgio Armani, the next day she was spotted in a black Gucci gown which had a plunging neckline.
2006 - Aishwarya Rai wore a navy blue strapless gown with a snake like neck-piece at the Cannes red carpet.
2007 – Aish married Abhishek Bachchan in April this year and they made their debut as a couple as they walked hand-in-hand at the Cannes red carpet. She was shining in her diamonds and white strapless gown.
2008 –Aishwarya wore a golden gown on one day and looked sensuous in her black gown the next day. The beauty queen was also spotted in bold fuschia gown for which she received rave reviews.
2009 – This year has been the best year for the beauty queen at Cannes. Aishwarya looked stunning in her floor-sweeping Roberto Cavalli strapless white gown on first day. Later, she wore a grey Elie Saab one-shoulder gown and slicked-back hair.
2010 – This year Ash flaunted violet off-shoulder gown by Elie Saab on day one and a shimmery black strapless gown by Armani Prive on day two. She was also spotted in a sequined Sabyasachi sari as she posed with hubby Abhishsek Bachchan
2011 – Aishwarya Rai was a stunner in another Elie Saab one shoulder embroidered gown. She spotted a geometric Armani Prive dress with smokey eyes on the second day.
2012 – New mom Aishwarya was highly criticised for her weight gain post pregnancy. She wore a grey Elie Saab gown which clung to her plus size curves. The beauty queen was also spotted in a cream chikankari Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla sari for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala with an embroidered jacket, which was a complete fashion disaster.
2013 – The diva came back with a bang. Aishwarya wore a sleek teal one-shoulder Gucci gown on day one and the next day, her favourite designer Elie Saab.
2014 – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan chose to wear Roberto Cavalli at the Cannes red carpet this year. Her first look was in a glamorous strapless gold gown and the second in a dazzling embellished white one.
2015 – Last year, she won hearts in a beautiful pleated origami-inspired black and white Ralph and Russo gown.