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I’ve never made it fulcrum of my existence: Ash on fashion criticism

Monday, May 22, 2017

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a Cannes red carpet regular and while she has mostly received praise for her fashion choices, there have been times when the actress has faced flak for her looks, but the criticism does not bother her.

Last year, Aishwarya's purple lipstick look at the Cannes red carpet made headlines and she received mixed reactions for it.

"I've never made it the fulcrum of my existence. I am a public personality and I know with social media, everybody has an opinion. I am realistic, I recognise them, I am on the public platform so there will be opinions galore.”

"But there is so much love out there, I've been blessed that way that even if there are some fangs, there is far more love, hugs, kisses, excitement and admiration. I am so humbled by it," said Aishwarya in a FaceTime interview from Cannes.

This year marks her 15th appearance at the French Riviera and from her sheer green tiered ensemble by Yanina Couture to blue Cinderella-esuqe ball gown and the red Ralph & Russo number Aishwarya has impressed everyone.

The actress said she always believes in experimenting, be it her fashion choices or films. "I've always joked that I go with the flow and you all can enjoy the show. I know they (her stylists) will never do something which will make me physically uncomfortable. If I am, I won't go like that in front of the world.”

"I've always been open creatively and have reflected that even in my choice of cinema. Once you see and recognise that about me, you know my do’s and don't's and know my openness to creative flair," she said.

The 43-year-old actress presented her 2002 film ‘Devdas’ on the big screen for selected audience as part of the festival and said she was thrilled to showcase the movie again as it brought her to Cannes Film Festival for the first time.

"I was very touched when I got to know about this... It's personally always a pleasure for me to have 'Devdas' viewed because I enjoy watching it till date. It's fun to recount that first experience and it’s nice to share it with the audience again," she said.

Red carpet is about having fun: Deepika
Deepika Padukone made all the right noises with her debut appearance at the Cannes Film Festival and the actress says she believes in having fun on the red carpet.

Deepika's maiden outing at the movie carnival has landed her on the best-dressed list of international magazines like Vanity Fair, Vogue and People, which have hailed her two red carpet looks - a plum Marchesa gown and a bottle green high- slit, one shoulder maxi dress.

The 31-year-old actress, who is the L'Oreal Paris India brand ambassador, says it is important to follow one's instinct and mood while choosing an outfit.

"I won't say I am a pro at walking down the red carpet. I think fashion has to be fun. It's a team work, you have a stylist, then someone is designing your hair, doing your makeup," said Deepika.

"One can plan things in advance but when the day comes, you might feel like wearing something else. It is about following your instinct, your energy and mood and having fun," she added.

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