Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan chose an elegant look with a red designer Banarasi silk sari for her special lunch with French President François Hollande in the national capital on Tuesday.
Aishwarya, who has been in the midst of shooting her new film Sarbjit , has taken out time from her busy schedule to attend the lunch, said to have been organised in Hollande’s honour by French Ambassador Francois Richier.
Richier had invited the 42-year-old actress for the lunch, which Hollande will attend following his appearance at the country’s colourful Republic Day parade on Rajpath as the chief guest.
“Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wishes all her well wishers a very happy Republic Day,” read the caption to the image shared by her publicist. The actor donned a bunched up hairdo and some polki jewellery for the occasion. A simple bindi and red lipstick completed her look.
The sari that Aishwarya has worn is from designer duo Swati and Sunaina, and made in Banaras -- age-old weavers from where are poised for a facelift courtesy Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Woven with fine mulberry silk and zari made from pure silver threads dipped in gold, the sari is called ‘mehraab’ after the shape of the ‘buta’ that is woven across the six-yard wonder.
“What’s special is that only natural fibres and eco-friendly dyeing has been used in the making of this sari, and it is woven using the ‘kadhuwa’ technique, a source close to the designers, said.
“It’s only perfectly suited that Aishwarya chose a creation that’s deeply rooted in Indian technique and craft to meet the president of France, a country that she’s had a great connect with for long,” the source added.
Apart from being a regular at the Cannes International Film Festival, where the first look of Jazbaa -- her comeback film post pregnancy -- was launched last year, Aishwarya has been a recipient of the prestigious Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, a civilian award by the French government.
Aishwarya, who has featured in films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Dhoom 2, Guru and Devdas is also an ambassador of French cosmetics and beauty company L’Oréal Paris, for which she recently starred in an ad with Eva Longoria. She also shot for her international film Pink Panther 2 in Paris.
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