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Sonam Kapoor to make her debut at the Cannes red carpet. Will join Ash and Freida.

bollywood Updated: Apr 24, 2011 01:32 IST

The French Riveria is all set for some Bollywood action. At the 64th Cannes International Film Festival that starts on May 11, actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 37, Freida Pinto, 26, Mallika Sherawat, 32, and Sonam Kapoor, 25, will walk the red carpet.

While Aishwarya will be making her tenth appearance at the festival, Sonam will be making her debut. “This is my first time at Cannes and I’m sure it’ll be even more magical than what people say about it. I can’t wait to be on that red carpet!,” gushed Sonam, who like Aishwarya and Freida, will be representing beauty label L’Oreal.

It may be recalled that Sonam was dropped from the Cannes red carpet guest list in 2009, and it was reportedly at Aishwarya’s behest. Interestingly, the two actors will not come face-to-face during the festival. While Sonam will walk the red carpet on May 15, Aishwarya will be there for the opening and the gala party on May 11 and 12.

When asked if she’s excited about sharing the limelight with Aishwarya and Freida at Cannes, Sonam says, “All of the women are exceptionally beautiful and I’m quite glad to be a part of this group. But, I’m most looking forward to meeting Diane Kruger (Hollywood actor).”

Aishwarya, in turn, says she’s happy for both Freida and Sonam. “Several countries have always had more than one spokeswoman at Cannes and I’m glad India is finally getting the same recognition,” she says, adding, “I am happy that they are both invited.” Freida, too, is super excited. “It’s every actor’s dream to attend this festival,” she says.

Ash completes a decade
This will be Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s 10th consecutive year at the festival. “I didn’t realise I was so close to completing a decade till someone pointed out to me last year that I’d been coming to the fest for nine years. Abhishek wondered if any other celebrity had enjoyed such a long, straight run at Cannes,” she smiles. Her first appearance was in 2002 with her Devdas director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and co-star Shah Rukh Khan.

Tribute to Indian cinema
Cannes will celebrate Bollywood by screening an 81-minute documentary titled Bollywood — The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, at the festival. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and American filmmaker Jeff Zimbalist, and produced by Shekhar Kapur and UTV Motion Pictures, the film commemorates Indian cinema over the past 100 years. The festival, otherwise, has no Indian movie in competition this year. But, films such as 7 Khoon Maaf and Guzaarish will be taken by distributors for private screenings on the sidelines of the festival.

Mallika on a hattrick
Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat will make her third appearance at the Cannes Film Festival this year. “It is, of course, very exciting for me. Who wouldn’t love to walk the red carpet at Cannes? After all, it’s one of the most respected film festivals in the world,” says Mallika. The actor may be joined by the cast of her new Hollywood film, Love, Barack.