They found time to pose with Hollywood actresses like Eva Longoria and Salman Hayek, but couldn’t squeeze in a few minutes to meet their Indian counterparts. According to an online report, Indian actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Deepika Padukone categorically refused to make any public appearances with actress Mallika Sherawat and couldn’t find the time to meet each other either.
However, a source close to the Ash rubbishes the allegation saying, “They’re taken as brand ambassadors, and are supposed to walk with a particular person — in Ash’s case, it was Eva. Plus, her schedule has been packed.”
Fans, however, aren’t buying it. “I doubt if finding 10 minutes for a photo shoot at the India pavilion would’ve been impossible for any of the three actresses,” says Varun Gupta, on Twitter. “It sends out a pathetic message. Other actors are coming in groups while our actresses prefer going solo. Unbelievable!” posts Nidhishah, on a fashion website. “At least Mallika acknowledged their presence on Twitter, they should’ve reciprocated,” says Malz5.