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Mallika Sherawat attends AmfAR gala in a dreamy white gown. See pics

Mallika Sherawat was seen at the Cannes Film Festival for ninth year. The gala was also attended by stars including Jason Derulo, Michelle Rodriguez and Pierce Brosnan .

bollywood Updated: May 18, 2018 12:50 IST
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Mallika Sherawat attended the AmfAR gala that also saw the presence of Pierce Brosnan, Jason Derulo and Michelle Rodriguez.

Mallika Sherawat didn’t miss her date with Cannes Film Festival. A regular at the prestigious cinema event, she also attended the AmfAR gala on Thursday. Dressed in a white gown with bell sleeves and black and white detailing, she was joined by stars including Jason Derulo, Michelle Rodriguez and Pierce Brosnan at AIDS fundraising gala.

This year’s amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala was the first one held since Weinstein’s downfall late last year. Weinstein was fired from his company and faces criminal investigations in several cities after dozens of women accused him various degrees of sexual harassment and abuse. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, reported AP.

“This organisation is far bigger than any scandal so I don’t think anybody is worried about that tonight,” Derulo said. “Everyone is here to continue to have an impact on the world. We just want to get rid of this disease that we’ve been dealing with for so long.”

“It’s a brand new day now and this terrible disease in our society we have to find a cure for it,” Brosnan said. “So I think justice has been taken care of in regards to the scandal, past, done, dusted, move on.”

“It’s a distant memory in the past,” Michelle Rodriguez said of Weinstein. “I think it’s so distant that I barely remember it.”

She said anyone who stopped supporting the group because of its past association with Weinstein was missing the opportunity to help others. “Come on, bigger fish to fry, we’re trying to cure AIDS here,” she said.

This year’s event, which was held at the exclusive Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It featured a celebrity auction and performances by Grace Jones, Sting and Shaggy and Ellie Goulding.

The amfAR gala attracts top stars each year in the area for the nearby Cannes Film Festival, where Weinstein was also a mainstay. Last year’s event raised more than $20 million (17.8 million euros) to combat the disease globally.

Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel said she felt encouraged by movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up, which gained massive support after the Weinstein scandal.

“Change is definitely happening, people are talking which is the first step and speaking and talking about things that are wrong and should never happen. And I feel like those conversations are now being put to action and we’re not going to see repetition of the past I hope.”

(With inputs from AP)

First Published: May 18, 2018 12:35 IST