When fans come with selfie requests, at times Aaradhya photo bombs them: Aishwarya Rai
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When fans come with selfie requests, at times Aaradhya photo bombs them: Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan talks about her long association with the Cannes Film Festival and how her daughter, Aaradhya, is getting used to being photographed everywhere they go.

bollywood Updated: May 21, 2017 19:54 IST
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with her daughter Aaradhya Bachchan at the Mumbai airport.(Pramod Thakur/Hindustan Times)

Actor and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been representing India at the Cannes Film Festival for over a decade – once as a jury member, then for a movie and multiple times for a cosmetic brand. She’s been making news for her gorgeous outfits and stunning red-carpet appearances this year as well.

Since the last couple of years, her daughter Aaradhya accompanies her at the gala. At the red carpet on Saturday night, the little girl was seen walking along like a style diva with her mother.

Is her daughter also becoming familiar with the whole grandeur?

“Well, I think yes, as she understands the fact that we get photographed everywhere we go, at the airport, outside our house. She knows that we go places and sees our posters everywhere,” Aishwarya told the media in Mumbai during a video call from the Cannes Film Festival.

“I think Aaradhya is quite aware, but I do not sit down and talk about these things,” said Aishwarya.

“There are certain things in her (Aaradhya) that make me smile... Like when fans come to me with a selfie request, at times she photo bombs them. At times, she asks me, ‘Mamma, not me na?’ as she knows I keep requesting shutterbugs not to click her pictures. In fact, the recent airport photo that you all have seen her waving at in, has a story.

“When I saw the picture, I asked her, ‘Whom were you waving your hands at?’. She said, ‘No Mumma, I was telling them, no no, no photo please!’. Isn’t it cute? She is very spontaneous.”

This time at the Cannes gala, Aishwarya’s “Devdas” was also screened. It was first screened at the fest in 2002.

Talking about it, she said: “It is so special. I came here (at the Cannes festival) for the first time as an Indian actress with the film ‘Devdas’... I still enjoy watching ‘Devdas’ and I still get messages from people. It is wonderful to recount that memory this year.”

Aishwarya has had a long association with the Cannes Film Festival. “I do not even count years now. It’s all familial – the association with the festival as well as with the brand.”

Aishwarya in a mermaid dress at Cannes. (Monisha Jaising/Instagram)

Aishwarya says wearing make-up is part of her lifestyle as she belongs to the glamour industry, but it is also something that she enjoys. Like music, make-up sets her mood for a day.

“I think we all love to play with colours to create something that reflects on every creative aspect of life – be it make-up, be it fashion... It works like a mood uplifter. So, I think make-up is like music, it’s like a creative energy, it uplifts and sets your mood,” Aishwarya said.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan poses as she arrives on May 19, 2017 for the screening of the film Okja at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. (AFP)

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First Published: May 21, 2017 18:22 IST