She’s the Bollywood actress who hit headlines at last year’s Cannes Film Festival following cruel jibes about her weight. But on Sunday night Aishwarya Rai made a stunning appearance as she returned to the annual festival looking better than ever.
The 39-year-old actress looked incredible in a heavily beaded Elie Saab gown as she attended the premiere of Inside Llewyn Davis. Aishwarya showed off her slender figure in the outfit, which was fitted at the waist before billowing out into a long train.
The stunning star, who was once named the world’s most beautiful woman, finished off her outfit by leaving her hair loose in tumbling curls. Earlier in the day, Aishwarya was seen cuddling up to her gorgeous daughter Aaradhya as she showed her some of the sights in Cannes from their hotel balcony. The actress will no doubt be hoping her appearance at this year’s festival will be less controversial than the last.
In 2012, an unfortunate photograph that captured the actress with a double chin sparked a flurry of cruel criticism, with some suggesting that she had a ‘duty’ to her fans to regain her pre-pregnancy figure. One website posted a video of the star looking less than her usual svelte self, flicking between photographs of her pre-birth, and post pregnancy.
Called ‘Aishwarya Rai’s shocking weight gain’, the clip came accompanied by elephant sound effects. Dozens more videos in a similar vein were then posted, each with viewing figures in the tens or hundreds of thousands. Comments left after the video prove that many of those watching had little sympathy for the star. ‘She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit,’ one said. Another added: ‘She needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery.’
Aishwarya remained cool-headed about the criticism, and was open about the fact that she was in no hurry to lose the few extra pounds she gained during her pregnancy, adding that she simply wants to ‘enjoy motherhood’. Speaking previously about becoming a parent, Aishwarya said: ‘(Motherhood) is wonderful. You ask the question and I beam! ‘It’s splendid… It’s inexplicable.The joy, the bliss, is wonderful. A smile from my daughter and that’s it! She’s good. She’s great.’