Bollywood actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is all set to walk the red carpet at the 66th Cannes Film Festival for the 11th consecutive time on 15 May.
Previous events saw the actress walking down the red carpet with hubby Abhishek Bachchan by her side. But this year, she will be accompanying her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan, whose Hollywood debut film "The Great Gatsby" has been selected for the opening ceremony of the renowned French festival.
This will be second time the actress will attend the festival after giving birth to Aaradhya Bachchan in 2011. Last year, Aishwarya's appearance was a matter of great discussion and debate as she seemed to have gained immense weight. Some criticised her for not shedding the post-pregnancy weight, while others came to her defense.
Aishwarya who seemed unfazed by the criticism retorted, "An actor is in the public eye, there will be opinions. I'm very thankful to everyone out there who gives me so much love and so much positivity that the negativity doesn't come in here, it just doesn't touch me at all."
As the criticism about Aishwarya's weight gain simmered down, speculations about her next choice of outfit for the upcoming prestigious event have cropped up. The actress is rumoured to step out in traditional attire this time again.
The doe-eyed beauty, who had given out sizzling performances at the 50th edition of 'Ponds Femina Miss India 2013' and the Times of India Film awards, seemed to be working hard to regain her pre-pregnancy figure.
The 66th Cannes Film Festival will pay homage to Indian Cinema which is celebrating its 100th year. Apart from Aishwarya, a number of Indian celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Ameesha Patel and southern superstar Rajinikanth will be attending the event.
Check out photos of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Walking the red carpet at Cannes in the past 10 years:
Actress Aishwarya Rai arrives on the red carpet ahead of the screening of the film "Cosmopolis" in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival May 25, 2012. (Reuters)
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Sleeping Beauty", in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, May 12, 2011. Twenty films are competing in the May 11 to 22 cinema showcase, with a roll call including major screen stars, revered "auteur" directors and relative newcomers. (Reuters)
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan poses on the red carpet for the opening ceremony of the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 11, 2011. REUTERS
Actress Aishwarya Rai arrives on the red carpet for the screening of "Tournee" in competition by director Mathieu Amalric at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival May 13, 2010. Nineteen films compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or which will be awarded on May 23. (Rueters)
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (R) and actor Abhishek Bachchan pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Chun feng chen zui de ye wan" (Spring Fever), at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival May 14, 2009. Twenty films compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or which will be awarded on May 24.(Reuters)
Aishwarya Rai poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the animated film "Up" by director Pete Docter on the opening night of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival May 13, 2009. (Reuters)
Actresses (L to R) Rachida Brakni, Eva Longoria Parker and Aishwarya Rai arrive for the screening of Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles' film "Blindness" on the opening night of the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 14, 2008.(Reuters)
Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan and his wife, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai arrive for an evening gala screening of Chinese director Wong Kar Wai's in-competition film "My Blueberry Nights" at the 60th Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2007.(Reuters)
Indian actress Aishwarya Rai blows a kiss as she attend the world premiere of "The Da Vinci Code" at the opening night of the 59th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 17, 2006.(Reuters)
Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai poses during red carpet arrivals for the out of competition screening of [U.S. director Woody Allen's] film "Match Point" at the 58th Cannes Film Festival May 12, 2005. (Reuters)
(L-R) Chinese actress Gong Li, Indian actress Aishwarya Rai and French model Laetitia Casta pose during red carpet arrivals on the first day of the 57th International film festival in Cannes, May 12, 2004.(Reuters)
Jury President, French director Patrice Chereau (L), escorts jury member, Indian actress and a former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai (R) during red-carpet arrivals at the 56th International Film Festival in Cannes, May 15, 2003. (Reuters)
Indian actress Aishwarya Rai salutes as she poses for photographers during a photocall for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film "Devdas" in Cannes May 23, 2002.(Reuters)