Aishwarya Rai Bachchan talks films, Cannes and more with Francois Hollande

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has chosen an elegant look in a red designer Banarasi silk sari to wear for a special lunch with French President Francois Hollande.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: January 27, 2016 5:04 pm
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Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is said to have had a “hospitable” experience when she met French President Francois Hollande at a special luncheon in New Delhi on Tuesday (January 26), looking radiant and ravishing in a red Banarasi sari.

Their conversation ranged from talking about movies to her experiences at Cannes, a guest at the lunch told IANS, adding that Hollande even made Aishwarya join him at his table.

“The French president was very warm,” the insider said.

Aishwarya, who has been in the midst of shooting her new film “Sarbjit”, took out time from her busy schedule to attend the lunch, which was hosted by French Ambassador Francois Richier. (PHOTOS: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan glows in red Banarasi sari for meeting with Hollande)

The former beauty queen, a past recipient of the prestigious ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’, a civilian award by the French government, was the only Indian actor to be present.

Hollande attended the lunch following his appearance at the country’s colourful Republic Day parade on Rajpath as the chief guest.

Other guests at the lunch included designers Ritu Beri, who has earlier received the Chevalier Des Arts et Des Lettres award, one of the highest civilian awards by the French government, for her contribution to the enrichment of Indo-French cultural relations; and Manish Arora, who shares a deep connect with Paris, the source said.

There were other politicians and businessmen at the gala.

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has chosen an elegant look in a red designer Banarasi silk sari to wear for a special lunch with French President Francois Hollande in Delhi on Tuesday (January 26).

Richier has invited the 42-year-old actress for the lunch, which Hollande will attend following his appearance at the country’s colourful Republic Day parade on Rajpath as the chief guest.

Also read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ‘honoured’ over luncheon with French president

Aishwarya, all ready for the lunch, looks ravishing in red in an image shared by her publicist.

aishwarya rai bachchan Aishwarya Rai Bachchan greets French President Francois Hollande. (Source: Twitter)

“Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wishes all her well wishers a very happy Republic Day,” read the caption to the image featuring the former beauty queen, who adorned polki jewellery and a bunched up hairdo for the occasion. A simple bindi and red lipstick completed her look.

The sari that Aishwarya has worn is from designer duo Swati and Sunaina, and made in Banaras — age-old weavers from where are poised for a facelift courtesy Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Woven with fine mulberry silk and zari made from pure silver threads dipped in gold, the sari is called ‘mehraab’ after the shape of the ‘buta’ that is woven across the six-yard wonder.

What’s special is that only natural fibres and eco-friendly dyeing has been used in the making of this sari, and it is woven using the ‘kadhuwa’ technique, a source close to the designers, told IANS.

It’s only perfectly suited that Aishwarya chose a creation that’s deeply rooted in Indian technique and craft to meet the president of France, a country that she’s had a great connect with for long.

Apart from being a regular at the Cannes International Film Festival, where the first look of “Jazbaa” — her comeback film post pregnancy — was launched last year, Aishwarya has been a recipient of the prestigious ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’, a civilian award by the French government.

An actress who has featured in Bollywood films like “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”, “Dhoom 2”, “Guru” and “Devdas”, Aishwarya is also an ambassador of French cosmetics and beauty company L’Oral Paris, for which she recently starred in an ad with Eva Longoria.

In fact, she even shot for her international film “Pink Panther 2” in Paris.

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    Vishal.Gupt
    Jan 26, 2016 at 5:35 pm
    Remember in 2009 actress Asin was sent to meet Raja-paksha and Salman Khan was sent to Raja-Paksha's wife. The divine confluence was arranged by Mama M K NARAYANAN, international pimp!
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      Shiv.Sharma
      Jan 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm
      P(i)M(p) of India.
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        Its.French.to.me
        Jan 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm
        I am encouraged to run for French President.
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          Pravin ,UK
          Jan 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm
          Simply Gorgeous and BREATHTAKING Indian beauty in RED ..Most BEAUTIFUL IN SAREE
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            Tally
            Jan 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm
            I can 't understand why some comments here reek of jealousy. They chose her out of the w lot of Bollywood stars LIVE WITH IT!
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              charu
              Jan 26, 2016 at 1:11 pm
              It can only be elegant aish who could wear sari to present India...kudos to her
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                countk99
                Jan 26, 2016 at 11:55 am
                Gorgeous., we love the family and she is perfect Indian women.,
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                  Das Madhavan
                  Jan 27, 2016 at 5:02 am
                  An amazing person with valor, humility and enviable charm; perhaps one of the handful of Bollywood with wisdom.
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                    madhav
                    Jan 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm
                    Is she in politics???...is she a representative of Govt.???...why is she there???...This is a matter of international relation...This is not a place for bollywood dramas...Has she done something for society???...Pls Indian , be mature...
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                      globalcitizen2222
                      Jan 26, 2016 at 3:26 pm
                      When the Indian prime minister visits france, they dont shut any roads for him, they dont get french celebries to even go chit chat with him, in fact they dont even mention on their news that the Indian prime minister is visiting france. And even today the French President was the chief guest at republic day, he has been in India three days and you can all check and - the leading french newspapers and none of them even mention their President is In India while we Indians are treating this person like some god. This is the worth of India and Indians internationally, and its getting worse rather than improving...the french dont even acknowledge India or Indians while their President has come five times here to sign a defence deal that is still not moving ahead. The day indians start having some self respect is the day we will get respect elsewhere. P.s....if Aishwarya rai is as crazy about France as she claims to be then why doesnt she learn how to speak french "properly"...I don't think she even knows french history or culture in any detail.
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                        yeshwant
                        Jan 28, 2016 at 11:47 am
                        Ultimate goddess of bollywood..deed the most beautiful..😙
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                          kamal kushwaha
                          Jan 26, 2016 at 3:50 pm
                          Kamal
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                            HILARY
                            Jan 26, 2016 at 3:29 pm
                            Francois Hollande is into his 3rd relationship. There is some more time to start the 4th one.
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                              Pee Vee
                              Jan 26, 2016 at 3:22 pm
                              She has been invited for the lunch by the ambador and this reason is enough for her to be there. Do you even know the total size of Bollywood as an Industry. Ticket revenue alone is around USD 4.5 billion and she is indeed a good b ambador of Indian Cinema.
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                                Pannalal Goyal
                                Jan 26, 2016 at 4:12 pm
                                All Miss Universe and Miss World also must be allowed to have interactions with World's Heads and Leaders when they visit India .
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                                  Premkumar
                                  Jan 27, 2016 at 4:18 am
                                  They are many problems in the country than Aishwarya Rai's Saree design... Pls focus on that...
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                                    better person
                                    Jan 26, 2016 at 1:59 pm
                                    she is former miss world and yes she has done many things for society ,so much that miss world org recently named her most successful miss world ever . instead of being proud of her you trash talk about her on internet.
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                                      RR
                                      Jan 27, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                                      Duru hater u r BRAINLESS ..absolutely DURU LOSER
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                                        RR
                                        Jan 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm
                                        Ethereal beauty mind blowing AISHWARYA
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                                          RR
                                          Jan 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm
                                          Lol madhav hater..no onevother than AISHWARYA deserves go there..
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                                            RR
                                            Jan 26, 2016 at 11:52 am
                                            Lovely in red
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