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Bollywood divas on the much-coveted red carpet of Cannes, what they wore and how it went down

As the Cannes Film Festival comes around again this week, we remember all the Bollywood appearances on the famous red carpet
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Cannes Film Festival is a truly international event keenly watched for its fashion impact

The Cannes Film Festival will be from 8th to 19th May this year. This festival held in Cannes, France, is an annual international film festival celebrating film and culture from all around the world. The ultimate expression of glamour is the walk on the red carpet in the festival.

The difference between Oscar and Cannes red carpets is that Oscar is too exclusive and only for one evening. Cannes’ red carpet goes on throughout the festival. Talented men and women from all over the world pose on the red carpet in Cannes, making it a true festival of the world.

In the new millennium, the status of India as a soft power was affirmed when in 2002 Aishwarya Rai walked on the much coveted red carpet of Cannes Film Festival, representing the film Devdas.

Since then, Indian films are being featured in competitive and non-competitive categories on a regular basis. Aishwarya is a regular fixture on the Cannes red carpet since 2002. More and more Indians have been joining her. This year along with Aishwarya, many other Bollywood beauties such as Sonam, Deepika, Kangana, Huma are expected to appear on the red carpet.

But the whole story started in 2002. Let’s see the significant Indian red carpet appearances since 2002.

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Year: 2002

Who: Aishwarya Rai attended the premiere of Devdas accompanied by the director Bhansali and co-actor Shahrukh.

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Wearing what: A traditional saree by Neeta Lulla with what can be only described as tons of gold.

Hit or Miss: Although people sat up and took notice of her, her look was criticised for being too garish.

Year: 2003

Who: Aishwarya Rai attended the festival as a jury member, the first by an Indian actor.


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Wearing what: A neon green saree and a pink ghaghra choli by Neeta Lulla

Hit or Miss: Both the outfits were misses for their absurd non-flattering looks

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Year: 2004

Who: Aishwarya Rai for the first time attended the festival as the brand ambassador of L’Óreal

Wearing what: Shimmering revealing gown by Neeta Lulla

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Hit or Miss: The gown was ill-fitted to put it mildly

Year: 2005

Who: Aishwarya Rai opened the festival

Wearing what: A flirty flowery Armani gown and a daring Gucci black gown

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Hit or Miss: Both dresses were big hits

Extra: Another Indian Mallika Sherawat too started appearing in Cannes since this year, but her appearances never created much ripples in media.

Year: 2006

Who: Aishwarya Rai attended the screening of her film “Provoked”.

Wearing what: Strapless blue and black Roberto Cavalli gowns

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Hit or Miss: The gowns were hits, but most eye catching was her snake choker

Extra: Preity Zinta attended the festival representing a watch brand but her appearances never grabbed the headlines

Year: 2007

Who: Aishwarya Rai attended screenings of Guru and teaser of Jodha Akbar

Wearing what: White strapless Giorgio Armani gown

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Hit or Miss: The dress was appreciated, so was her thick diamond necklace, but the most eye catching was her arm candy the fresh new husband Abhishek

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Year: 2008

Who: Aishwarya Rai attended with her husband and in-laws

Wearing what: Golden Armani, black and bright fuchsia Cavalli gowns

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Hit or Miss: Hit

Year: 2009

Who: Aishwarya Rai

Wearing what: floor-sweeping Roberto Cavalli strapless white gown and a grey Elie Saab one-shoulder gown

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Hit or Miss: Hit

Year: 2010

Who: Aishwarya Rai

Wearing what: A gold Sabyasachi saree with an emerald green blouse, violet mermaid gown with a train and sheer shoulders and a black strapless Armani Prive gown

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Hit or Miss: Her saree look was not appreciated much, but the gowns were hits

Extra: Deepika had a low profile debut.

Year: 2011

Who: Aishwarya Rai

Wearing what: An Elie Saab one shoulder embroidered gown and a geometric Armani Prive dress

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Hit or Miss: Hit

Who: Sonam Kapoor became another A lister in Cannes as the brand ambassador of L’Óreal.

Wearing what: She debuted with a Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown and then wore a Roberto Cavalli dress and The Row white gown.

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Hit or Miss: Mostly hit, but her debut gown made meme makers work overtime.

Year: 2012

Who: Aishwarya Rai

Wearing what: Grey Elie Saab gown, an Angelo Katsapis maxidress, a cream chikankari Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla sari with an embroidered jacket, Roberto Cavalli kaftan

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Hit or Miss: The choice of outfits of the new mom Aishwarya was generally not appreciated except the Elie Saab gown which flattered her post pregnancy figure.

Who: Sonam Kapoor

Wearing what: Masaba Gupta polka dot sari worn with a full-sleeve shirt inspired blouse, velvet Dolce & Gabbana dress and Alexander McQueen gown

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Hit or Miss: She was noticed for her quirky choices

Year: 2013

Who: Aishwarya Rai

Wearing what: One-shoulder teal Gucci gown, a black and grey Elie Saab couture gown and an Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla floor-length Anarkali with colourful heavy embroidery, sarees by Sabyasachi and Tarun Tahliani. For interviews she wore perfectly fitted trousers, shirt, waistcoat and white shirt and black mermaid like skirt

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Hit or Miss: Her traditional wear disappointed the critics, but she got big thumbs up for her interview outfits.

Who: Sonam Kapoor

Wearing what: A red Elie Saab couture dress, a traditional lace sari by Anamika Khanna with a long embroidered jacket, black and white net Shehla Khan lehenga and a floral print Dolce & Gabbana dress

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Hit or Miss: She stuck to safe choices this year

Who: Vidya Balan appeared as a jury member.

Wearing what: Maroon lehenga and full-sleeved choli, sea green organza sari, white-gold sari and few other traditional outfits designed by Sabyasachi.

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Hit or Miss: The dresses could not impress anyone.

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Year: 2014

Who: Aishwarya Rai

Wearing what: Strapless gold gown and dazzling embellished white gown with trains designed by Roberto Cavalli

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Hit or Miss: One of her best looks

Who: Sonam Kapoor

Wearing what: Elie Saab couture gown, dainty blue Elie Saab couture and a pale pink net sari by Anamika Khanna.

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Hit or Miss: Hit

Year: 2015

Who: Aishwarya Rai

Wearing what: Her most liked outfits were an emerald green Elie Saab, a strapless Ralph & Russo couture gown in monochromes and a maroon strapless Oscar de la Renta gown

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Hit or Miss: A veteran now in rocking the red carpet look

Who: Sonam Kapoor

Wearing what: a lime green frou frou Elie Saab gown, a cobalt-blue Ralph and Russo ballgown

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Hit or Miss: The daring frou frou failed, with people comparing it to chicken feathers

Year: 2016

Who: Aishwarya Rai

Wearing what: Rami Kadi floral gown with daring purple lips, a heavily embellished, floor-sweeping, golden-brown coloured bandhgala jacket by Rohit Bal, pink-gold Elie Saab gown, red ruffled gown by Naeem Khan and golden Ali Younes Couture gown.

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Hit or Miss: The show stealer was the purple lipstick, showing the world she can take huge risks.

Who: Sonam Kapoor

Wearing what: Ralph & Russo designed her three outfits. First one with a floral cape, another with a chic black with a linear pattern and the third one was a saree-inspired dress.

sonam 2016Hit or Miss: The huge saree inspired dress was show stealer.

Year: 2017

Who: Aishwarya Rai

Wearing what: a floral Georges Hobeika gown, one shoulder blush pink Monisha Jaising gown with hand-crafted embellishments, flared gota tukdi sherwani by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, blue floor sweeping ball room gown by Filipino designer Michael Cinco

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Hit or Miss: Her look was generally appreciated. The huge size of the ballroom gown blew everyone’s mind and made meme makers happy.

Who: Sonam Kapoor

Wearing what: a structured, one-shoulder outfit in soft mint green by Masaba Gupta, light pink Elie Saab floral motif gown, a golden Elie Saab dress.

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Hit or Miss: Okay

Who: Deepika Padukone joined the party for the first time representing L’Óreal.

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Wearing what: a deep green Brandon Maxwell gown with a long train and a plum-hued dress by label Marchesa.

Hit or Miss: Hit

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  1. Aishwarya will always be the muse! She does not dress up, she owns the look! <3
    And, I have come to admire Sonam for taking calculated risks when it comes to her fashion game and she is not afraid to try new things! She leaves a mark!

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