Playing dress up is Aishwarya’s way of life

MUMBAI: Pats and brickbats for her wardrobe choices have been a part and parcel of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s 15-year-old Cannes Film Festival journey. Asked if she feels a constant pressure to look a certain way, Rai Bachchan, said in an interview, “It has been 15 years at Cannes and I remember coming here for the first time for Devdas and I knew I belonged to showbiz forever. So, playing dress up has become way of life. I don’t shy away from it. I keep teasing everyone that one day I am just going to walk out in a white shirt and jeans on red carpet. I always say there are so many opportunities.”

Fashion, for the 42-year-old former beauty queen, is “like art”.

This year, Rai Bachchan, who is a L’oreal Paris brand ambassador, began her series of appearances with a glittering gold cape dress, followed by a ravishing red Naeem Khan number. Thereafter, she looked elegant in a flowing and dreamy Elie Sab creation and then she chose an ensemble by India’s veteran designer Rohit Bal. She ended up turning heads when she turned up sporting a purple pout, which took the focus away from her clothes in another appearance.

Besides, she says she “didn’t have the time to personally look at all the choices that the fashion industry was keen on spoiling me with” because she has been caught up with the promotion of Sarbjit, which was screened at the Cannes movie gala on May 15.