So, now I understand what makes this woman legendary – it’s the ability to shock you out of any complacency or pre-conceived notions. Consider this:
1. Just when the fashion world had written Aishwarya Rai Bachchan off for being “nothing but a severely out-of-shape mom”, here she pops up at Cannes 2012, several kilos lighter and with a gorgeous glow that even cynics like me can’t fault.
2. Given her post-pregnancy weight gain, every single person across the globe was dead sure she had no option but to drape herself in an all-concealing sari or voluminous anarkali kurta. Ms. Rai, on the other hand, shows up in a gorgeous Angelo Katsapis dress that drapes sinuously across her body, looking both sophisticate and on-trend.
3. While her previous Cannes appearances have ventured deep into disaster territory on both fashion and makeup (also, remember that ghastly hair?) front, this one time when we were expecting unmitigated horror, she goes soft, flowing locks that are perfect for visually reducing the still slightly face and pretty, natural-looking makeup with just the right hint of shimmer to catch the light and make everything seem gorgeous!
Now, I can’t wait for all those who criticised Aish on her weight loss to start speculating about extreme measures taken to lose said face. Good show, Ms. Rai Bachchan!