Once upon a time, the Cannes red carpet, for us Indians, used to be a 'Ash only' zone. However, thanks to many consumer brands, this doesn't hold true any longer.
This year, at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, we saw the likes of Mallika Sherawat (who had been to Cannes last year as well to unveil her film Hisss), Sonam Kapoor (who was supposed to be there a year back was then later left out), Minissha Lamba (to wear 40 lakh worth jewellery), Playboy model Candice Boucher (to promote her Indian debut film) and even Saif Ali Khan (thanks to Chivas, the brand he endorses).
Now with so many actors at the same address, sparks were meant to fly. While Candice and Mallika vied for paparazzi attention by showcasing their underwear on the red carpet, another controversy was brewing off it.
Saif Ali Khan on being questioned about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's presence at the festival every year, with or without a film to promote, said, "Maybe because she is a pretty face." Needless to say, this remark sparked a controversy.
News websites picked up Saif's remark, saying how the actor feels that Ash is just a 'pretty face'. A website even went ahead to say that an actor, however big or small would definitely feel angry on being referred as pretty but not talented.
The controversies were further fuelled by the fact that once upon a time in Bollywood, the junior Bachchan bahu and Saif's girlfriend Kareena Kapoor refused to even look at each other. Starting in the days when Abhishek unceremoniously dropped Bebo's elder sister Karisma, the cold war continues even today.
In fact, the two Bollywood leading ladies refused to acknowledge each other's presence at an award ceremony held in early March, this year.
However, Saif is shocked to hear about the misinterpretation of what he had to say about Ash. "I was asked about the relevance of Ash going to Cannes and I said she is the international face of India
I said we should be proud about her beautiful face. One website quoted me verbatim, complimenting Ash, which is what I meant in the first place. But others have misquoted me. I would never say something like that about her." Of course, the girlfriend's feelings are not transferred to the Chhote Nawab!