Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan chose an elegant look in a red designer Banarasi silk sari to wear for a special lunch with French President François Hollande on Tuesday.
Aishwarya, who has been in the midst of shooting her new film Sarbjit, took out time from her busy schedule to attend the lunch, said to have been organised in Hollande’s honour by French Ambassador Francois Richier.
Richier had invited the 42-year-old actress for the lunch, which Hollande attended following his appearance at the country’s colourful Republic Day parade on Rajpath as the chief guest.
Aish adorned polki jewellery and a bunched up hairdo for the occasion. A simple bindi and red lipstick completed her look.
The sari that Aishwarya had worn is from designer duo Swati and Sunaina, and made in Banaras. 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.
Aishwarya is also an ambassador of French cosmetics and beauty company L’Oréal 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.