In Roberto Cavalli


On day two of the Cannes Film Festival, the Bachchan duo dressed down with Aishwarya wearing a Roberto Cavalli Resort 2009 blue dress and Abhishek in denims with a white blazer. (Yep, I know what you are thinking. White again?)

You can see more pictures of the event here.


Center: Aishwarya at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival – Cinema Verite Photocall
Left, Right: Roberto Cavalli, Resort 2009


Aishwarya and Abhishek at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival – Cinema Verite Photocall



  1. If not for the face I would have never recognized it to be Aish.There something really funny about her body or is it her posture.

  2. Is she pregnant or is that just an unflattering dress? The hair looks stringy too. I do like the fact that she hasn’t dunked herself in white foundation like she usually does. It’s nice to see her normal skin tone without that geisha look she has going sometimes.

    The less said about Abhi the better. Let me get this straight. Faded jeans, pink shirt, white blazer with blue piping and a yucky necklace to top it off. I’m sorry but he looks like a lounge lizard.

  3. Actually she’s tanned here so its not her “normal” skin tone.
    She looks pretty. The dress is okay but its more than made up with her beautiful face.

  4. She looks more at ease here. She always looks like she is trying too hard. This is a welcome change even though I don’t think much of the dress itself

  5. Abhi looks really odd. I wonder if he is taking his role in Dostana a bit to seriously. Blue piping in a international event, he could do so much better.

  6. Hit the gym, woman, you make the Cavalli look like a $15 discount bin dress with that mid section.
    Abhisek is so boring and funny looking, I don’t know what to say..

  7. her posture is off…which is REALLY WEIRD for Ash o_O, her posture is always PERFECT
    well, she looks good, but really tired or uncomfortable or something
    maybe she’s sick, I get that glazed look in my eyes when I’m sick too
    The color is great on her and her clevage always looks great
    Abhi I love but… :l

  8. I like this colour on her. She looks nice but would be even better with less makeup.
    As for abhishek…a necklace? ..its a little too much

  9. They both look nice, happy and relaxed. If there is a fluctuation in weight, I tend to assume that it’s because of their roles in the movies. When I watch interviews, they comment on how the role required this and that, so I gather it might take time to shed that weight off.

  10. wow, ash looks fab! her face looks great – nice and fresh and right-toned makeup and actually flattering to her features! blue does look good, but i do wish that she had chosen the version in the picture on the left – would have made the entire look perfect.

  11. Aishwariya looks gorgeous as usual but that dress is ugly! There’s nothing spectacular about it. I actually like Abhishek here!

  12. Hmm, I like her better here but there’s something off… :/

    Abhishek WHAT WAS HE THINKING… blazer with blue piping?! that’s so NOT on. was he trying to contrast with his jeans? and the pink shirt which isn’t even buttoned up! I know he was going for semi casual but this is fugly! and mmm, I think he should just grow some nice goatee now. its a bit uncomfortable to see him looking like this.

  13. P.S., the one shoulder dress on the model is just divine.

    BTW, to all the ladies here, what is your brand of choice when you go clubbing and everyday life? I mean we nit pick the bolly-gals here for their dress sense. I just want to know a bit about the fab ladies here on this blog.
    I go for a lot of Calvin Clein and DVF for work, I am 5’10” , so I love the tailored look of these brands. 3.1 Phillip Lim is one of my fav brands. Jean Paul Gaultier and Dolce are on my lust list, though I can hardly afford them :-(

  14. she looks okay, I also wish she had worn the long version, much better effect I think, but colour is lovely on her.

    Have to say that annoying “bais cut” dresses always make tummy’s look big, specially if your not stick thin. The long version would have made her look thinner.

    Her make-up is alot better this year, like it is during indian events.


    Lastly what was this event for?? why is abhi sitting with her as they are answering questions or something?? He’s just her +1 not a proper cannes member.

  15. I agree she looks much better here,I think it has to do with the hair let down.She has a round face and the up do made her look chubbier than she is.Her close-up shots are stunning,her make-up is really well done.AND she looks younger too.

  16. I really LIKE her look here…
    Its perfect for the event..

    Its so simple and i saw the other pics…shes glowing


  17. I agree with Mita, if you’re going to be wearing all these tight evening gowns and competing with the hollywood lot you should at least try and tone up a bit -, the press are so ruthless abroad they’ll point out even the tiniest bit of tummy. Even if she just worked on those arms a bit she’d look fabulous!

  18. Guys…I dont know what you (people commenting) are complaining abt…what is wrong with the dress being a little tight on her tummy..aren’t all of us Indian women like that…I think she is looking fab….

    @ Mita….I assume you have a great bod..even better than a super model as you are advising Aishwarya Rai to hit the gym…I think u need not be so harsh.

  19. Its a ok looking dress to start with… so it looks like any other dress. Also, i wish she had worn white sandals. i wish she had worn the one with one shoulder… that is so pretty! I wish i can own of those.
    Ok, too may wishes here… As for abhi, i can only pray.


  21. @Priti,huh? Mita isn’t representing Loreal at Cannes and needn’t be judged on the way she looks.She is perfectly entitled to her opinion.You might love Ash’s look while some don’t.The world needs all kinds of opinions.

  22. The colour looks very good on her. I like the casual hair and make-up. The one shoulder dress on the model is stunning.

    Abhi – goodness, why Abhi why????

  23. @P…I know everyone is entitled to their opinion..but do you really think everyone who is represting any cosmetic giant has to be pefect 10..does that mean that only perfect 10’s will be actual buyers..
    What i was trying to say is I adore her for not being stick thin and being able to pull off all kinds of clothes..western and Indian.

  24. This photocall was for the opening of Cinema Verite – movies that promote social causes and human rights. Both Abhishek and Aishwarya were on the panel from the video clip I saw. It was not a dressy event.

    I don’t like the cut of her dress but she looks glowing. Abhishek needs to get rid of the white jackets. Although men on the Riviera like to wear white which I saw when I was there.

  25. @Priti – I am sorry to say this, just wearing a dress doesnt mean you pulled off dress extremely fine.
    Honeslty, she didnt think she pulled off anything here… its a normal looking, boring dress in a pretty colour.
    I dont care abt perfect 10… But I think any one who wants to wear those kind of dresses should avoid a belly. Stick thin or not, Belly is BIG NO NO!

  26. Preeti, as it turns out , I do have a (much)better body than Aish . I watch my diet, hit the gym almost everyday and I am quite tall(much taller than Aish). I wish I could post a picture of myself here, but P&P don’t allow links to other blogs I guess.
    But again, I am not at Cannes representing a cosmetics company with flabby arms and big tummy. Not everyone with a perfect figure has to be an actress, but anyone who is a leading actress needs to have a perfect figure. Its part of the job.

  27. you know being on the heavier side myself (US size 8) and surrounded by skinnier gals (US size 2 or 4). if i had aish’s body, i would have no problem at all :) But I guess even with her figure, i would still get criticized. Sometimes you can’t please everyone. That being said, I am not liking her here at all. Even if it is cavalli, it’s ugly.

  28. LOVE the duo ! Ash dressed down is sucha change ! I love the hair band , loose waves and the beachy blue. Its not often that she looks adorable. This is just one pic taken probably in transition to her perfect posture.It could be the angles too…
    Abhi and his pink shirt …cute! Only thing I’d change – take thse glasses off his head. Somehow glasses on top on the head looks good on women. Men, not so much

  29. Why are people discussing unflattering body even? Isn’t this site about Fashion and pure fashion?

    PnP why are such comments approved. It is totally demeaning and targeting the personality.

    On an aside, the dress color is great. The hair being stringing, I can say she dressed up with that complicated hairdo previously and I am sure her hair is taking a break from all the hairsprays now.

    Abhi…less said is better.

  30. I’m not even gonna waste my time and read all these comments above me, some of them are absolutely ridiculous.

    Aish, by no means, looks fat or needs to hit the gym. We don’t need another size 0 Kareena. I think she looks great with some extra meat, and if she’s happy with her figure, THEN GOOD FOR HER! As a curvy (PROUD) woman, I love seeing actresses happy with who they are, and not get sucked into the media’s idea of a “perfect figure”

    I think she looks great, happy, and confident! It’s pretty obvious that this is a candid shot of her laughing, so that would explain the posture (DUH)

    As for Abhi, he looks like aite, not THAT bad…he just needs a stylist

  31. Oh, and I think she should have gone for the dress the model is wearing, I always thought necklines like that are kinda old-school

  32. Ash looks alrite…dress isn’t great. I prefer her with light/basic/no makeup. So this is kinda better than what she usually does.
    Ok seriously, what’s going on with Abhi. …Pink and blue and cream/white and jeans mess. Even the hair is ick…what’s going on with them. :|

  33. neck up she looks gorgeous, however the dress is soooo not right for her, i thnk that the version on the right would have been perfect for her!

    as for hubby abhi…erm YUCK!

    btw i seriously dothink that they are co-ordinating their outfits, butthen again I hope I’m WRONG!

  34. This was a Cinema Verite 2009 Press Conference held at the Hotel Martinez. Aishwarya spoke on behalf of Cinema Verite, a special film event dedicated to films and social actions that promote human rights and the eight Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations. She is the first non-hollywood celebrity to be associated with this cause. I think this deserves applause !:)

  35. first off, didn’t P&P issue a notice a few weeks back about rude comments on people’s body shapes?
    secondly, mita, what is considered a “perfect figure” is highly subjective. and certain people (e.g. ash, katrina kaif) do look better when they are more curvaceous. because it’s so subjective, i do not think it gives carte blanche to even so-called “great” figured people to criticize those who might not have similar figures. i do agree that perhaps, certain silhouettes are not suitable when you have a certain body type, but by no means does that mean that ash is fat if she chose an unflattering dress. i also think her posture has something to do with it – she is laughing, which means her back was slouched and her stomach sticking out. the camera also adds 10 pounds, so who knows. lastly, she is in the middle of filming a mani ratnam movie – and he is notorious for telling his actresses to gain weight. overall, i don’t think she should have to drop 10 pounds just so some random readers of HHC thinks it looks bad.

  36. Some more of the pics on FrontRowTadka…I don’t think her hair is that bad. It’s strictly okay-ish for me.
    And yeah what exactly is Abhi doing there? Loll Did the other members on the panel bring their dates/spouses to sit with them too? lol

  37. @ Mita… I totally get your point…but as someone also said…we need to consider the fact that Actors and Actresses undergo wight loss and gain cycles based on the what the current role demands…I think she is working on Ravan and Robot right now….may be she was supposed to have a fuller figure for either one of them…
    And if you think she has a tummy then I should hide myself in a closet and lock it forever.

  38. people, please dont think that just because we think that aishwarya needs to tone down a bit, we want her to be size zero. why unnecessarily drag kareena and her “size zero” into every weight issue?

    at ak: since you brought up katrina, might i add that katrina is curvy yes! but she is super fit and toned.

    and being 35 doesnt mean she is a dinosaur. she is still YOUNG!

  39. Fugly dress, but she seems to be carrying it quite ok. As someone said before, I’m glad she hasn’t got the usual white goop of a makeup on her face. Thank you Team L’oreal!

  40. hmmmm…personally, I think Ash looks better when she’s on the thin side, otherwise she tends to look a bit bloated
    she still has that face though, I guess it doesn’t matter (says the person who runs marathons on the treadmill everyday :D )

  41. I like the right most version of the Cavalli dress the best. Don’t love the one on Ash, it’s boring. Wow. I use the word boring to describe her style a lot don’t I? Lol. And her hair = bleargh!

  42. I don’t know….talk about toning down a dress! Not that it’s not pretty, but it looks like something I could pick up in a Target or Ashley Stewart…which I think goes to show that sometimes designers are just talk! It’s AMAZING to see Ash’s real skin tone here; I’m glad she didn’t slap on the pasty makeup otherwise this would have been a real disaster- oh but wait! There’s Abhishek, looking positively lecherous! Talk about disaster- who let him go out like that?!

  43. I m a big fan of Roberto Cavalli ..this guy has magic in his hands his dresses are absolutely perfect….Aish looks great in this look ..she looks quite comfortable in her dress and it is complementing her well even her simple hairstyle is making her look so pretty..
    Love her look here..good choice

  44. she looks nice here, a bit casual though. it does not matter what size or age you are, as long as you dress appropriately for either one, which Ash always does. Whether one likes the dress or not is a personal choice, so lets keep size/weight out of it. She looks best when she keeps it simple, like the elie saab and minimal jewelery/ with that black saree.

  45. Seriously wats this obsession with being so thin, may be loreal should approach the skeleton in biology lab.

    Kareena got to size 0 and ended up looking like a skeleton.

  46. lol its funny how no one replied to MK… I think we all are smart enough not to spend money so carelessly as to buy such ridiculously priced items. I wear tops from express party top collections, sometimes I can find similar tops in macys/forever 21/charlotte russe/ even wetseal! Yes I am that smart ;) and my guys friends always compliment on my clothing style and the girls get jealous!

  47. OMG that dress is hideous! I wouldn’t wear it if someone paid me…
    Ash does look heavier…but I dont think thats a bad thing…she looks better with a bit of meat on her bones
    Abhi really think he needs some fashion help..Dude Dostanas over!

  48. She looks pretty…even though the dress isn’t fabulous or anything. But it’s a refreshing look, overall.

    Flabby arms? Big tummy? By what anorexic standards are we looking at these women? Of course, it’s part of an actor’s job to look good (even then, it’s a part- they’re actors, not models). But is “good” just being a size 0? That’s a pretty media-victimized way of thinking about beauty, isn’t it?

    Tine with the capital “T”- Could you ease up on the caps please? It’s the equivalent of shouting in cyberspace…

  49. I totally agree with Mita. She has a contract to look great and with that kind of body, I highly doubt that she’ll be at Cannes next year. I love Aish but she definitely need to keep her body in a better shape considering that she is an actress and a brand ambassador.

  50. @ MK, I love BCBG, Donna Karen, DVF, Alice+Olivia are my latest loves, I love the clothes at Anthropologie, and I mostly shop at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales (this is only since I started receiving a 70% discount on many designers because of my job – would NOT be able to afford them otherwise) – but on my own non-discount budget I shop at express, forever 21 (EVERYONE loves this store – so many great cheap finds), arden B, bebe, macys etc. etc.

  51. not going to comment on her weight,Cavalli or not..that dress would be good only if she or anyone in that case wore it 8 years back.

  52. I always like Aish when she is simple.. which she is here, though I don’t like that dress .. Cavalli or not, soen’t work for me.
    And Abhi – No comments.. Seriously, what was he thinking??
    Maybe, both of them have an agreement that only one of them is going to be dressed properly at a time, or both of them dressed horribly …. but both of them dressed well be too much of a good thing!!!

  53. she doesnt look fat but she does look “not toned” – the look you get when you go a few months with not enough cardio/sculpting. A few pounds on a non-celeb wouldnt be as noticeable because we dont dress in high fashion gowns and can hide in easier clothes until we whip ourselves back into shape. THe onus is higher on celebs who make public appearances and photo shoots (this is their bread and butter) to look toned so that they can do full justice to these clothes.

    Just because someone says she needs to tone up doesnt mean they are saying she’s not beautiful – in fact, its sadder to see extreme beauty lost by not taking a littel better care..

    Standards of fitness are naturally HIGHER for Ms. Rai than for ordinary people – not lower..

  54. @ Pallavi – I agree with you, I think anorexic women being glamourized by the media has taken a toll on all us mere mortals, and probably thats the reason we’ve all turned overtly critical, even in situations like this one, where it’s so not needed.
    Ash is looking fine – not flabby, and I don’t spot a big tummy either!!
    However, it’s only the color of the dress that looks so great, apart from that there’s nothing so great about the look. And Abhi needs to get a new stylist – what’s with the blazer?? It’s blechh!!

  55. @Pallavi, @Ratan
    I too concur. Its almost unbelievable how insidiously the concept of being anorexically thin has crept up on us, as a society. Its like some kind of mass hypnosis perpetrated by the media! Never-mind that I too fall into this way of thinking about the “perfect-figure”…but I do try and catch myself when I do. Ash is most certainly not fat. And the illusion of tummy is just that- an illusion, coz of the angle, posture whatever. She may not have the most sculpted arms. But that does not equal “flabby”. Heck! Look at Anne Hathaway – that woman is rail thin – but hardly “toned”…do we see people go up in arms over her not being “toned enough”. Seriously no-body seems to talk about “being toned” just for the sake of being toned. Its really more about being “thin”…and anorexically so!

  56. I laughed at Mita’s comment. I’m sorry but it was funny & true.
    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Aish not being able to maintain her figure as she used to be able to – but I do think it’s wrong that her stylists insit on making her wear clothes that are totally unflattering!!
    No one has a perfect body without watching what they eat & excersing 24/7 – & for those of us who can not & do not want to do that that’s fine. But it’s not so difficult to wear clothes that flatter our body & hide the parts we dislike.
    If you feel as though you are unsure whether something flatters or suits you ask your cousins &/or friends (the ones that have an eye for fashion & know what suits what body type AND that will be honest). Another great idea is to ask for advice from a sales assistant. I know it sounds unbelievable but if you can find a store with fab clothes AND genuine & helpful staff then you’ve hit jackpot.

  57. I agree…some of the comments are a bit…O_O shocking
    Seriously, people, she is SO NOT fat! I dunno if we are looking are the same pic or not. Women have enough to deal with ALREADY! So, PLEASE I request people to STOP with the ‘fat’ comments, this is very hurtful to women in general!
    As for Ash, I love her here, she looks really relaxed and chilled out. They make a really cute couple:P

  58. i again want to repeat what i said earlier

    @ratan, pallavi and aarthi: body image is subjective. what is underweight to my granny is normal for me and is overweight for my teenage cousins. see?

    if she looks perfect by your standards, its fine. however, there are many to whom she looks a bit overweight, even to me. being medically trained, i can also tell that her waist/hip ratio is higher just by looking at her pictures. moreover the dress is not flattering her body type one bit!

    just because we think she needs to loose some weight, doesnt mean we want her to starve and be reed thin. why drag size zero and anorexia into every weight issue? look at ash in dhoom 2 which was 3 years go. she was fit, toned and stunning and by no means was she anorexic.

  59. Dear Ash and Abhai, the day you get your style right it will be the judgment day because it seems to me that by day you two are getting woser interms of chosing your outfits and attire

  60. wow – now after reading all this and understanding how much someone in the public figure can get scrutinized.. no wonder ash comes across as defensive/ holier than though sometimes in the media etc.

    imagine dealing wih this scruity for the last 12or so whatever years she has been in the limelight

    having said – this dress doesnt do justice to her arms.. though between this and saab – looks like she pumped some iron over night.. haha

  61. does not work for me!

    1. she is sporting a hunch here..and does not sit well with the mid section if you sport a tend to look heavier in the mid section.

    2. the Abhi guy needs some serious makeover…looks very wannabe

    3.fod god’s sake she 35…no need for hair bands..look at Kate Winslet in this age! she is gorgeous and does not try too hard…but thishair style is a bi no no!

  62. P&P, how come you never put up her appearance at the le grand journal interview where she wore the blue dress. there is a much interesting debate that will kick off rather than her weight

  63. Did not like this Roberto Cavalli’s dress on her, it looks cheap and she looks ordinary. Aishwarya is a mak-up artist dream!!


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