20 October, 2020

Call Her Belle De Jury

Aishwarya Rai makes it to the Cannes jury. Can she help bring in the business? Updates

Call Her Belle De Jury
So, our Cinderella goes to the ball. Prince Charming was missing but there were some ugly sisters. As Bollywood diva, Aishwarya Rai, traipsed down the red carpet and up the flight of stairs leading to the Grand Theatre Lumiere entrance, the nine members of the main competition jury, including Hollywood's undisputed, aging romantic comedy queen Meg Ryan, posed for a posse of persistent paparazzi. Ash was the last to arrive, nearly missed her step, in what clearly looked like an attempt to elbow her way to the centre of the assemblage, next to the jury chairman, French filmmaker Patrice Chereau. But Meg Ryan stood firm and unrelenting in the middle. This was Hollywood's night and she wouldn't let Bollywood hijack the occasion if she could help it.

She could. Devdas' Paro and L'Oreal's latest 'It Girl' gave up without a fight and settled for a place at the edge of the shutterbugs' frame, somewhere between American auteur Steven Soderbergh and Bosnian director Danis Tanovic, the winner of last year's Oscar in the Best Foreign Language film category. Caught between heavy...


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