Self-absorbed Aishwarya Rai addicted to red carpet, thinks the year is still 1994!

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That’s when she won the world beauty title.

For the Indian woman actors, Cannes Film Festival is hardly about movies. It is merely an opportunity to rub shoulders with the ‘real’ global stars and capture the moment for the people back home to marvel. With Indian movies not worth its salt, is it any wonder that attention-seeking women like Aishwarya Rai, Sonam Kapoor and the others shamelessly strut the red carpet, reveal their vital stats, click pictures and go back home with a sense of false pride. It’s making a mockery of India and its mentality.

Salman Khan, Masaan, Richa Chaddha, Shahrukh Khan, Karan Johar, Cannes Film Festival

This time around, the Cannes Film Festival banned taking selfie on the red carpet, but it didn’t stop our ‘jugaadu’ actresses from brazenly clicking selfies and pictures on the red carpet.

Aishwarya Rai, in particular, was her usual sexually provocative self. The ‘Bachchan parivaar ki bahu’ has still not been able to leave behind the glory of winning the Miss World title. It has been a long time since it happened but she still thinks she is a cut above the rest… So long as she keeps it to herself, it should be alright.

She started with her usual, boring ‘flying kiss’. This was her 14th visit to the Cannes red carpet and she still can’t have enough of it. It was like she wanted everyone to appreciate her, to tell her that she still looks like a 21-year-old.

Aishwarya Rai, perhaps because she could have been under the influence, photo-bombed a picture too on the red carpet! She emerged out of nowhere and got clicked with some random guy. She thought she did the guy a favour by appearing in the frame… She pouted, did a jig, laughed with complete strangers (this was aimed at sending out the impression that she is friends with a whole lot of global people).

Salman Khan, Masaan, Richa Chaddha, Shahrukh Khan, Karan Johar, Cannes Film Festival

Moving on to other serious issues, Cannes Film Festival is not really about red carpet glitz and glamour; it is more importantly about good cinema from across the globe being recognized at such a prestigious platform. Quite a few Indian movies are being made to cater to the international audience. ‘Masaan’, featuring Richa Chaddha, was filmed at Cannes Film Festival and received a five -minute-long standing ovation.

Salman Khan, Masaan, Richa Chaddha, Shahrukh Khan, Karan Johar, Cannes Film Festival

Movies like Masaan should also be released in India, but the intellectual Indian movie makers focus largely on the western audience because they believe Indians are not yet ready for uncommon cinema. The Indians are only good at consuming masala movies with Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan and the others. Salman Khan movies are Tollywood remakes while Shah Rukh only does romantic movie.

Movies showcased at Cannes Film Festival are recognized by worldwide cinema. For instance, an Indian movie, “Court”, was acknowledged and appreciated by global audience but we in India are unaware. Unless we start paying attention to such off beat cinema, we will never be exposed to the variety and depth cinema has to offer.

Slum Dog Millionaire was not a big hit in India but made a mark worldwide because the kind of audience targeted was foreign audience. Even though there is a lot of audience that might understand the concepts, there are still many to whom just the raunchy dance numbers and fight scenes help.

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