Fast Tango in Paris

A 'Fare Well at Cannes' party hosted by L'Oreal Paris, Chivas and Seagram is a marketing opportunity lost. It could have been a Mumbai-Delhi event, orchestrated by PR dons; raking in page 3 scribes and celebrity photographers. Verbal volleyball at the event between lensmen and celebs--"Saif, Saif, here, look here," or "Hi, Sonam, hello, one picture, hello…"; "Minissha, side photo please,"―would have given us our obligatory 'entertaining' pictures to beam the next day. Everybody would have looked pretty with L'Oreal sponsoring hair and makeup. And booze, as is now customary in glitzy gatherings, would have been free. The event could have been called Free and Fair at Cannes.

It is not topical satire. As a parade of global celebrities descend upon the French Riviera for the 64th edition of the Cannes Film festival, spare a thought for the India cast. It is a long list adding up to an interesting mix of talents. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a Cannes veteran walked the red carpet for the 10th year in a row. And well, what would happen to our annual Aishwarya bashing if she didn't? She may be India's most known export and this time director Madhur Bhandarkar and producer Ronnie Screwvalla will even announce their new film Heroine with her, but all we are interested in is what she wore. Her talent is To B and What Not To Wear (we miss you Abhishek, you suit her better than Jimmy Choo clutches).

Freida Pinto and Sonam Kapoor will be there too but all at different events to avoid head-on diva collision. The former strategized her move to Hollywood like a sassy publicist after Slumdog Millionaire's success. So she represents Unexpected Indian Success. Don't expect her to wear a Tarun Tahiliani but she will do well in a Lanvin or a Dior and wave like most former models do, when they kiss away less-profitable, ex lives away with pretty hands. Sonam, on the other hand is our only original celebrity clothes horse. To be fair, she gave a very smart answer to The Indian Express two days back. "Indian celebs are at an advantage because they can carry off both Indian and international garments," she said. So, she will represent Indian Fashion Diplomacy.

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