Aishwarya Rai's 12 years at Cannes Film Festival

Bollywood actor and India's unofficial ambassador to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is yet to walk the red carpet this year. Indian beauties - Vidya Balan, Sonam Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat and Freida Pinto - have won the hearts of millions of Indians back home by their choice of dresses. Now all eyes will be on the former Miss World when she walks the red carpet on Sunday (May 19).  As we all wait for the "ASH" moment, here's a look at her looks over these 12 years at Cannes.
Bollywood actor and India's unofficial ambassador to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is yet to walk the red carpet this year. Indian beauties - Vidya Balan, Sonam Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat and Freida Pinto - have won the hearts of millions of Indians back home by their choice of dresses. Now all eyes will be on the former Miss World when she walks the red carpet on Sunday (May 19).
As we all wait for the "ASH" moment, here's a look at her looks over these 12 years at Cannes.
Cannes 2002: Aishwarya has had a hit-and-miss relationship with fashion at the Cannes red carpet.  For her debut Cannes appearance Aishwarya wore a golden Neeta Lulla sari with heavy gold jewellery.
Cannes 2002: Aishwarya has had a hit-and-miss relationship with fashion at the Cannes red carpet.
For her debut Cannes appearance Aishwarya wore a golden Neeta Lulla sari with heavy gold jewellery.
Cannes 2003: The very next year, the world's most beautiful lady was a disaster on the red carpet. Aishwarya, who is the first Indian actor to be a jury member at the Cannes, wore a neon green Neeta Lulla sari with her hair tied in a bun.  There were a series of badly chosen outfits at the Cannes that year. After her neon green sari, came a shimmering pink dress worn with diamonds and unkempt hair.
Cannes 2003: The very next year, the world's most beautiful lady was a disaster on the red carpet. Aishwarya, who is the first Indian actor to be a jury member at the Cannes, wore a neon green Neeta Lulla sari with her hair tied in a bun.
There were a series of badly chosen outfits at the Cannes that year. After her neon green sari, came a shimmering pink dress worn with diamonds and unkempt hair.
Cannes 2004: This revealing Neeta Lulla gown at the Cannes red carpet is Aishwarya's most criticised outfit till date. She wore her gown with Chopard jewellery.
Cannes 2004: This revealing Neeta Lulla gown at the Cannes red carpet is Aishwarya's most criticised outfit till date. She wore her gown with Chopard jewellery.
Cannes 2005: After three years of fashion disasters at Cannes, Ash finally got it right in 2005. She wowed all in her flirty, printed dress by Giorgio Armani.  Next came another winner in the form of a black Gucci gown which had a plunging neck.
Cannes 2005: After three years of fashion disasters at Cannes, Ash finally got it right in 2005. She wowed all in her flirty, printed dress by Giorgio Armani.
Next came another winner in the form of a black Gucci gown which had a plunging neck.
Cannes 2006: Aishwarya Rai wore a navy blue strapless gown with a snake like neck-piece. She got a thumbs up for her choice.
Cannes 2006: Aishwarya Rai wore a navy blue strapless gown with a snake like neck-piece. She got a thumbs up for her choice.
Cannes 2007: It was the year when she got married. And as expected walked the red carpet hand-in-hand with hubby Abhishek Bachchan. She was shining in her diamonds and white strapless gown.
Cannes 2007: It was the year when she got married. And as expected walked the red carpet hand-in-hand with hubby Abhishek Bachchan. She was shining in her diamonds and white strapless gown.
 Cannes 2008: Aishwarya Rai showed off her petite figure in her golden gown and that famous smile.  The next day, she looked sensuous in her black gown. Then came a bold fuschia gown for which Ash received rave reviews.
Cannes 2008: Aishwarya Rai showed off her petite figure in her golden gown and that famous smile.
The next day, she looked sensuous in her black gown.
Then came a bold fuschia gown for which Ash received rave reviews.
Cannes 2009: It is till date Aishwarya's best ever red carpet appearance at the Cannes. On Day 1 she wowed all with her floor-sweeping Roberto Cavalli strapless white gown.    Day 2: Ash was stunning in a grey Elie Saab one-shoulder gown  and slicked-back hair.
Cannes 2009: It is till date Aishwarya's best ever red carpet appearance at the Cannes. On Day 1 she wowed all with her floor-sweeping Roberto Cavalli strapless white gown.

Day 2: Ash was stunning in a grey Elie Saab one-shoulder gown and slicked-back hair.
Cannes 2010: By this time Elie Saab had become Aishwarya's favourite designer and she was again seen in a violet mermaid gown with a train and sheer shoulders.   It was the year when she was promoting Raavan at Cannes and for the photo call in the afternoon it was an off shoulder black dress and open hair.  Then came  another hit from Aishwarya - a black strapless Armani Prive gown. She added a dash of colour with her red lipstick.
Cannes 2010: By this time Elie Saab had become Aishwarya's favourite designer and she was again seen in a violet mermaid gown with a train and sheer shoulders.
It was the year when she was promoting Raavan at Cannes and for the photo call in the afternoon it was an off shoulder black dress and open hair.
Then came another hit from Aishwarya - a black strapless Armani Prive gown. She added a dash of colour with her red lipstick.
Cannes 2010: The same year, Aishwarya wore a sari to perfection. She was ravishing in a Sabyasachi sari.
Cannes 2010: The same year, Aishwarya wore a sari to perfection. She was ravishing in a Sabyasachi sari.
Cannes 2011: Aishwarya Rai was a stunner in another Elie Saab one shoulder embroidered gown. Next she cut a fine figure in a geometric Armani Prive dress with smokey eyes.  In the afternoon that very day, when her ill fated Heroine was announced, she wore a brown.  Ash dropped out of Heroine that year due to her pregnancy.
Cannes 2011: Aishwarya Rai was a stunner in another Elie Saab one shoulder embroidered gown.
Next she cut a fine figure in a geometric Armani Prive dress with smokey eyes.
In the afternoon that very day, when her ill fated Heroine was announced, she wore a brown.
Ash dropped out of Heroine that year due to her pregnancy.
Cannes 2012: Last year, new mom Aishwarya Rai got brawny points for her choice of grey Elie Saab gown which was clinging to her plus size curves. 2012 was the year, when Ash was criticised for her drastic weight gain post pregnancy.       Upon her arrival Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was first seen in an Angelo Katsapis maxidress. Then in a cream chikankari Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla sari for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala with an embroidered jacket, which was a complete fashion disaster.  After the amFAR gala Ash was then spotted in a Roberto Cavalli kaftan.
Cannes 2012: Last year, new mom Aishwarya Rai got brawny points for her choice of grey Elie Saab gown which was clinging to her plus size curves. 2012 was the year, when Ash was criticised for her drastic weight gain post pregnancy.
Upon her arrival Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was first seen in an Angelo Katsapis maxidress. Then in a cream chikankari Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla sari for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala with an embroidered jacket, which was a complete fashion disaster.
After the amFAR gala Ash was then spotted in a Roberto Cavalli kaftan.

Most Viewed