Indian actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been representing India at the Cannes Film Festival for over a decade – once as a jury member, then for a movie, and multiple times for a cosmetic brand. She says wearing makeup is part of her lifestyle as she belongs to the glamour industry, but she really feels it is as good as music in setting her mood for the day.
The world has seen the blue-eyed beauty in different characters in films – whether it was the vulnerable prisoner in Provoked, the beautiful Bengali girl in Devdas, the young Gujarati girl in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam or an angry sister in Sarbjit. Interestingly, makeup has played a crucial role in building up her on-screen characters.
"I think we all love to play with colours to create something that reflects on every creative aspect of life – be it makeup, fashion. I think makeup is like music, it's like a creative energy, it uplifts and sets your mood," Aishwarya said in a phone interview.
The actress, who always experiments with her lip colour and eye shadow, and at times gets criticism as well, spoke about how she celebrates the power of makeup as part of her daily life.
"We are in a profession where we are working day and night and still have to meet people in a certain way. I might have a sleepless night with my child but the next day when I am going for a professional meeting, people shouldn't get that vibe that ‘Oh God! She is tired'," Aishwarya said.
"That’s where makeup comes in. I get ready every morning with my lipstick, mascara, and basic makeup... that gives me a fresh energy. I also think that since I have been working for so many years, it has now become a part of my life," said the L'Oréal Paris brand ambassador.
Since the last couple of years her daughter Aradhya accompanies her at the Cannes. Is she also getting familiar with the whole grandeur?
"Well, I think yes, as she understands the fact that we get photographed everywhere we go, at the airport, outside our house. She knows that we go places and sees our posters everywhere. I think Aradhya is quite aware, but I do not sit down and talk about these things," said Aishwarya, who is married to actor Abhishek Bachchan.
"There are certain things about her that make me smile...like when fans come to me with a selfie request, at times she photo bombs them. At times, she asks me, 'Mamma, not me na?' as she knows I keep requesting shutterbugs not to click her pictures. In fact, the recent airport photo that you all have seen her waving at in, has a story. When I saw the picture, I asked her, ‘Whom were you waving your hands at?'. She said, ‘No Mumma, I was telling them, no no, no photo please!'. Isn't it cute? She is very spontaneous," she said signing off. - IANS