Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:30:00 GMT | By PTI

Aishwarya, other Indian stars to be invited to Cannes

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, among several Indian stars to be invited for the Cannes Film Festival


Aishwarya, other Indian stars to be invited to Cannes (© Varinder Chawla)

Panaji: The French government will specially invite actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for the Cannes Film Festival scheduled later this year which will also celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, a senior diplomat has said.

Aishwarya was conferred upon a civilian award by the French government for her contribution to the arts on the occasion of her birthday last year.

Responding to a question, French Ambassador to India Francois Richier told reporters in West Indian state Goa on Saturday that Aishwarya is always respected in France because of her association with the Cannes film festival.

"She is very dear to our heart and we are very grateful to her," said Richier, who had conferred the civilian award to the actress on behalf of the French government.

"The Cannes festival will have a special focus on Indian Cinema where we will invite Indian film stars," the Ambassador said, adding that Aishwarya would also be invited.

Aishwarya's French connection is a long one, right from the time she has been endorsing a French cosmetic brand, he said.

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