The first time Aishwarya Rai Bachchan visted Cannes Film Festival was in 2002 with Shahrukh Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the screening of Devdas.
Recently, Aishwarya revealed to IANS, "I don't know how much I can underline that or validate that but I would definitely say that my first experience was truly memorable and exceedingly special. It wasn't for an individual but for the entire team of Devdas. It meant a lot to us because it was quite unexpected. We were showcasing our film and getting that kind of reception that we did was truly overwhelming.''
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan further added, "The first visit was so memorable. Imagine having a first experience like that. It is something and I don't think anyone in the world can take that away from us and that is something that will always make us feel thankful for having that experience for us to cherish and recount forever.''
''It was a night screening. We always heard about how the duration of our cinema can sometimes be a bit overwhelming for the audience beyond the shores and Devdas by that measure is a long film,'' she said.
"They made the reception so wonderful by actually creating this little ride up in a horse carriage. The three (Aishwarya, Shah Rukh and Sanjay Leela Bhansali) of us went up and we truly felt like we were representing us. It just felt glorious from the first step on the red carpet," added Aishwarya.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan also revealed, "If I remember correctly, we got a 10-minute applause continuously after that. It meant the world to us. It was by far the most touching and overwhelming experience for us because like I said, it was quite unexpected and immensely pleasurable."