The actress has been attending the festival from past 14 years and the attention that she drew was not enough for Aishwarya to get entry into the India Pavilion at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 19.
The 41 year old, launched the first look of her comeback movie, Jazbaa at the Cannes so when she arrived for a photocall held to promote Jazbaa, she was denied entry because she wasn't in possession of the mandatory ‘Blue Pass'.
While media waited for the stunning beauty dressed in the elegant burgundy gown, the film's director Sanjay Gupta and co-producer Sachin Joshi watched helplessly.
It was not till Indian Embassy protocol officer Satya Paul Singh and representatives of FICCI (the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) came that the issue got solved. They convinced the authorities that Aishwarya was a global celebrity and therefore she could not be stopped at the gate.
Check out few pics of the Jazbaa photocall, the day Aishwarya was denied entry!
20 Minute Wait
Satish Reddy, Managing Director of World News Network said, "The security personnel didn't allow Aishwarya access to the India Pavilion because she was not in possession of the Blue Pass. Therefore, Aishwarya and the whole ‘Jazbaa' team had to wait 20 minutes or more at the gate."
Satya Paul Saves The Day
"It was the prompt initiative taken by Satya Paul Singh and the FICCI representatives that saved the day," added Reddy.
Satya Paul, admits, "The car in which Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was seated had no Blue sticker that gives admission to guests at the India Pavilion. They were barred at the gates."
Ash At Cannes
He further added, "We had to rush and convince the chief security officer that Mrs. Bachchan was a global celebrity. It took us inside an hour before the security chief granted verbal permission to the ‘Jazbaa' team to proceed. Finally all went on well."
Ash's PR person denied saying, "It's not true. Permissions were taken by our bodyguard Franck in the morning itself along with Samir (Kumar) from FICCI so I wonder how these rumors go around."
Samir Kumar, Deputy Director of FICCI, Media and Entertainment said, "It was not at all a major issue. As per norms the Blue Pass is mandatory therefore we had to request the Security officials at Cannes for admission who co-operated with us. There was no waiting at all," he said.
Aish At Photocall
The actress worn a stunning burgundy gown for the photocall of Jazbaa, Aishwarya's comeback movie directed by Sanjay Gupta.
Ash's First Look In Jazbaa
This is the first look of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan from her comeback film, Jazbaa in which she plays the role of a lawyer.
This is Irrfan Khan's first look from the movie Jazbaa in which he will be seen essaying the role of a cop.
Final Day At Cannes
For the Cannes Finale appearance, the actress decided to opt for this white embellished gown in which she looked absolutely breathtaking.