- 'It was an honour,' Aishwarya said of her first Cannes visit
- 'Down the years, it's virtually like I am a part of the family,' she said
- 'My first experience was truly memorable,' said Aishwarya
- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan -
Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan first came to Cannes in 2002 with the Hindi period drama Devdas.
"It was the first time that an Indian movie was screened here. Soon after, I was here as a jury member which was a first for any Indian actor. It was an honour and an incredible experience," said Aishwarya. "Down the years, it's virtually like I am a part of the family here and I feel very much at home," she added.
"My first experience was truly memorable and exceedingly special. We always heard how the duration of our cinema can sometimes be a bit overwhelming for the audience beyond (our) shores and Devdas by that measure is a long film," she said of the 2002 film.
"If I remember correctly, we got a 10-minute applause. It meant the world to us. It was by far the most touching and overwhelming experience for us because it was quite unexpected," Aishwarya added.
This veteran Spanish director attended Cannes for the first time in 1960 when his early work Los Golfos was nominated for the top Palme d'Or prize.
"It was an extraordinary experience which gave me exposure in France and also gave me the chance of getting personally acquainted with Luis Bunuel who was kind enough to come to the screening. Since then and until his death, we had a friendly relationship," he said.
"In Spain, they took advantage of my being in Cannes to censor nearly 15 minutes of Los Golfos. When I got back to Spain I was convinced I would never make a second film -- it was the era of Francoism. Happily, that wasn't the case," said the director.