In addition to her duties for L'Oreal, who she has represented at Cannes for almost 15 years now, Aishwarya was showcasing her work-in-progress film Jazbaa at Cannes last month. Arriving for a Jazbaa-related event at India Pavilion, Aishwarya's car was barred by security because it was missing the required security document.
According to Satish Reddy, the Managing Director of World News Network who was present at the event, "The security personnel's didn't allow Aishwarya the access to the Indian Pavilion because she was not in possession of the mandatory Blue Pass."
Aishwarya and Team Jazbaa, which included director Sanjay Gupta, are reported to have waited over 20 minutes before being allowed in, with diplomats and FICCI officials scrambling to have security personnel let them through.
There was a happy ending in store, in the best Bollywood fashion, and these photos of an Oscar de la Renta-clad Aishwarya were posted by the official India Pavilion Twitter handle:
Candid conversation with Ms. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at 68th Cannes International Film Festival @ India Pavilion. pic.twitter.com/DK8HLebjUr— India Pavilion (@India_at_Cannes) May 20, 2015
Aishwarya, 41, has been on maternity leave and Jazbaa is her first film since 2010's Guzaarish, five years ago. It co-stars Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi and Anupam Kher and releases on October 9.