Aishwarya Rai Bachchan creates a stir in Sydney

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By Manju Mittal

Queen of Bollywood and a woman named one of the most beautiful on the planet Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, was in Sydney over the weekend to celebrate the launch of the new Longines DolceVita model watches, and to present the prize for Elegance at The Championships Day 2 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day.   This was Aish’s first trip to Sydney since appearing at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in Melbourne in 2006.

Crowned Miss World back in 1994, Aishwarya has forged a successful modelling and subsequent acting career in Bollywood. In 2003 she became the first Indian actress to be a Cannes Film Festival Jury Member, being the brand ambassador of L’Oreal’. She is a regular at Cannes and is the queen of the red carpet for 14 years. Proving her versatility as an actress, she took her onscreen talent to Hollywood in 2004.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrived at the Longines Showroom in Sydney on Friday April 8,  2016 afternoon.  Aishwarya is an ambassador for the Swiss luxury watch brand for the past 17 years. Longines is famous for its motto ”˜elegance is an attitude’, and as a loyal celebrity ambassador Aishwarya certainly fits the brand to a tee.  She wowed Sydney with her appearance at the blue carpet.  She looked stunning and fresh in her dress by Aussie designer ”˜Tony Maticevski’ and her red lips simply carried the look with grace. She was blowing kisses to her fans and posing confidently with that perfect smile. She was soon spotted clicking a selfie with her fans.

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“Tony Maticevski’s designs are fantastic and I love this idea of how he makes fabric move and yet it gives it an interesting, modern structure”, she told the media. She also mentioned that there are a few local designers that have captured her heart. Aishwarya signed a poster in store for the launch of the new DolceVita collection, supporting a version of the watch featuring a rectangular face, framed by 46 Wesselton VVS diamonds, and a red alligator strap, priced at $4850, the time piece will be a luxury item for most. Aishwarya indicates the watch on her slender wrist, “While we obviously respect and value time, what I love about these timepieces is again about who I am as a person. It’s elegant, it’s classy and yet it doesn’t scream for attention,” she said.

On Friday night, Aishwarya stepped out at the Longines DoiceBita Asia Pacific Launch in Sydney at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The brand ambassador donned a white, off the shoulder dress with a tulle overlay believed to be by her favourite Melbourne based designer.  Aishwarya posed with her hands in the front pockets of the dress, which appeared to be a strapless honeycomb mesh material which was cinched in at the waist.

Aishwarya made an appearance at Sydney’s Autumn Carnival at Royal Randwick on Saturday April 9, 2016. The 42 year old Aishwarya said she is tremendously grateful and excited for the invitation. Aishwarya expressed her fondness for horse racing as she geared up for Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival on Saturday. “I get to admire the beauty, elegance and the grace, and the expertise of the jockeys when they’re at the races, It’s like a little cultural celebration that you all enjoy, and I get to partake in it so thank you all,” she said.

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Speaking to media at Sydney Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday, she shared connection between beauty and motherhood. ”˜You can bring the two together’ she began when asked about motherhood and beauty, before continuing ”˜yet they are individual aspects in the sense that beauty goes in tandem with motherhood in its entirety of definition’. She added ”˜And yet motherhood is such a singular experience that I wouldn’t intertwine it with beauty in the context of being a brand ambassador’.

According to the actress, she feels the most elegant when she is at peace with herself, “It’s not about an opportunity, it’s not about an event and it’s not about the clothes, it’s just about being comfortable in your skin.”

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Aish 7Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aishwarya said her upcoming film ”˜Sarbjit’ to be released next month was a wonderful and intense piece of cinema to work on. Aish also revealed why she chose to be a part of the film directed by Omung Kumar, “I thought this was a unique subject and a story that is based on a  real one.” The film is set to be released in May, and the award winning actress hopes her fans enjoy the cinematic experience as much as she treasured working on it.

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Varun Tiwari with Aishverya  at Longine Watches launch





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Consul General Vanlalvawna and his wife with Divya Dhingra and TIDU  writer Manju Mittal at Royal Randwick Racecourse










Sydneysiders enjoyed seeing her during her short visit to Australia. And for me it was good to see our beautiful Aish right here on Aussie soil. Having met her at Cannes for three days in a row and seen her from up close I was keen to see her again. She came to Sydney to fulfill that desire of mine and of many of us who came to be photographed with the most beautiful woman in the world. And I am proud to say that she is Indian.

(Pics courtesy Rajesh Photography and Varun Tiwari)

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