Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will deliver her first overseas stage performance since the birth of her daughter, Aaradhya Bachchan. The 39-year-old former Miss World will go on stage for a musical number during The Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA), to be held in Vancouver, in the Canadian province of British Columbia, next week.
What should make the performance particularly interesting is the fact she will share the stage with her husband, fellow Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan. The couple, with industry legend Amitabh Bachchan (Abhishek's father) are three of the most influential figures in the Indian film and entertainment industry.
Aishwarya, who had to face considerable criticism, from within Bollywood, over her reluctance to shed post-pregnancy weight immediately after birth, has since re-established herself as among the most glamorous faces of Indian cinema.
She completed her comeback with a first live stage show in the country last week, at the Ponds Femina Miss India 2013 pageant. The dance, to a song from a 2010 Hindi film called Guzaarish, marked the end of a three-year break from acting or performing of any sort.
The TOIFA ceremony is scheduled to start on 4 April and Aishwarya's performance is expected on the final day of the three-day event. The awards show will be hosted by actors Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Boman Irani.
According to the Huffington Post, the British Columbia government will spend close to $10m (roughly £6.58m) on this three-day event alone, with a further $1.5 (roughly £988,000) on business fairs and trade shows. The province's Premier, Christy Clark, explained this was an opportunity to strengthen business ties between India and British Columbia.
This is the second time in three years that major Indian cinema awards will be held in Canada. The first was the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA), which were held in Toronto in 2011, at the cost of $12m (roughly £7.9m).